ABA / Verbal Behavior Treatment Model

Language Intervention Methodology

Our intervention is a behavioral-based program using the behavioral analysis of language as developed by B.F. Skinner*.

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the design, implementation, and evaluation of environmental modifications to produce socially significant improvement in human behavior. ABA includes the use of direct observation, measurement, and functional analysis of the relations between environment and behavior. ABA uses antecedent stimuli and consequences, based on the findings of descriptive and functional analysis, to produce practical change. It is also based on the belief that an individual behavior is determined by past and current environmental events in conjunction with organic variables such as genetics. Thus, it focuses on explaining behavior in terms of external events that can be manipulated rather than internal constructs that are beyond our control.

Applied behavior analysis is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree, and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behavior (Baer, Wolf & Risley, 1968; Sulzer-Azaroff & Mayor, 1991).

Our format utilizes successful teaching strategies in order to maintain a high level of positive reinforcement – this leads to a learner who is motivated to respond to instruction. Our teaching involves creativity and flexibility in order to move with the child's motivational variables. Instructors must be skilled in order to accommodate this flexibility while continuing to target the necessary skills that are the focus of the particular child's curriculum – each child's curriculum is a unique program.

We stress that a child's learning must be fun and motivating to all involved. We achieve this by refining the skills of those providing instruction in order to maximize learning opportunities based on the learner's motivation.

Each child who is served by the Holland Center has a curriculum that is individually developed in large part by utilizing The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (The ABLLS). This assessment instrument provides a measurement of a student's existing skills and the conditions under which the skills are being utilized. It provides the foundation for the development of a student's curriculum by isolating specific skills that prevent a child from acquiring new skills. The ABLLS is also an instant tracking system to continually measure learning achievements.

Ongoing data collection ensures that a student's skills are, in fact, being acquired and learned.

For more information on this program, contact Jackie Oji at 952.215.3753 or via e-mail joji@hollandcenter.com.
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10273 Yellow Circle Dr.
Minnetonka, MN 55343

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