Applied Behavior Analysis

Services Offered to School Districts

 

We take pride in serving as a vital resource for School District’s Special Education Departments and can assist learners:

  • in schools
  • at our center-based locations
  • and in the home and community

We deliver the highest level of expertise in the areas of Behavior Intervention Services, Autism Consultation, Classroom Management Systems, and Professional Development Workshops.

     

    Interim Alternative Placement for Home Instruction

    Marra & Glick ABA offers unique center-based locations which provide services to a diverse group of individuals, and a one of a kind interim alternative placement for home instruction. We are the only ABA agency on Long Island that is owned and operated by Licensed Behavior Analysts. The goal of MGABA programs is to re-integrate our learners  into the community and recommended school setting, as soon as possible.

    At MGABA, we honor each person’s unique learning style by developing individually designed programs and behavior management plans that nurture the learner’s interests and  promote skill acquisition utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

    Our clinicians develop programs  using  evidenced-based assessment tools, in order to identify barriers to learning and adaptive functioning.

    The MGABA center-based locations offer a  variety of unique opportunities including:

    • Behavior programming
    • Full-day services from 9:00 – 3:00 pm
    • Extended day services from 3:00 -7:00 pm
    • Skill Acquisition
    • Social Skills
    • Daily Living Skills
    • Pre-Vocational Skills
    • Provision of home instruction hours for school aged learners
    • Adapted recreation activities

    Licensed Behavior Analysts work on-site daily with our clinical team and regularly review data to assess progress and ensure success.  The Clinical Director is readily available and oversees all skill and behavior management programming.

    Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Instruction/Training

    Applied Behavior Analysis techniques are utilized to break down tasks and skills into component parts to help their learner maximize success in the learning experience in the classroom and at home. Programs are modified to meet the individual needs of each learner, utilizing the environment and systems of positive reinforcement. Our Licensed Behavior Analysts, Board Certified Behavior Analysts, and skilled clinicians use ABA to help your learners acquire behaviors and skills to help them succeed in the educational setting. ABA techniques may include but are not limited to discrete trial instruction, naturalist environment training, incidental teaching, direct instruction, verbal behavior strategies, social skills development and more.

    Behavior Consultation
    Consultation services include comprehensive assessments, behavior support and modification, and intervention for students with special needs by our licensed behavior analysts. We recommend a programmatic approach to supporting the needs of your program. This allows our consultants to assimilate within the culture of your school and become a vital asset to your team. Consultation is available for School/Department-Wide supports to assist with evaluation and development of educational service systems. School/Department-Wide supports include but are not limited to conducting program needs assessments, design and implementation of standardized program evaluation protocols, development of program improvement plans, analysis of program evaluation data and training of school personnel.
    Behavior Intervention Services

    We provide after-school in home behavior intervention services for students in need of continued assistance. The focus is on maintaining skill acquisition and consistency between home and school. Our providers work on daily living skills, social skills, and carrying over reinforcement systems and behavioral programming into the student’s home. Our home based therapists work closely with the student’s educational team to ensure consistency.

    Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) and Strategies Development

    A Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) is an important tool that can be used by those supporting your student (BCBA/LBA, ABA therapists, parents, educators, caregivers) in order to ensure accuracy, consistency, and evidence-based treatment. A Behavior Intervention Plan is a plan that’s designed to teach and reward positive behaviors. This can help prevent or stop problem behaviors in school. The BIP is based on the results of the Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and describes the problem behavior, the reasons the behavior occurs and the intervention strategies that will address the problem behavior. Effective plans consist of multiple interventions or positive support strategies. Our Licensed Behavior Analysts can design a Behavior Intervention Plan specifically to meet the individual needs of your student.

    Classroom Design and Implementation

    We have assisted numerous Districts in all aspects of setting up an effective and appropriate setting for current and new ABA classrooms, as well as other specialized special education settings. We will work with your team to maximize success, comfort and enjoyment for students and faculty. Design and implementation plans are tailored to meet the individualized needs of your students. Our consultants will work with Teachers, Teacher Assistants, and Aides so that they receive the highest level of training in the techniques of applied behavior analysis and overall behavioral management.

    Data Collection Systems and Analysis

     

    With Applied Behavior Analysis, data drives all the decisions we make. Data is used to determine if a goal is mastered, when to switch or add new targets or when to change teaching procedures to make greater progress. This information is collected and then reflected onto graphs. Graphs are visual tools we use to assess where our target behavior has been, where it is now, and where we can project it to go. We take data on many different behaviors, such as behaviors we want to decrease (aggression, screaming, tantrums, pinching, self-injurious behavior, etc.) or behaviors we want to increase (requesting for information, learning to read, counting, etc.).

    Extended School Day/Year Program Development and Implementation

    An Extended School Day/Year program is designed for the students currently placed in special classes with moderate to significant behavioral and social needs.  Our curriculum will provide social and daily living skills training for these students. The curriculum will provide a systematic approach for teaching students functional communication skills, appropriate play skills, social skills, self-regulation and coping skills, as well as facilitate the development of independent life skills. The activities and expectations for the students will vary based on age, need and ability. All essential knowledge, skills, and performance indicators must be assessed with student’s individual capabilities being taken into consideration.

    Functional Behavioral Assessment

    Behavior Analysts employ a variety of assessments and data collection methods to determine the nature or “function” of the challenging behavior(s). An FBA identifies events that predict and maintain challenging behaviors. The outcome of the FBA will determine the course of treatment needed to foster change. Throughout this process, our Licensed Behavior Analysts, are always available to answer questions, work with other therapy providers, provide additional coaching, and modify recommendations as needed.

    Functional Skills Assessment
    Our providers create an individualized program for your student that, in addition to helping them acquire language and reduce problem behavior, can also teach them functional skills, such as washing their hands. This can be accomplished using a task analysis, which lists all the individual steps that are included in accomplishing a more complex activity. These steps are then taught to the student in order to help him/her acquire necessary skills. Our providers will work with your student and create a list that is tailored to their specific needs. Some children require more detailed task analyses than others, so we would have them perform some functional skills in order to evaluate their current skill set.
    Parent Training and Consultation
    Our providers collaborate with parents, students, and school staff to identify effective strategies that will help increase positive behavior and productivity during the school day.
    School District Professional Development
    We provide customized training to meet your district’s needs. All in-class training/modeling is conducted by expert level staff and can be tailored for specific audiences. Our hands on approach provides a comprehensive and dynamic training to support your team. We train staff to fully implement Behavior Intervention Plans designed by BCBA/LBAs. Our staff training enables students to reach their goals in a shorter period of time. Staff training is provided in home and school settings to generalize the skills to the natural environment that are acquired during 1:1 instruction with an ABA instructor.
    Supervision to Board Certified Behavior Analysts Candidates, Board Certified Behavior Analysts, and Registered Behavior Technicians
    Marra & Glick ABA provides supervision to those who are pursuing BCBA or BCaBa certifications. We provide the opportunity for candidates to complete their Supervised Independent Fieldwork in Behavior Analysis. BCBA and BCaBa Candidates have opportunities to have multiple experiences (different sites, different populations) as well as a variety of activities directly related to behavior analysis.
    I just want to thank you for the FBA and BIP designed for our student. Your BCBA did a fabulous job presenting to the family and she put so much into the plan. You should be so proud of her representing you. She was professional, articulate, intelligent and most of all displayed a genuine concern and care for our student. District Director of Special Education