Combined POAC Aug 11 - POAC-NoVA

Fairfax County Public Schools
• General Education Curriculum
• SOL and FCP Program of Studies (POS)
goals and objectives
• With accommodations to address areas of need as defined in
the IEP
• Curriculum adapted as needed
• Foundations courses in HS
• Life Skills Curriculum
• Individualized skill-based curriculum
• Aligned with state assessment objectives
• Goals and objectives outlined in the IEP
Life Skills Curriculum Framework
• Aligned Standards of Learning
• Functional Academics
• Independent Living Skills
• Career Development
• Behavior, Communication,
Fine Motor and Gross Motor
• Community Based Instruction (CBI)
Curriculum Focus
• Literacy and math
• Social and communication skills
• Inclusive opportunities
• Generalization of skills into practical daily
living activities
State Assessment
• Participation in the Virginia Assessment
Program (VAS) is required
• SOL tests
• VGLA, VSEP (HS only)
• Virginia Alternate Assessment (VAAP)
Annual Assessment
• Criterion-based assessments using
standardized instruments
• Brigance Assessments
• Early Development II (Yellow)
• Comprehensive Inventory of Basic Skills (Green)
• Life Skills Inventory (Blue)
Staff Training
• Student-focused intervention
• Classroom organization and structure
• Behavior management
• Curriculum across content areas and
domains of learning
• Instructional strategies/practices
• Assessment/data collection
Preschool Autism Classes
and Enhanced ABA
Elementary Services
What is ABA?
ABA is Applied Behavior Analysis
• The application of the theory, principles, and procedures of
behaviorism to problems of human behavior in natural settings
• Concerned with observable phenomena
• Deals with objective measures of intervention and change
What is ABA?
• ABA is…
• a science based on learning theory
• a set of systematic procedures derived from behavioral
principles to improve socially significant behaviors
• a methodology used to modify behaviors and to teach
skills to children, adolescents, and adults of ALL
functioning levels
ABA Enhanced Services include:
• Comprehensive training plan for all staff
• Low staffing ratio in classroom
• Early Academic Curriculum Guide
• Uniform data system
• Bi-annual assessment
• ABLLS as a resource
• Preschool Autism Class summer services
• Parent workshops
• Website: www.fcps/DSSSE/ABA/
ABA Enhanced Services include:
• Pre-K-12 Adapted Curriculum Coordinator, Flo
• Applied Behavior Analysis Program Manager, Tina
• Applied Behavior Analysis Coaches
• Specially trained teachers and instructional assistants
• Centrally placed instructional assistants
• Expert consultants from Autism Partnership and
Great Strides
Preschool Autism Classes (PAC)
• Full day classes
• Early Academic Curriculum
• Social Skills, Imitation, Behavior, Language,
Motor, Self Help, Play, Pre-Academics
• Uniform data collection system
• Weekly ABA coach support
• Fall and spring assessments
Elementary Classes
• Use Early Academic Curriculum
Guide, Life Skills Curriculum,
SOL Curriculum
• Uniform data collection system
• ABA coach support
• Fall and spring assessments
Assessment and Data Collection
Early Academic Curriculum Guide
Verbal Behavior Assessment
Task Analysis of Verbal Operants
Data Sheets
Curriculum Planning form
ABLLS as a resource
Classroom Assistance Checklist
Staff Training
• Core Staff Training
• ABA Fundamentals
• VB Fundamentals
• Hands On Training
• Monthly Training Workshops
• On-site Training by ABA Coaches
• Ongoing support from Consultants
Role of ABA Coaches
• Caseload of about 13 classes
• Provide support to teachers and IAs
• Visit classes every 7-9 days
• Facilitate the transfer of ABA/VB principles and
procedures to the classroom
• Make instructional recommendations to staff
• Functional assessments, behavior intervention plans
• Provide training
• Collaborate with outside consultants and private
Parent Workshops
• Monthly day and evening sessions
• Please submit ideas for topics
Home School Collaboration
• Sharing of data
• Classroom
• Collaborative team
• Meet and greet with
ABA coach and
school team
Services for Students at
Students Transitioning to
Secondary Programming
• Collaboration with elementary services
• Continuity in service delivery through the
use of ABA techniques
• Staff training
• Teachers, IA’s, related services staff
• Coach support
• Support from outside consultants
Instructional Focus
• Movement toward learning within small
and large group formats
• emphasis on observational and interactive learning
Instructional Focus
• Opportunities for career and
daily living skill development
• life skills, language and social skill instruction
• elective classes offer a range of opportunities
for skill development
Instructional Focus
• Focused attention on building communication skills
to meet social, emotional, behavioral, independent
living and career development needs
Instructional Focus
• Emphasis placed on fading continuous
and direct reinforcement
token economies
point systems
group reinforcement
• Focus on increasing independent functioning in
school, community and career settings
• Students may participate in self-advocacy training
• Increased focus on learning
self-manage behaviors in
variety of settings
• Some students may attend
IEP meetings
• Peer interaction is encouraged through
participation in after-school activities
• Direct instruction in social skills
with an emphasis on teaching
“cool” and age-appropriate
interactive skills
School Environment
• Lockers
• Changing classes
• Multiple teachers
• Hallway bathrooms
• PE changing out
• Larger school environment
Inclusive Programming
• Inclusion into general ed environments
• Reverse inclusion
• Peer tutoring
• Community Inclusion (CBI)
• Best Buddies
• After school activities
Behavior Programming
• Balance of practical and programmatic
• Explicit plans with reactive and proactive
• Occurs throughout the day
• Fading toward social, self management, and
natural arrangements as soon as possible
Questions and Discussion