The Nightingale Team offers Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and Verbal Behaviour (VB) services to families and schools, as well as trained help and support at home and in the community after school.
We specialise in educational programmes individually designed around each child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Our London-based ABA Team and ABA Consultant are dedicated to providing expertise and enthusiasm.
What is ABA?
“Applied Behaviour Analysis is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviours…”
(Baer, Wolf & Risley, 1968; Sulzer-Azaroff & Mayer, 1991)
ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) is an effective, evidence based approach to treating Autism with a vast body of research for the past 30 years. It is now at the forefront of interventions for Autism, with a mature body of scientific knowledge, established standards for practice, distinct methods of service, recognised experience and educational requirements for practice and a strict ethical code.
Briefly, professionals in ABA engage in the specific and comprehensive use of principles of learning in order to address behavioural needs of widely varying individuals in diverse settings.
Examples of the applications of ABA include:
- building the skills and achievements of children in school settings
- enhancing the development, abilities, and choices of children and adults with different kinds of disabilities and developmental disorders (e.g. ASD)
- augmenting performance, satisfaction level and, ultimately, improving the quality of life for the individuals in any learning or work setting.
You can learn more about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Verbal Behavior (VB) HERE
Our team offers reliable services to parents setting up or already running home-based or home/school-based privately or publicly funded programmes for special needs education within a behaviour-analytic framework.
The Services we provide may include some or all of the following services to Local Authorities, Social Services, schools and individual families:
- Preliminary baseline assessments needed prior to provision or to assess progress using skills assessment protocols such as VB-MAPP and/or ABLLS (Sundberg & Partington)
- Standardised assessments, e.g. GARS 2 (Gilliam Autism Rating Scale), other language, IQ and developmental tests available on request
- ABA Provision set-up as directed by a tribunal order or in line with provision as quantified and qualified by SEN Statements and EHCPs
- Assessment of integration readiness for under 5s
- Assessment of placement and/or change of school assessment
- Selection of appropriate curriculum for part-time placements
- Designing phased integration programmes
- School staff training and home-school liaison
- Contribution to meetings regarding IEP targets and Annual Reviews of SEN Statements and EHCPs
Training, consultancy, supervision and 1:1 therapy:
- Initial one-day workshop when setting up a programme or changing providers
- Follow-up workshops and team meetings: monthly or according to needs
- On-going supervision in-between workshops by senior members of the Nightingale Team
- Setting up data file systems, data review, analysis and behaviour plans
- Assistance in obtaining teaching materials for ABA, loans of teaching materials, specialised software, etc.
- Therapy provision by members of the Nightingale Team
- Assistance in recruiting 1:1 therapists
Additional services to families:
- Progress reports as evidence required for appeals to SENDIST and Disability Tribunals
- Attendance as expert witness at SEN and Disability Tribunal Hearings
- ‘Professional advice appendix’ for Statutory Assessment, Re-assessment and Annual Reviews of Education Health and Care Plans
- Professional statement for Disability Allowance applications/reviews
- Respite care and holiday care and assistance with Direct Payments for respite care provided by Autism and Challenging Behaviour trained workers for help and support at home and in the community after school and on weekends (available to families eligible to respite care services from their local authority)
- Assistance with applications to charities and other organisations regarding additional funding, e.g. for equipment, e.g. Ipad required as AAC communication device (needs and means tested)
Here is what our former clients offered as unsolicited feedback about our services:
"We have been very lucky to have Slaveia consult us, since one of her particular strengths is the knowledge of various methods and the ability to apply them flexibly within ABA. She also trained in Verbal Behaviour, which she applies in many programmes, including ours. She is always keeping her ear to the ground as to what other specialists are doing in the field of autism, not just in ABA, but in other areas as well. It is very comforting to know that if anything of note is happening anywhere in the autism world, we'll hear about it from Slaveia. In many ways we are breaking new ground with both our children - Slaveia actually created many programmes from scratch as a response to their particular needs and beyond the existing ABA/VB curricula."
Slaveia's ABA/VB programme has delivered an outstanding education for our son, comprehensively meeting his needs, enriching his life and exceeding our expectations of the level of his attainment and quality of life.
The progress report that Slaveia prepared for our tribunal hearing was the most comprehensive report ever written about our son and was instrumental in the process.