The missions of the Gramon Family of Schools is to provide learning opportunities that enable each student to develop his/her fullest potential. We believe that we can accomplish this goal in a structured, positive, and caring environment. On-going collaboration among all memebers of the student's team ensures that each child receives the attention and support to progress through his/her individualized educational program.
Applied Behavior Analysis
Staff participate in professional development in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and how to incorporate ABA into all lessons and activities. ABA offers evidence-based strategies for teaching new skills as well as replacing challenging behavior with more appropriate behavior. Staff individualize instructional strategies and behavior management techniques to meet the unique needs of each student. Staff emphasize the use of positive behavioral supports to reinforce desirable behavior throughout the school day. ABA strategies include reinforcement, antecedent strategies, prompting, discrete trial teaching, incidental teaching, task analysis, and functional communication training. Additionally, each year staff are trained in QBS Safety-Care, a program designed to prevent and manage challenging behaviors as well as teach functional, socially acceptable, replacement behaviors.
Behavior Intervention Plans
Individualized behavior intervention plans are developed on an as needed basis. Staff collect data on the challenging behavior. The behavior analyst then analyzes the behavior data to determine a possible function(s) and develop strategies to replace the challenging behavior with more socially acceptable behavior. Behavior intervention plans are reviewed with the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s), the school team, and the case manager before becoming part of the student’s IEP.