Motivating children to realize their potential

Methodologies

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Verbal Behavior

Natural Environment Teaching (NET)

Love 2 Learn is based on the belief that children learn best when they are motivated through reinforment and are having fun. Natural Enviroment Teaching takes place in all of sessions.

Each learner requires an individulaized program. Some will require more Intensive Teaching at different stages of thier process. Our clinicians assess each learner as an individual to assure that progress is being made as quickly as possible.

Characteristics of Verbal Behavior Programs Include:

Manding (requesting) is the first skill taught. Our goal is to have learners manding hundreds of times per day. Capture and contrive the learner’s Motivative Operation (MO) in order to increase the quantity and variety of mands. Once a mand is acquired it can then be transfered across the other operants.

Most to Least Prompting is used to assure that the learner is practicing the correct response as opposed to inadvertently learning the incorrect response through repeated errors. It is essential to utilize quick fading procedures so that learners do not become prompt dependent.

Correction Procedure

If an error is made or you don’t get a response within 2-3 seconds, use the correction procedure for the following reasons:

  • To teach the skill quickly

  • To assure that the learner does not get frustrated. Learning should always be fun!

  • To prevent the learner from practicing the incorrect skills.

Mixed and Varied Targets

To keep the learners alert targets from different operants are mixed and varied.

Transfer across the Operants

Once a learner acquires a word under one operant (typically the mand is first) then the interventionist teaches it across the remaining verbal operants so that the learner understands the word in all of it’s functions.

Cold Probe Data

The first response of the day is recorded. If the skill is prompted then it is retaught throughout the day but no additional data is recorded until the following day. The thought is that effective teaching procedures will produce a correct response after repeated trials. The true measurement of skill acquisition is to see if the learner has the skill the following day.

Intensive Trial Training (ITT): Is one of the structured ways in which skills are taught within ABA programs. Larger skills are broken down into sub skills. Then a unit of teaching occurs.
Assessments: Typically Verbal Behavior programs are guided by the following assessments. The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills-Revised ABLLS-R

The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program VB-MAPP.
Natural Environment Teaching (NET)/Incidental Teaching: Quality programs have structured procedures in place to plan and implement NET. Learners acquire new skills and expand their play interests within NET. Teachers structure the environment and the lesson so that learners will have the opportunity to learn within ongoing typical activities. It is essential to teach parents to integrate this into the daily routine such as dinner and bath time. NET is known for it’s effectiveness in generalizing skills across multiple people, places and environments.

Natural Environment Teaching (NET)

The essence of Natural Environment Teaching is that learners acquire new skills through dynamic and reinforcing play activities. Some of the learners that we encounter have limited play repertoires. Natural Environment Teaching uses direct teaching and pairing techniques to expand the learner’s play interests and teach new skills.