At Super Kids, we believe that values based practices are a key element to effective and ethical teaching.
Our mission is to create a teaching environment that has an emphasis on:
Today’s ABA is changing, with more clinicians understanding the importance of having a trauma-assumed approach, meaning we are sensitive to the likelihood trauma has occurred. We now know that we don’t need to “work through” or tolerate severe problem behaviors to get socially valid outcomes. Super Kid’s does this through proactive strategies and systems of interaction, developed by FTF Behavioural Consulting as Universal Protocols.
What are Universal Protocols?
Universal Protocols are the foundation from which services are delivered. They are a set of short term preventative strategies aimed at managing and reducing the likelihood of dangerous behaviours and typically used outside of sessions while we teach the skills required to reduce dangerous behaviour further. The Universal Protocols are what we implement in order to uphold the values described above. While the Universal Protocols are (as the name would suggest) applied universally, these are individualized further for each learner based on their preferences and specific challenges. It is crucial that we first understand our learner before we teach.
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Once we have more information on the clients preferences, dislikes and triggers, we can begin individualizing the protocol specifically for that child.
When do we begin teaching replacement skills?
Since Universal Protocols are short term strategies to keep your child safe, we do still need to teach other skills to your child so they can cope with the day-to-day demands and disappointments of life. Life isn’t always predictable and can be full of hardships. Once rapport is established and we’ve gathered information from parents, then we can begin the teaching process. At Super Kids, we want to proactively set learners up for success and minimize dangerous behavior whilst teaching long term replacement skills, such as communication, toleration and a variety of contextually appropriate behaviours.
Super Kids acknowledges each individual’s personal preference to use identity-first or person-first language to describe themselves or their loved one. We interchangeably use both language conventions and therefore refer to both autistic children and children with autism.