The principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) form the foundation of the Darnell School approach
With more than 50 years of empirical support, ABA has consistently produced significant results and outcomes for children with autism and other developmental disabilities.
The foundation for individualized programming at the Darnell School is the comprehensive assessment that is conducted of a student’s skills, abilities and preferences, likes, dislikes, and needs at the outset of instruction, as well as on an ongoing basis.
The information gathered through the assessment is used to create an overall educational and behavioral support plan that works on the attainment of the child’s long-range quality of life outcomes through altering environmental triggers, reinforcing appropriate behavior, and teaching new and/or alternative
One-on-One Attention and Small Group Learning
Our educators provide intensive instruction that is delivered one-on-one or in small group formats. The attention our educators provide allows for maximum learning opportunities and skill development.
Our educators and therapists collaborate and consult with each other on a continuing basis. This ensures that each student’s speech, occupational and physical therapy needs are integrated into the educational plan and the student’s daily routine.
As students reach their benchmarks and master their stated objectives, we introduce new skills for them to learn. In doing so, we help our students reach their long-range goals.
A Day at Darnell
During a typical day at the Darnell School, our students are exposed to a challenging curriculum that helps them acquire new skills and build fluency with existing skills. Our students practice skills using a variety of materials and in a variety of settings and in a way that reduces the occurrence of maladaptive behavior.
Instructional Domains include:
- Academics that includes language, literacy and math
- Independent living skills
- Communication and social skills
- Appropriate behavior
- Community and safety skills
- Recreation and leisure skills
- Self-management skills
- Vocational skills
For students who are transitioning to adulthood, the Darnell School also addresses vocational and career development skills.