Behavioral Connections is a team of Board Certified Behavioral Analysts (BCBA), and highly trained and experienced staff, passionate about teaching children with all levels of Autism. Our extensive experience in the field and our commitment to data collection and analysis allow us to expand beyond traditional methods and deliver a powerful connection. A connection found through words.
WORDS IDENTIFY, EXPRESS AND EMPOWER
When a child learns the connection between a word and the value of its meaning, he will express his needs and desires... and have them met. Our goal is to provide a teaching experience that will reshape how your child communicates. By delivering an effective autism program and working closely with our clients and families, we believe in gaining optimal outcomes.
Behavioral Connections provides intensive intervention services to children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Autism, or Aspergers Syndrome). We use a combination of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and a subspecialty of ABA called Applied Verbal Behavior (AVB). ABA and AVB are empirically validated treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
Verbal behavior is a form of applied behavior analysis based on Skinner's analysis, which was published in Verbal Behavior (1957). In verbal behavior the teacher focuses on the development of language through the functional control of environmental contingencies. Teaching occurs at a table as well as the natural environment. During intensive teaching, known skill cards are created based on the child's ABLLS/VB MAPP assessment. Program goals are then taught at a ratio of 80% known to 20% targets, preventing regression among known skills. This ensures frequent and varied reinforcement among many skill domains. Natural environment training generalizes skills across environments and materials. The emphasis is placed on manding (requesting), which helps the child learn that words have meaning across a variety of situations.
"What happens when a man speaks or responds to speech is clearly a question about human behavior and hence a question to be answered with the concepts and techniques of psychology as an experimental science of behavior," (Skinner, 1957, p.5)