Step-In’s center-based service model:
Step-In utilizes a relatively novel approach to ABA. Our center is set up, not like a clinic, but like a natural setting. One of our founders, Linda Robertson, coined the term ‘family style ABA’ to describe the services provided at the Step-In Center. With an open layout, all of the clients engage with each other and all of the staff. Siblings and peers are often on site to provide more social opportunities for clients.
Center-based services offers the opportunity to teach skills in a novel environment. Often, individuals have a history with a behavior in their home environment. This means that in order to teach new skills, the individual has to UNLEARN competing behaviors too! A separate environment, such as a center, can provide a new set of contingencies under which to learn the new behavior a bit easier.