Broad-Based Educational Services & Therapies

Broad-Based Educational Services and Therapies (BEST) Model

Serving students with significant autism & developmental delays, our model takes learned skills and practically applies them to the multiple environments in which a student would use those skills. Students spend portions of their day rotating through different modalities of instruction. The length and the frequency of each rotation is individually designed for each learner based on their current skills and future goals.

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Broad-Based Educational Services and Therapies (BEST) Model

Motor Lab

During Motor Lab, students increase fine and gross motor abilities and understanding of their environment by moving through a sequence of progressive skills. Students may also have the opportunity to interact with peers during this time.

Broad-Based Educational Services and Therapies (BEST) Model

Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT)

DTT is an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) strategy that is structured and fast-paced. Through 1:1 instruction, staff work to break down a student’s specific language skill into smaller “trials.” By breaking down these skills, we attempt to build up a brand-new skill. This is accomplished through repetition and a high frequency of reinforcement.

Broad-Based Educational Services and Therapies (BEST) Model

Natural Environment Teaching (NET)

Students take part in language-based social, play, and leisure activities that provide real-life simulations to generalize skills gained during Motor Lab and DTT.

Behavioral Management & Support

Each student enrolled in the Broad-Based Educational Services and Therapies (BEST) Model has behavior programming individualized to his or her needs, identified during a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA). First, we identify the behaviors that disrupt a student’s ability to access the environment and learning. We then use the data collected from the FBA and the classroom to devise strategies that get to the root cause of the student’s disrupted behaviors, always providing them with the tools to develop positive replacement behaviors.

Our Behavior Management System is reinforced through the use of 6 effective teaching strategies.

Applying hints and or cues to student to evoke a correct answer to give the students the ability to learn independent thoughts.

Each student will have a variable reinforcement schedule meaning that we will reinforce their work at a variety of times to increase the motivation of the given work

A method of applying prompting prior to a learner providing a working answer with the intentions that exposing the student to the correct answer will allow them to learn a skill faster
Specifically setting up the learning environment with visual cues to evoke learning such as but not limited to: social stories, visual schedules, visual rule list, PECS systems, visual labels, etc.

Rewarding students with social praise and physical preferred items to increase their desire to engage in work.

Applying sensory integration tools to the learning environment to enhance learning by given students the ability to regulate their bodies.

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