Specializing in Autism, Behavior, and Speech Therapy
A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) designs a unique program tailored to meet your child’s needs in the clinic, home, and/or school setting.
During your child's first 5 to 10 therapy sessions, a full evaluation of behavior and language is conducted by the therapist. The BCBA will use the assessment information to develop and tailor an individual treatment plan with specific goals and objectives for the year. PineCone Therapies uses the VB-MAPP by Dr. Mark Sundberg, which includes language assessment, barriers assessment, and transition assessment, and the ABLLS-R by Dr. Jim Partington to guide our teaching. Once the treatment plan is created, therapy will include one-on-one instruction conducted in 1 to 4 hour sessions 2 to 7 days a week.
The treatment package will include:
Early Intervention Program
What is Natural Environment Training?
Natural Environment Training (NET) was developed by Drs. Sundberg & Partington and based on Skinner's Verbal Behavior (1957.) Teaching in the NET requires the therapist to focus on the child's immediate interests and activities as a guide to their language instruction. It is conducted in a typical daily environment, not in a formal teaching arrangement. This type of training allows for more manding (requesting) opportunities, reduces the need for intricate generalization procedures and promotes more spontaneous verbal behavior. The child may also exhibit fewer negative behaviors because of the focus on motivation and the use of consequences more directly related to that motivation (Hall & Sundberg, 1987; Koegal, Koegal, & Surratt, 1992; Stafford, Sundberg, & Braam, 1988).