Upon acceptance to The Empower School, each child receives an individualized education and behavior management plan developed by a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst). Goals and objectives are tailored to meet the specific needs of each child and target a variety of areas including language development, functional communication training, cognitive and executive functioning, social skill development, and daily living skills.
Instructional methods are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the science of human behavior, and utilize basic techniques such as reinforcement, shaping, and chaining.
All teaching is carried out in a 1:1 format through both discrete trial and natural environment training. Opportunities for small group social interactions occur on a daily basis, as well.
We realize that an educational program is only as good as the teaching implementing it. Therefore, we are committed to upholding a highly rigorous, competitive hiring process to make certain that all of our employees share our passion and dedication for helping our students reach their fullest potentials. Once hired, therapists receive daily training and supervision by our on site BCBA.
At the Empower School, we believe that consistency across school and home environments is key to sustaining our students’ progress and successful generalization of acquired skills.Therefore, we encourage parents to observe teaching sessions and to participate whenever possible. In addition, the BCBA meets with parents on a quarterly basis to review program changes and progress for all learning objectives. Finally, the BCBA is also available to work with parents and their child in the school, home or community setting when more intensive or specific guidance and training is needed.