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Teaching system

2020-08-07

Teaching theory:

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the theoretical foundation of star Education Research Center for treatment and training. There is also a greater emphasis on building a positive, creative and systematic teaching model.

Autism is a disorder in which normal developmental processes are severely disrupted, and it occurs in the early stages of development. As a result, children's language, play, cognitive, social and adaptive functions are impaired, and they gradually lag behind their peers in development. They generally do not learn like other normal children, and often have difficulties in understanding simple verbal and non-verbal communication, accompanied by confusion caused by sensory input around them, and have varying degrees of dissociation.

Although the learning process is disrupted by impaired brain function, behavioral scientists have developed effective ways to educate children with autism based on the basic principles of learning theory. After 30 years of research, Dr. Ivar Lovas has published compelling research showing that early treatment can significantly improve the functioning of children with autism. Even those who did not get the best results showed significant improvements in language, social interaction, self-care and play skills.

Although at the early stage of ABA development, there was a misunderstanding among some parents and professionals that behavioral therapy was too negative, too rigid, had limited effects, and would lead children to form mechanical behaviors. But many years of research and practice have shown that flexible and active use of behavioral therapy is an extremely effective treatment for autism.

Applied behavioral analysis is based on scientific studies of people with various behavioral and developmental disorders. Over the past 50 years, starting in the early 1960s, numerous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of behavioral therapy for children, adolescents, and adults with autism. Studies have shown that applied behavioral analysis can effectively reduce the destructive behaviors of autistic people, such as self-harm, temper tantrums, disobedience and self-stimulation. It also shows that applied behavioral analysis is feasible to teach complex communication skills, social skills, game skills and self-care skills.

In 1994 Harris and Handelman reviewed a number of studies showing that more than 50 percent of children with autism who were enrolled in a comprehensive preschool program using applied behavioral analysis successfully integrated into normal classes.

The goal of behavioral therapy at Star Education Research Center is to teach children developmental skills that will help them become as independent as possible and improve their quality of life. The curriculum system we use is widely recognized in the industry, and has been developed and proven in practice for many years at home and abroad, and is effective in teaching children a variety of necessary skills.


Teaching system:

The Star Education Research Center adopts the language behavior education model, and combines discrete unit teaching method, natural teaching method and visual communication to develop individual teaching plan for each student.

As a child's learning progresses, treatment enters different stages: the first stage is the preparation stage for learning concepts and skills. The therapist begins by understanding the child and establishing warm, happy and reinforcing social relationships. The emphasis is on creating a positive atmosphere through play and unconditional reinforcement, making children more willing to follow the instruction schedule, faster progress in treatment, and less struggle and disruptive behavior. In addition, let the child "learn to learn", know that meets the requirements will be rewarded

The second stage involves learning specific communication, gaming, self-care and social skills. We break down complex concepts into a series of systematic teaching steps, and turn abstract concepts into concrete examples. In the course of a child's learning, we will make individualized adjustments to the curriculum at any time to meet the needs of the child. Although the initial goal is to promote the development of students' skills, the long-term goal will be to improve students' learning ability and function in the natural environment.

The third stage focuses on integration, gradually extending the therapeutic content into the daily environment, helping students develop subtle social, gaming, emotional, cognitive and communication skills, and gradually integrating into the mainstream teaching system.

The initial focus is on learning to speak, understand concepts, develop academic skills, improve play and social skills, and as children age, the focus shifts to practical knowledge and adaptive skills. ● Many years of research and practice have proved that flexible and active use of behavioral therapy is an extremely effective means to treat autism.

In terms of curriculum, we will teach simple concepts and skills first, and then teach complex skills after the children have mastered the necessary skills. Step by step but not too rigid, we respect each child's individual needs and independence. Curriculum design is based on experience, emphasizing the practical, effective we adhere to, ineffective change.