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Applied Behavior Analysis

Behavior Analysis is the scientific study of behavior. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the application of the principles of learning and motivation from Behavior Analysis, and the procedures and technology derived from those principles, to the solution of problems of social significance. Many decades of research have validated treatments based on ABA.

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Therapeutic Crisis Intervention

A Child in Crisis Needs Help

What kind of help and how it is given make a crucial difference between the child's learning from the experience or being set back. The Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) training program for child and youth care staff presents a crisis prevention and intervention model designed to teach staff how to help children learn constructive ways to handle crisis. 
The ability of the entire organization to respond effectively to children and young people in crisis situations is critical in establishing not only a safe environment, but also one that promotes growth and development.

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Brain Gym®

What is "BRAIN GYM"?

The phrase BRAIN GYM usually modifies a noun. Whether used by itself or as a modifying phrase, it describes a specific set of movements, processes, programs, materials, and educational philosophy. It is a registered trademark of the Educational Kinesiology Foundation (Brain Gym® International) in Ventura, California, USA.

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Play Therapy

The Next Step Academy offers play therapy as part of our treatment plans / curriculums.

When adults have a problem, they have the language to communicate their struggles with another person to receive support. Children have not yet developed the language to express their struggles, and even if they have the language, their developing minds may not be be able to handle the emotional impact of that difficult story.

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Rhythmic Movement Training

What is Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT)?

Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT) explores the role of babies’ natural developmental movements during various stages of development:

  • Before birth
  • The first six months after birth
  • As they get up on their hands and knees
  • As they learn to walk

These movements are crucial for laying down the foundations of neural network pathway growth and myelination in the brain. They are also important for establishing head control, muscle tone and posture, the basis of our ability to move through life with ease and choice.

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