There are many different types of interventions that professionals use when teaching children with developmental disabilities. S.E.E.K. Arizona’s philosophy is that each child has different needs, thus we pull from different types of interventions as is helpful for each individual child. Some of the interventions that our providers and therapists currently use are outlined below. For more information and resources, click on the intervention name.

What is ABA?

Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, applies the principles of behavior to teaching new skills. By looking at behaviors and analyzing them, we can determine what will make them increase or decrease, allowing us to teach new behaviors. The teaching of new behaviors is done through specific techniques. Verbal behavior is the language component of ABA. It takes the same principles of learning and motivation and applies them to language acquisition. Some insurance companies now provide benefit coverage for therapies utilizing ABA.  

The following document will help you determine whether or not your insurance company will cover this type of service. Applied Behavior Analysis isn’t just for kids with autism. It can help anyone! Here’s a fun video about breaking that misconception! 

Interested in learning more? Here’s a website of free modules that cover basic ABA principles!

Pivotal Response Training (PRT)

Pivotal response training is a teaching strategy that focuses on the child’s lead. Instructors will set up structured opportunities of a skill as well as allow for unstructured opportunities. Pivotal response training may be used to teach a variety of skills from initiating social interactions to self-managing.

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Natural Environment Training (NET)

Natural environment training is a play-based teaching strategy that follows the child’s lead. Instructors set up opportunities for whatever skill they may be targeting. This could include a favorite toy being just out of reach, playing with a particularly colorful toy, or acting out verbs being worked on.

Discrete Trial Training (DTT)

Discrete trial training is a teaching style that gives a student an instruction, the student responds, and is then reinforced appropriately. Discrete trial training is a great teaching strategy to teach basic skills including asking for an item, labeling an item, and imitating a model.