What Is Applied Behavior Analysis? Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a type of therapy that focuses on improving specific behaviors, such as social skills, communication, reading, and academics as well as adaptive learning skills, such as fine motor, dexterity, hygiene, grooming and domestic capabilities.  Behavior analysts began working with young children with autism and related disorders in the 1960’s.


What is Hand-Over-Hand Technique? When you use the hand-over-hand technique to help a child do an activity, you place your hands over the child’s hands. The child is the one who is touching the materials, and the teachers hands guide his/her as he/she manipulates the materials to complete the activity.  It is a common teaching technique for children with autism or developmental delays, especially when using ABA.  It can be used to guide the student toward a correct response, or to help the student initiate a task, or allow the student to become “unstuck” when having difficulty transitioning from one step in a process to another.


Special Needs Tiny Handz –The four main benefits are: Assisting with language and speech development.  Relieving frustration causing negative behavior.  Strengthening social interaction possible in a variety of environments.  Bonding as parent, therapist, teacher etc. with the individual involved


Peg Cards –Helps children to navigate through their day and to be prepared for what is going to happen next.  Routine is very important for these children and the peg cards helps them to structure their day.


Positive reinforcement –Primary reinforces satisfy a physical need by making the toddler feel good (e.g., food, liquids, sleep). Secondary reinforces are objects or activities that the toddler has grown to like, but does not need biologically (e.g., tickles, stickers, ball play). We use Positive reinforcement for a job well done with activities. If the child struggled with the activity the teacher will jump in with hand over hand assistance and will still reward the child for completing the activity to keep the child motivated.


Defuse a situation before it escalates – Teachers keeps a close eye on our children and will act fast to defuse a situation before it escalates. It is important to us to keep our children happy and calm as it helps them to progress in their activities.


Syllabis Home Education – Giving our children the freedom to learn on their own pace. Syllabis Home Education offers a refreshing new choice to learners of the digital age. They have put together various blended of learning solutions for grades RR – 12. All of their solutions are fully compliant with the South African curriculum standards (CAPS).