From enhancing social interactions and communication skills to classroom skills, Inner Circle ABA therapy equips children with the tools and confidence they need to thrive in a traditional classroom environment.

“We partner with schools to ensure that our ABA therapy programs are teaching and equipping children with the prerequisite skills they need to integrate into those school settings with confidence and as much independence as possible,” said Sarah Varillas, BCBA, Inner Circle’s chief clinical officer. “This helps us to better tailor our programs to each child’s goals and set them up for success.”

Below you can explore a few of the skills Inner Circle ABA therapy teaches children with autism, and see specific examples for each skill and how they help prepare children for success in the classroom.

Social Skills

  • Sharing and taking turns: Encourages cooperation and collaboration with classmates.
  • Following group instructions: Helps with classroom participation and academic readiness.
  • Learning social cues: Enables positive interactions with teachers and classmates.
  • Small group play: Teaches social skills in a play-based environment similar to a school classroom, and encourages making friends.

Communication Skills

  • Functional communication: Learning to ask for help, express their ideas and needs, and initiate conversations.
  • Responding to their name: Enables classroom participation and engagement.
  • Nonverbal communication: Teaches nonverbal communication skills like raising your hand and understanding facial expressions.
  • Listening skills: Promotes active listening to improve comprehension and academic engagement.

Classroom Skills

  • Following classroom routines: Helps with moving from task to task, remaining seated, and waiting in line.
  • Understanding the classroom: Teaches names of common classroom objects to foster independence and confidence in classroom settings.
  • Pre-academic skills: Even though school readiness is not the same as school, Inner Circle ABA therapy can help identify how best a child learns (e.g. what accommodations or supports might be most beneficial) and shares that with a child’s caregivers and school.

These are just a few of the skills that Inner Circle ABA therapy with a school readiness component teaches children. Teaching and practicing these skills in a school-like environment helps prepare children for success in the classroom and fosters independence and self-confidence in academic settings and situations.

Contact us to learn more about Inner Circle ABA therapy and discuss adding a school readiness component to your child’s program, and learn more about what “graduating” from Inner Circle ABA therapy into a traditional school environment looks like here.