Applied Behavioral Analysis Program

The most interesting people you’ll find are the ones that don’t fit into your average cardboard box. They’ll make what they need, they’ll make their own boxes.” Dr. Temple Grandin

Often, the most interesting people, namely children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disabilities, and other behavioral problems find themselves out of school in the middle of the academic year or not enrolled from the beginning due to their differences. These learners don’t fit inside the educational boxes that the community has standardized.

Stepping out of the box, LSESD’s SKILD took the initiative to create a school-like program for special learners with behavioral difficulties that will provide them with a nurturing and accepting environment. The Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) program helps children with behavioral difficulties by nurturing their skills and enhancing their independence and resilience with the end goal of modifying the learner’s behavior so that he/she can smoothly transition back into regular classrooms with minimal assistance. As every child is special, therapists will develop an individualized plan for each child which will include drama, music, sports, academics, group counseling, and individual therapy in an environment that is attentive to their needs.

The program is established in collaboration with Dr. Tonia Crane, a professional in the field of ABA and the founder and president of the Global Behavior Education Alliance which focuses on children with Autism. Dr. Crane trained our SKILD ABA specialist, developing together a unique program suitable for the local context. Dr. Crane will also be supervising the ABA program at SKILD. Moreover, as parents are an integral element in building the right environment for their children, the ABA program is designed to have an impact on parents as well. Through ABA, counselors will guide parents on understanding their children’s needs and improving their parental skills, hence maximizing their support level for their children.