The Kennedy School employs a full-time Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who works closely with classroom teams on the implementation of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques in and out of the classroom. ABA is an applied science based on theories of learning and behavior. According to Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network, “ABA is considered an evidence-based ‘best’ practice treatment by the US Surgeon General and by the American Psychological Association.”
The behavior analyst conducts functional behavior assessments, develops and monitors behavior intervention plans, trains school staff, collaborates with support services personnel, and helps with the development of Individualized Educational Program (IEP) and transition goals. In addition to working with the classroom teams, the behavior analyst also works directly with family members to help with any behavior problems in the home and with students’ doctors to aid in determining the effectiveness of other interventions, such as medication.
ABA is an integral part of the programming offered at Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy School; the goal is that every student taught at the Kennedy School learns the behaviors necessary to become as independent as possible.
For more information, please contact Melanie Gilman, BCBA at 708-342-5200.
Director of Education/Principal
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Licensed Clinical Social Worker/