Many preschool programs focus on the structure of what is learned instead of the function of what is learned. Here at the Scottsdale Children’s Institute (SCI), we set ourselves apart from different programs by not only focusing on what children learn but on how children learn the things they do.
Picture this: You walk into your son or daughter’s preschool classroom to observe. You see him or her smile here and there, approach a friend or be approached by a friend once or twice, you see a worksheet being given out and a couple questions being asked. But you wonder, is she making friends? Is his language developing? Is she understanding her worksheet? Is he progressing? How much does she talk on any given day? Has he learned any new words? What if we told you that you could have exact answers to these questions. Unlike traditional Scottsdale preschools, our unique program at SCI (which is based off of the CABAS® model) you can get such answers to these important questions about your child’s developmental progress. (Lamm & Greer, 1991; Greer, Keohane, & Healy, 2002; Selinske, Greer, & Lodhi, 1991; Singer-Dudek, Speckman, & Nuzzollo, 2010).
Applied Behavior Analysis is the study of human behavior and it strives to achieve socially valid change in individuals such that their quality of life may be increased. From the website currently: One of the defining characteristics of applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the continuous measurement of behavior and learning. When the principles as an ABA Curriculum in a school setting, it is paramount that every student response is recorded, graphed, and analyzed to measure progress and adjust programming as necessary. Although many programs and schools claim to be “ABA schools”, the level of measurement and data analysis being conducted on student responding often does not meet the minimum requirements to elicit effective behavior change or increase acquisition of new academic learning tasks.
ABA School: 7 Things to Expect
If you’re a parent with a young child and you have been looking at alternative forms of education for your child, you may have come across schools that teach an Applied Behavior Analysis curriculum (or ABA for short). ABA schools excel in the science of teaching and learning. Instead of setting a yearlong curriculum for all students to follow, ABA tracks each individual child’s progress and needs and adapts to the unique needs. If something isn’t working for a child, it is the job of the teachers and supervisors to come up with a new, custom tailored method to help that child achieve their goals. An exceptional ABA school will provide learners with a learner-driven, positive environment which strives to foster a love of learning in each and every student. [Read more…] about ABA School: 7 Things To Expect
There are many markers schools may use to determine if your child is ready to begin kindergarten. While some school officials will tell you that your child needs to be able to count to 10, recite their ABCs, hold a pencil, and sit and listen to instructions. Others may have few to no prerequisites at all. Whether you already have a Scottsdale kindergarten in mind or just want to start preparing your preschooler in general, here is a quick checklist you can use to ballpark your child’s readiness. And if kindergarten is still a year or more off, keep this checklist in mind when considering preschools for younger children. If possible, you will want to choose a place that will help your child reach as many milestones as they can from this kindergarten readiness checklist, leaving them (and you!) confident when it comes time for the big leap. [Read more…] about Scottsdale Kindergarten Readiness Checklist