Pre K - High School
The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program provides intensive instruction to meet the behavioral, cognitive, language, academic, and social-emotional needs of students with autism and other severe developmental disorders. Specialized instruction using the principles of applied behavior analysis, including discrete trial teaching, is provided by specially trained staff.
ABA is a scientifically validated approach to understanding behavior and how behavior is affected by the environment. It is a widely recognized and effective treatment that is used to help students acquire basic skills such reading, conversing, and understanding another person’s perspective. ABA involves the application of behavioral techniques (such as positive reinforcement, shaping, task analysis, incidental teaching) to bring about meaningful and positive changes in behavior. The goal is to increase useful behaviors while reducing behaviors that may cause harm of interfere with learning.
The intervention programs break down desired skills into manageable steps. Instruction is provided in a 1:1 setting and focuses on skill acquisition, maintenance of that skill over time, and generalizing that skills to real life settings. Ongoing assessment and data collection is used to measure the student’s progress and the data is frequently reviewed to adjust procedures as needed. A BCBA is contracted to provide ongoing consultation to the program.
Cowing Alternative School (CAS):
The Cowing Alternative School program (CAS) is located at the Cowing School and serves students in grades K-8 who demonstrate significant deficits in the areas of social, emotional and behavioral functioning. CAS services are provided to students who require a highly specialized teaching methodology aimed at developing the student’s coping, decision-making, interaction, and self-regulation skills.
Students receiving CAS services will require behavioral therapy, and /or a highly structured, therapeutic, learning environment. Services are provided in a setting that also serves as a home base for students when a small, structured space is needed. Academic services are provided in the CAS classrooms until the students are ready to transition to the regular education setting. Transitions into the regular education setting will be done with fading support and use of developed skills within the general school environment.
The CAS program is staffed with a Special Education Teacher, Behavioral Consultant and, in general, one special education teacher and one paraprofessional. Up to 8 students may receive services within an instructional group when in the CAS classroom.