All behavior planning is supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
We believe that ‘teaching’ is the best behavior plan and that a structured environment with clear visual supports, clear rules and careful attention to communication needs will help most students succeed in a classroom environment.
It is true that most of our students come to us with challenging behaviors including aggression and self-injury. We conduct functional behavior assessments for each student and design behavior plans to decrease maladaptive behaviors and replace them with functional skills. We use positive reinforcement strategies to build each student’s repertoire of communication skills and adaptive living skills to help minimize problem behaviors.
For each student that has a behavior plan in place, we carefully track progress using our data collection system. Our team meets twice a week and make changes based on the data.
We use a system that emphasizes non-contingent breaks, errorless teaching procedures, access to preferred items and a lot of positive attention for appropriate behaviors.
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are characterized by deficits in communication, social skills and repetitive behaviors. We believe that many ‘behavior problems’ are communication problems and work hard to provide every student with a communication system that allows them to express their wants, needs, likes and dislikes.
We also program in many social opportunities so that they can learn to make friends, socialize and participate more fully in their communities. We provide 24-Hour In-Home Behavioral Support and Emergency Response services as well as Mental and Behavioral Health Skill-Building Programs. With the goal of improving each child’s behavior, communication skills, and quality of life, and keep them in the home with their loving, supportive family. To find out more about behavior planning contact us.
Adam Dreyfus, Senior Director of the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism at St. Joseph's Villa, has been appointed to serve on the Board of Education’s State Special Education Advisory Committee.