We offer support for Greater Manchester and Lancashire families with children with an Autism Spectrum Condition.
- Support for families going through diagnosis or those already diagnosed
- Advice on Implementing ABA in a home setting along with Saturday sessions
- Written guidance on each of your child’s target helping parents understand and teach targets alongside Saturday school.
- Access to a the Head Behaviourist and Behavioural Supervisor who will design, track and support teaching of your child’s targets to ask questions.
- Weekly feedback in person from your child’s one to one tutor describing progress.
- Exit reports to show the progress made through ABA for you to use for schools, nurseries and for implementing a new home program
- Support to new tutors wanting to work within the ABA field
- Support and advice on getting the right evidence and information together to present to schools for any tribunals or local authority meetings
- Weekly help/chat/support meetings with other parents whilst your child is in their session
- Training from outside professionals for you whilst your child is in their session
Firstly, to apply for a place for your child you need to fill in the following application form CLICK HERE
After application we will respond to let you know if a place is available.
Before the school starts your child will be assessed through various types of assessments by a behaviourist so we can set targets to match your child’s needs. This gives great insight when selecting targets, supporting skill building and removal of any barriers to learning so we can work towards reaching your child’s potential. Utilizing the hours at the Saturday School in the most effective way.
Any behaviour development plans for challenging behaviour will be developed where necessary heavily focusing on proactive strategies.
Once the Saturday school starts depending on your child’s requirements, they will be in a class with approx 5-8 children they will either be put together with a 1:1 ABA student volunteer or in a small group with a student dependent on their needs. The first 2 weeks will be spent ‘pairing’ which means having lots of fun, finding out what motivates your child to build a rapport with their tutor and the new environment so it’s a positive experience. While continuing the assessment process by your child’s assigned supervisor.
Each Classroom is headed by a Room leader who is experienced in ABA.
Your child and tutor work together on set targets covering the five important skill areas prepared from the child’s assessment and data is taken to track progress. Your child will access lots of activities in their assigned classroom such as, arts & crafts, role play, social skills groups, activities as in ride on toys, slides, bouncy castle etc. Your child will have opportunity to work on individual targets as well as group targets through the structured planning of lessons.
Each room will have a clear visual schedule of activities to facilitate working on different skill areas with appropriate visual aids/ token economy boards where necessary. Each classroom/group will have access to a time slot within the active play room.
A target for example:
Every child will have a communication target to allow your child to express their needs and desires with increasing complexity. Every child’s tutor will set up many opportunities to practice this throughout each day. I. E making requests based on the child’s motivation. ‘I want to spin’. Making it a positive learning experience and increasing the likelihood the request will be used again. Any support used to build the skill is faded out as soon as possible to foster independence. Data is collected on each target which is regularly reviewed making changes based on progress, this target may be further developed or broken down into smaller learning steps to match your child’s pace of learning.
You are always present at the Saturday School and can see your child in the rooms with their tutor/group. While your child is having fun you can chat with other parents and over a coffee/tea and biscuit or 2 and ask each other and the Directors for any help/advice.
- There may be professionals that come in to do talks if you wish to attend (a small fee maybe be charged for some of these workshops).
- The Student ABA tutors are always overseen by room leaders (Room leaders are experienced ABA therapists working in the field)
- The Room Leaders are overseen by ABA Supervisors and by our Head Behaviourist.
- Our Saturday School utilises the principles of ABA to teach social and group skills via a natural environment teaching approach.
- Children are initially grouped according to their social readiness with the aim of teaching skills with an adult, moving to learning through peers (other children) and then within a small groups.
If you’re interested in your child joining one of our 12 week ABA Saturday School intakes please CLICK HERE to express your interest for our next intake.