Each ABC school is designed to meet the individual needs of children who are diagnosed with Autism or ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) between the ages of 3 and 22 years of age (Sacramento School).
Intensive Behavioral Treatment (IBT) is provided within a language-based ABA educational environment where teaching is highly structured for acquisition of new skills. The teaching environment becomes less structured as the student demonstrates the use of skills learned in natural settings and across routines throughout the day.
Within ABC’s unique generalization framework, each child’s curriculum teaches critical language skills, functional activities, socialization, initiation/spontaneity and generalization of mastered concepts/skills. These skills are built into every student’s educational program and individualized to meet his or her learning style and unique needs.
The overall goal is to prepare the student for reintegration into his/her neighborhood school.
Each classroom has a credentialed teacher, a lead behavior technician and a number of behavior technicians. In addition, a Senior Behavior Analyst or a Supervising Behavior Analyst (SBA) oversees every two classrooms of 10 students to provide on-going training, feedback and troubleshooting to teachers. To ensure the quality and effectiveness of each child’s ABA educational curriculum, and to maintain a safe learning environment for each child and ABC staff, each site has two tiers of clinical administration and an HR department.
ABC's classrooms provide a 1:1.5 technician to student ratio for student’s age 3 to 9, and a 1:2 ratio for students age 9 to 12.
Initially, a newly enrolled student may receive 1:1 instruction until the teacher determines when and under what conditions the student will benefit from group instruction.
In some cases, students will work in groups of 3-4 students, when they are ready for this level, to assist in the transition to a less restrictive environment (LRE).