The curriculum at Centerpiece LLC is rooted in the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) with an emphasis in applied verbal behavior (AVB). Applied behavior analysis is a science in which techniques derived from the principles of behavior analysis are applied systematically to improve socially significant behavior. Applied verbal behavior is a specialty within the science of ABA that was founded by B.F. Skinner (1957). AVB focuses on breaking down the specific components of language so that each of those components can be isolated and targeted for skill acquisition with a driving goal of teaching functional communication.
Centerpiece LLC’s comprehensive assessment methods are guided by the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills-Revised (ABLLS-R) and the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP). Other assessments such as the Vineland-II may also be used to assist in programming.
The staff at Centerpiece LLC pull from a variety of Social Skills programming depending on the child’s specific needs. The Superflex® curriculum by Michelle Garcia Winner and the Socials Skills Training work of Dr. Jed Baker have both helped to shape the socials skills programs that our learners receive.
Centerpiece LLC emphasizes the use of natural environment training (NET). The Centerpiece LLC philosophy is “life doesn’t happen at a table”. This means Centerpiece LLC wants their learners to be flexible thinkers who can engage, interact, and be successful with their programs in a variety of settings. While some children need sameness, structure, and distraction free work spaces, most learners will complete their programs in a variety of settings. They will not sit in the same chair at the same table each day. NET also provides children with opportunities to learn from the toys, people and resources that are available in their surroundings. Put simply, Centerpiece LLC recognizes the important teachable moments in childhood experiences, such as the numerous opportunities throughout the day to play, explore, and interact with their environment and each other.