ABA School Shadow Program

The Paving Pathways ABA School Shadow Program is designed to help children with disabilities who are ready to transition to, or need help in order to remain in, a mainstream school setting. School Shadow Programs are designed by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and implemented by a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT).

Our shadows are trained to help support your child in the pre-existing classroom/school setting. We fit our principles to the natural environment rather than asking your child’s school to adjust to us. We use Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to quietly reinforce positive behaviors and increase skills, which allows your child to participate in the same way as their classmates. As your child grows more independent, we gradually fade our presence.

Our School Shadow Program is for:

  • Children who are going to be/already have been enrolled in a mainstream school program, but are struggling with the social and behavioral aspects of school.
  • Children who have been in a small-group/special education/self-contained classroom, but have progressed significantly and need a place to generalize the new skills they have learned.
  • Children who have a basic awareness of those around them, but need more direct instruction on how to interact with others. This is especially true for children who have only recently gained awareness of others.

We believe that communication and cooperation between you, your child’s school, and Paving Pathways is critical for the long-term success of our program and your child. That is why we have made it an integral part of our ABA School Shadow Program. Program components include:

  • Initial assessment/interview
  • Observation of your child in the classroom
  • Program design
  • Communication of goals to parents, caretakers, and school
  • Data collection throughout
  • Regular summary reports to parents/caretakers and school
  • Meetings by phone or in person timed to coincide with parent teacher conferences (or in combination with those meetings)
  • Regular supervisory visits by the lead BCBA to the school to observe program implementation and offer guidance and feedback to the shadow and classroom staff

Please see our ABA Therapy Process page for information about program design and implementation.

If you would like us to help your child succeed in school, contact us here or by phone at 571-357-5582.