At ACI we understand the challenges a child faces in finding their voice and a means to communicate their wants and needs. Without the ability to let others around them know what they want or need, many children often engage in challenging behavior in order to communicate. Helping the child learn to communicate to those around them can often drastically reduce these challenging behaviors. Our team of BCBAs, BCaBAs, and ABA therapists work diligently to determine items, activities, and information that are motivating for our students. Capturing this motivation and centering our teaching on these moments increases the opportunities the student has to learn to communicate.
Based on the work of B. F. Skinner, the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) breaks down communication into different domains. These areas include manding (requesting), tacting (labeling) listener responding (following instructions), echoics (echoing others), and other areas. At ACI we focus our efforts on teaching each of these different domains in an effort to provide the child the ability to communicate with a variety of people in different settings.
Motivation is an incredibly important part of the picture when it comes to communication. Capturing this motivation, and taking advantage of it as a learning opportunity to improve communication is an area where our highly trained staff excels. Our children learn to communicate in a variety of different ways using evidence-based interventions to teach these modes.
- Vocal communication
- Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
- iPad and Augmentative communication devices
- American Sign Language
- And many more
It is important that the approach to determine the best means of communication is individualized based on each student’s strengths. Our focus is always to increase vocal communication, but we often use other means of communication as a way to acquire additional vocal behavior.
At ACI we understand the value and importance of communication. It is the most important gift we can give a child. Communication gives our students a voice, a means to express their wants and needs, and allows parents the opportunity to have a conversation with their children.test