NTS’ ABA Training Program is a comprehensive overview in the fundamental principles and everyday application of Applied Behavior Analysis. This training program encompasses current best-practice techniques and is based upon scientific literature and research in the field of behavioral psychology. Behaviors which can be taught using an ABA methodology include communication; behavioral skills; adaptive daily living skills; visual performance and academics; and play, leisure and social skills.
This interactive and hands-on ABA training program consists of a fifteen hour instructional series consisting of five three-hour modules. Particular emphasis is given to practical examples and application techniques, with sufficient time for questions and answers, and learner-specific case studies.
Module 1: Overview of ABA - an introduction into the science of ABA, its basic principles and how it works with learners of all ages and developmental levels. Areas of focus include:
the three-term contingency (antecedent-behavior-consequences)
reinforcement and paring, including identifying reinforcers and effective delivery procedures
Module 2: Reducing Problem Behaviors - how to conduct a functional assessment and use it as a basis for creating successful behavior intervention plans, including basic programs addressing typical problematic behaviors. Areas of focus include:
identifying functions of behavior and its distinction from forms of behavior
Module 3: Effective Teaching Procedures - essential ABA instructional techniques and methods including prompting and fading, shaping, modeling, task analyses and chaining, graduated guidance and errorless teaching. Areas of focus include
creating successful behavioral goals
implementing programs and methodologies to teach specific target behaviors
Module 4: Discrete Trial Training and Verbal Behavior I - how to conduct a discrete trial in both the natural and more structured teaching environments; introduction to verbal behavior and how to teach vocal and non-vocal learners to communicate. Areas of focus include:
best practice instructional technique
errorless teaching procedures using vocal and sign language
Module 5: Verbal Behavior II and Data Collection - teaching intermediate and advanced communication skills; using learning-specific data to direct the course of intervention. Areas of focus include:
how to progress through an orderly communication curriculum
ways to structure and organize programs and materials, and how to take effective data
About the Instructor: Betty Crea Davidson, Esq. is deeply involved in and committed to the autism community, as a behavioral consultant, a special education attorney, the developer of an interactive autism teaching software and, most significantly, as a mother of a child recovered from autism.
Betty is the founder and executive director of Navigating the Spectrum, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing autism support, direction and education for parents and providers. She is a behavioral consultant and focuses her practice on the use of Applied Behavior Analysis in improving the lives of children with autism and other developmental disorders. She regularly conducts workshops and provides trainings and consultative services for families, schools and independent service providers. Betty is an attorney and concentrates her practice on special education law and advocacy. She serves on numerous autism committees, both on a county executive and state legislative level.
Most recently, Betty has served as the developer of Apex Spectrum Guide, a comprehensive and customizable online ABA software that helps children with autism spectrum disorders overcome their communication, cognitive and behavioral challenges (www.apexspectrumguide.com). She received her B.A. from Iona College, her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law and completed the behavior analyst certification program through Manhattanville College. She additionally has undergone extensive training (+125 hours) in Verbal Behavior. She is the mother of three children, one of whom has recovered from a severe autism spectrum disorder.