Xanadu's primary goal is to provide children and families with quality, individualized programming. Depending on the particular needs of the child, family, and/or caregiver, we will incorporate an eclectic approach to maximize learning.
All programming provided by Xanadu follows the principles and procedures within the science of behavior analysis.
The services that Xanadu provides in conjunction with ABA programming include the following:
- Behavioral Assessments
- Skills Assessments
- Direct Intervention
- Family Training
- Social Skills Groups (currently not forming groups)
Assessors utilize various assessment tools, interviews, pertinent paperwork review, and direct observation of the child during the behavioral assessment. The primary purpose of a behavioral assessment is to determine the maintaining function(s) of a problematic behavior. (In Early Intervention, a behavioral assessment will also include skill probing.) A typical assessment will take approximately two hours to complete. An assessment report will be written by the assessor explaining the observations, findings, and any recommended strategies to assist the child with demonstrating appropriate behavior. While behavioral assessments are typically conducted prior to the child beginning services, additional assessments are sometimes needed after services have been initiated.
Assessors utilize various assessment tools, interviews, pertinent paperwork review, direct observation of the child, and probing of developmentally appropriate skills during the skills assessment. The primary purpose of a skills assessment is to determine the type of individualized programming the child requires. A typical assessment will take approximately two hours to complete. An assessment report will be written by the assessor explaining the observations, findings, and any recommended strategies to assist the child with demonstrating appropriate behavior. While behavioral assessments are typically conducted prior to the child beginning services, additional assessments are sometimes needed after services have been initiated.
Direct Intervention is provided to children requiring intensive, individualized ABA programming. This may include one or more of the following: discrete trial instruction (DTI), verbal behavior (VB) strategies, functional communication training (FCT), social skills instruction (SSI), functional daily living skills (ADL), fluency training, natural environment teaching (NET), etc. Although this is direct intervention, an adult family member is required to participate in all sessions to promote consistency and generalization of skills.
See FAQ page for the difference between ABA, DTI, and VB.
Consultations are available for schools as well as families. Schools utilize our consultative services in a variety of ways, including but not limited to: setting up and/or supervising ABA programming for individuals and/or classrooms, overseeing district ABA programs, assisting with district-wide behavioral needs, training staff, and presenting at in-services. Consultations are available to assist the child’s family in a variety of ways, including the discussion of program options, attendance at various meetings, supervising individualized programming, etc. Consultations are provided at a 1:5 ratio for all children above age three. This means for every five hours of individualized ABA instruction, one hour of consultation is provided. Consultation time is an integral component to every quality ABA intervention, and this ratio is rarely compromised.
Ongoing training is offered to provide families with information and resources related to ABA, behavioral principles and procedures, and/or autism. This service also presents families with an opportunity to partake in hands-on training to learn how to prompt, shadow, and/or reinforce their child's behavior with the assistance of a trained professional. Family training is not restricted to parents: it is intended for all family members. This includes siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, babysitters, and sometimes even neighbors and friends! Family involvement is essential to increasing every child's ability to succeed in life.
Social Skills Groups
Xanadu offers social skills instruction to children needing assistance with demonstrating appropriate social behavior. Groups are limited to six participants, and each group meets once per week for six weeks. Each group member takes a turn hosting the social group in his/her home. Groups are scheduled throughout the year. Early registration is encouraged, as these groups fill up quickly! Groups are divided by geographical location, as well as chronological age as follows: 5-8 (social behavior); 9-12 (social behavior); 13-16 (social behavior; functional living skills).
All social groups are currently suspended while we update our social skills curriculum.
Xanadu offers trainings and workshops in a variety of areas related to ABA. Topics include autism, behavior management strategies, prompting techniques, etc. These workshops are held at our main office in Lacey, our satellite office in Hackettstown, as well as at interested school districts, organizations, and/or entities involved with the field of special education and/or behavior management.