The classrooms at KCC use evidence-based approaches at all levels of education, therapy, and behaviour. The principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) are incorporated into every child’s day and are used for both skill acquisition and behaviour management. Experienced ABA trained Instructor Therapists are part of each classrooms team. The Classroom IT is instrumental in setting up the classroom for success – with positive reinforcement systems, visuals, and daily schedules. The Classroom IT also runs small group activities such as social skills, emotional regulation, and does some individualized instruction.
The social-emotional well-being of our students is a top priority. Each classroom also incorporates emotional regulation teaching throughout the day. Using curriculum such as The Zones of Regulation and The 5 Point Scale, students learn in real time how to understand, name, and react to their different emotions. Students learn social skills in small groups using evidence-based approaches such as video modeling and behavioural skills training. The skills learned in groups are then carried over and generalized throughout the day.
Independence is a life-changing goal for many of our students. Using systematic teaching strategies like prompting and prompt fading, students learn to independently navigate their classroom and academic tasks. Life skills are embedded within the classroom, from feeding and dressing to chores simple cooking.
Our approach to behaviour management is a positive one. Our focus is on using as many proactive strategies as possible such as positive reinforcement and errorless teaching. Teaching replacement skills and functional communication help our students learn that they can be successful in the classroom. If a student requires an individualized behaviour plan to manage problem behaviour, it will be created in consultation with parents, school staff, and a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).
Individual Education Plans (IEPs) guide the teaching that happens in the classroom. Skills are taught systematically using reinforcement and shaping. Large skills are broken down into smaller skills and then each component is taught to mastery. Data is constantly being collected in order to drive the decision-making process.
Our ABA Therapists
Shira Karpel, MEd, BCBA
Director of Behavioural Services
Alexandra Campbell, M.ADS, BCBA
Senior ABA Therapist