Consultation and Training

Motiva’s Behavioral Services Department offers a variety of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services, including training, assessment, program development, and ongoing consultations to meet the needs of children have been diagnosed with Autism and Related Conditions, their parents and families as well as their schools and other community agencies.

Our clinical team is able to monitor behavior programs and work with school districts to develop effective individual behavior programs. These services can be provided in the client’s home or school through trained personnel.

The following is a brief description of the services we offer:

Applied
Behavior Analysis (ABA)

This is an informative presentation for teachers or staff that focuses on educating people on the different applications of ABA. Pivotal Response Teaching (PRT), Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT), Natural Environment Teaching (NET) and Floor Time are the applications that are under the theoretical umbrella of ABA. In addition to providing an overview on these topics, ideas on how to incorporate these strategies while writing IEP goals and documenting progress on goals and objectives, are also covered. 

The role of educational advisors is defined and strategies on how to prepare for IEP meetings with these professionals are discussed.

Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): Theory and Practice

This comprehensive training explains the characteristics of autism and describes ABA in depth. Topics covered in this course include discrete trial training components, prompting procedures, teaching, chaining, how to develop and implement a functional analysis, reinforcement principles, data collection, and curriculum creation.

Training

Our comprehensive training includes behavioral theory, behavior analysis, behavioral teaching techniques, program development and evaluation. The following list includes the training components we offer. We can also design a specific training program to meet particular needs.

  1. Introduction to Autism.
  2. Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis. (ABA)
  3. Classification of Language Behavior.
  4. Motivation System/Reinforcement.
  5. Methods of Teaching.
  6. Aid Procedures, Training and Chaining.
  7. Data collection.
  8. Development and use of programming books.
  9. Procedures for Therapy Sessions.
  10.     Information and review of specific protocols.

Evaluations

We can assist in the comprehensive assessment of children to determine educational and behavioral needs. The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS) is the most appropriate tool to assess the needs of an ABA student. The ABLLS is an assessment, curriculum guide, and tracking skills system for children with language and developmental delays.  

The ABLLS contains an analysis of the different skills necessary to successfully communicate and learn from everyday experiences. The information obtained from the evaluation will be used to carry out the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for students. 

Development and Behavior Program

The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills provides a benchmark of information regarding the child’s current skills and a curriculum that serves as the basis for establishing educational objectives. The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills also includes a set of networks that make up a system of tracking skills that allows observing and documenting the child’s current acquisition of critical skills. 

Curriculum Development and Behavior Programming

The results of the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills will be analyzed and used to create a comprehensive behavioral study plan tailored to the specific needs of the child. It will make a written report of the evaluation as well as a book that includes the protocols indicated, ways of tracking skill and forms for data collection. Specific materials for current protocols will be indicated. 

Clinical Supervision Consultation

Continuous Skills Assessment is important to ensure that students’ prescribed goals are being met and to develop new goals as the student progresses. Students often reap benefits very quickly in behavioral programs therefore continuous assessment is a component of any effective program. The Reevaluation includes the use of the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills and making modifications as necessary according to the reevaluated skills.

We also offer consultation services and ongoing supervision, training, problem solving, and curriculum development for the duration of the student behavior program. There are many issues that arise when the beginning behavioral therapist begins working with a student, and ongoing consultations provide direct staff with an opportunity to discuss any learning or behavioral problems that may occur, as well as behavioral teaching strategies. 

Consultations may also involve observing student teaching sessions and reviewing data forms. Ongoing supervision and consultation may decrease as district staff becomes more skilled in all aspects of teaching and scheduling. 

Additionally, our bilingual staff can offer family consultations to discuss the program, evaluation results, and history. Family involvement is of utmost importance to assist in the continuity of skills performed in different settings.

Clinical Supervision

Motiva Associates provides clinical supervision services to nonprofits that require certified or licensed clinical behavior analysts to supervise staff eligible to be certified or licensed behavior analysts (eg, Associate MFTS, BCBAs and BCaBAs in supervision).

Create / Implement using Task Analysis

The Task Analysis training defines what they are, what skills can be appropriately taught using this strategy, and how to implement task analysis at school and at home. Types of task analysis, chaining concepts and behavior training and reinforcement issues are highlighted in this training.

Functional Analysis

This is an extensive presentation on how to develop a functional behavioral analysis, as well as how to develop and carry out a behavioral intervention plan.

Training in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).

A description of the theory behind PECS and detailed training on how to implement the use of PECS in the classroom and at home are carried out.

Integration in Schools

This training covers the generalization of skills from Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT) to classroom instruction. The fading process of 1: 1 instruction and applying the skills learned during individual instruction are generalized to small group teaching. Appropriate classroom goals and effective strategies for teacher assistants are also covered. 

Understanding and Teaching Verbal Behavior

The BF Skinner Verbal Behavior Model is explained with ideas on how to put these concepts into practice with children with expressive and receptive language deficits.

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