ABA is centered around how behavior works and how learning takes place. At Cogwheel, we believe in and practice Naturalistic, Child-centered ABA. This means that learning and skill acquisition focuses on communication (verbal, sign or adaptive communication), coping skills, self-advocacy and identification and resolution of problems that may lead to unwanted behaviors. We believe that children to not want to "misbehave" and that "behavior problems" stem from difficulties the child is experiencing that neither the parent, teacher or child has yet to identify. We see our roles as clinicians to help the team (child, parent, teacher, clinicians) identify difficulties and teach the child how to cope with them through various strategies. We focus on fixing the problems versus forcing the child to change their behavior while not changing the problem that leads to that behavior. We do not believe in forcing your child to fit in with any specific societal norms, but rather to be themselves and learn the skills needed to lead a happy, fulfilled life that allows their strengths to grow and keeps them safe when faced with adversity. Special skills and interests are explored and expanded upon to allow for a wider breadth of interests while honoring the interests a child has, and the unique and often gifted abilities your child has. Cogwheel's ABA program is play-based, whether that is at the PreK or high-school interest level. We have some pretty amazing play skills all levels, with executive functioning, self-advocacy and coping strategies built in!
BCBA's are Board Certified Behavior Analysts and work in a supervisory and Case Management role with our Behavior Technicians. Your BCBA/Clinical Supervisor will conduct your initial ABA Assessment, supervise ABA services and create progress reports to make sure your child is making ongoing process. Our BCBA's provide parent training to help you be a partner in your child's care and help make the transition from clinic care/therapy to more home-based services, as well as working with your child's school to implement services.