LONG-TERM LOCAL CONSULTATIONS
These services are most appropriate for families in Westchester County, the Bronx, and NY, NY. During the initial preparation phase, which typically lasts for a week or two, I spend a day or so talking with the family and observing the student in various settings, including at home during free time, in ABA sessions with various staff, and at school. Then, with the family's help, I conduct a curriculum-based assessment, typically the ABLLS. After discussing ideas, goals, and concerns with the family and staff, I design a comprehensive curriculum which addresses language, academic, motor, and social skill repertoires.
Once the curriculum is ready, I conduct an initial training workshop, involving lecture on verbal behavior, errorless learning, and the principles of behavior. I also go through the curriculum program by program to explain the target skills and the ways in which to teach them. Once this portion of the workshop is over, I work with the student while the staff observes, in order to demonstrate effective teaching procedures. Then each staff member and I work 2:1 with the student for a brief period. Once this preparation period is over, I conduct weekly 2-3 hour 2:1 hands-on training sessions with each staff member. Initially, I work with the student while the staff member observes and takes data (to get reliability). Next, the staff member works with the student while I prompt and shape effective teaching practices. The duration of the hands-on training period depends on how quickly the staff member becomes an effective teacher; the training lasts until the staff member is ready to work with the student independently.
Once the entire staff has been trained, I make weekly visits to supervise and maintain the curriculum, observe staff occasionally to insure consistency, and to hold team meetings. The frequency of my visits depends on the student and staff. Email and phone consultations are also frequent occurrences. The main goal is to insure that the student is learning; having a well-trained staff and a quality curriculum are the best ways to help that happen.
Out-of-State Monthly Consultations