Throughout this time, the therapist is using positive reinforcement, prompting, and correction procedure to maximize your child’s rate of progress. NET and manding sessions are conducted while your child is in our playroom. During NET, we are continually working on your child’s skills by making learning creative and engaging. All verbal operants are covered by placing demands related to the activity. For example, when playing with a kitchen set, the learner may be asked to tact (label) different foods, imitate stirring a pot, find the 2 button on the microwave, and answer questions such as “What do you do with a fork?”
For many children, the focus of their programming is improving functional communication, specifically requesting skills. This is done throughout the session, but especially during NET. The therapist engages your child in an activity, creating opportunities to teach mands (requests for items/actions). For example, if playing with trains, the therapist can teach your child to request items such as trains, tracks, a bridge, and a tunnel, as well as actions such as pushing a train down the track, letting go of an item, and placing the track on the table. We also teach children to generalize requests to other settings, as well as promoting eye contact while making requests. Because each child presents a unique skillset, programming will be individualized for each child’s needs. Data collection methods are individualized to your child, but typically represent the percentage of requests that your child emitted independently. Our verbal behavior programming is based off of the PEAK curriculum (see our blog post for more information about why BCOTB uses PEAK over other curricula). If your child needs our assistance in areas that fall outside of this programming, our analysts can create individualized programs to suit their needs.