The older teenage and young adults especially enjoy opportunities to roll up to a job site in style. Parents and siblings are encouraged to ride with their loved one in the limo or to meet us out in the community so that they are trained in the ABA strategies we are implementing. However, during the initial stages of learning, the family members are sometimes discouraged from being present while we gain control of any socially inappropriate behaviors. Later, the family members are gradually and systematically introduced to the activity.
Rather than a stigmatizing small school bus, our learners ride in our company limousine to and from our social skill opportunities in the community. We engage in community activities such as bowling, arcades, fitness centers, and malls etc.
We use the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to facilitate socials skills groups in Cherry Hill NJ & Mt. Laurel NJ. Parents receive data based progress reports along with charts to examine trends in each learner’s progress. Clinical decisions are made on an individual basis for each learners' needs and based on trends in his/her data. These programs are all under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
A significant part of providing services to individuals with severe behavior problems in schools, homes, or community settings is the routine management of challenging/unsafe behavior (aggression, self-injury, property destruction moving an individual from a dangerous situation, etc.). Although a positive behavior intervention plan may be in place, there may be circumstances that warrant physical intervention as a last resort for safety purposes.
Although most crisis situations can be avoided through staff’s use of effective verbal skills, proactive strategies, and positive programming, there are times when physical interventions are necessary. Brett DiNovi and Associates offers an introductory training program based on Devereux’s Safe and Positive Approaches for Preventing and Responding to Crisis curriculum, however we have added additional antecedent and function-based applied behavior analysis strategies to the curriculum.
Devereux’s Safe and Positive Approaches curriculum provides a continuum of intervention and prevention measures that should reduce the use of restraint. Two introductory curricular components available through Brett DiNovi and Associates include strategies taken from Deveruex’s Safety Techniques and Personal Emergency Interventions trainings.
Devereux’s Safety Techniques are safe and effective physical interventions that can be used in crisis situations when someone is being physically threatened or harmed and less intrusive interventions (e.g., verbal de-escalation) alone are ineffective. Brett DiNovi and Associates offers an introduction to this Safety Techniques training, which provides staff with passive, evasive movements that protect and minimize the risk of injury to staff and students.
Devereux also created a Personal Emergency Interventions training to address times when a student’s aggressive, self-injurious or destructive behavior escalates to the point where less restrictive options are ineffective or not appropriate. This curriculum was developed with the safety of both staff and students in mind. Brett DiNovi and Associates also offers an introductory training based on this Devereux model.
When we travel to the consultation site to provide this training, 1 of our trainers is required for every 6 participants/trainees. This provides each participant with the individual attention required to practice each technique to proficiency. The costs are very reasonable, because schools are only billed at the Behavioral Consultant rate for each trainer.
Please contact Matt Linder to schedule or for details at 215.237.2031 or firstname.lastname@example.org