Your child and you

At ABA Preschool Academy we know that every child is unique, and we assess each child’s individual needs.

The Children

At ABA Preschool Academy we are constantly monitoring our programs and staying informed on the latest research and applications to improve the lives of young children with a variety of special needs. While primarily serving children with a diagnosis of Autism, we recognise that the principles of applied behaviour analysis (ABA) are successful in developing new skills and reducing challenges for all children.

We know that every child is unique, and we assess each child’s individual needs, and develop appropriate intervention plans for children with a variety of diagnoses, including:

  • Autism
  • Asperger’s Disorder
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified (PDD.NOS)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Communication Difficulties

Parents and families

We believe that effective interventions is a team effort with all parties working together for common goals. Partnership with parents is an integral component to the effectiveness of each child’s intervention. As such, Academy parents are active participants in their children’s programs and we are committed to supporting them in a variety of ways, including:

Partnership in the development of Individual Educational Plans
We value and understand the importance of working with our families to address each child’s and family’s specific needs. We are happy to discuss any needs parents or families may be encountering at home and try to incorporate this into our teaching in the school, while support parents to address it at home.
Parent training sessions
Families benefit from parent education sessions, during which they learn about topics such as the basic concepts of applied behaviour analysis, how to manage challenging behaviours, using picture exchange communication systems (PECS), toilet training and implementation of specific interventions.

We are always happy to take suggestions from parents and develop training surrounding this area.

Participation during Instructional Sessions

We recognise it can sometimes be difficult for parents to understand how some activities or communication types are being taught. We are more than happy to take videos of your child in the classroom to help parents see and understand more about how their child is learning in the classroom. This can help parents to facilitate a similar model at home. For example, if a certain type of communication method is working well for a child in school, it is useful to show parents how this can work at home. We will always support parents in doing this at home and update parents as the child progresses.

Generalisation to the natural environment
Learning and teaching is only as effective as its utility in the child’s natural environment – daily family life! We will keep parents informed of the skills their children are learning so that they can reinforce these skills at home to ensure gains are generalised and maintained outside of the preschool setting, in the home and community.
Biannual Program Reviews
In addition to the regular contact about skills being taught, daily diaries and communication. Teachers will meet with families twice each year to review overall progress, curriculum completion, and short- and long-term goals for the next 6 months.