TLC designs individualized learning programs with evidence-based methods that fall under the
principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a systematic method of supporting and/or altering behavior. It involves studying behavior (via observation), analyzing the steps involved in producing a
behavior, and then teaching or modifying these steps one at a time.
Methods related to ABA include:
Functional Analysis refers to the observation of current behaviors for their frequency as well as
the antecedents and consequences of displayed behavior.
Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) is an intervention technique often used with autistic
children to help develop the “pivotal” skills for a person to function. PRT is based on task
interspersal, direct reinforcement, and role of choice. This approach to teaching children has been most successful at developing language, play and social interaction skills.
Natural Environment Training (NET) uses the child's interests to consolidate the skills they
have learned. All skills taught in a discrete setting and can be generalized to the natural
environment. Teaching play can also be targeted through NET.
Discrete Trial Training (DTT) is a structured method of presenting learning in systematic drills where the goal is purposefully and rapidly attaining mastery of skills.
Direct Instruction (DI) is a model for teaching that emphasizes well-developed and carefully
planned lessons designed around small learning increments and clearly defined and prescribed
teaching tasks. It is based on the theory that clear instruction eliminating misinterpretations can
greatly improve and accelerate learning.
Verbal Behavior (VB) is an intervention that teaches language. It is based on the science of
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) that focuses on verbal communication. The analysis of VB
describes a group of functional units of language (mands, tacts, intraverbals, echoics) that are
necessary for effective verbal communication. TLC uses two types of assessments: Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills – Revised (ABLLS-R) and Verbal Behavior Milestones
Assessment and Placement Program (VBMAPP) to assess specific skills to develop language targets for a home or school based program.
Precision teaching is a teaching method, based on behavior modification that uses daily
measurement and charting procedures as reinforcement for learning. It focuses on mastery-based learning (fluency).