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SEARCH Learning Group provides a comprehensive, behavior-analytic program based on a collaborative effort between our clinical staff and the families we serve. Services take place in SEARCH’s learning center, as well as in transition settings.

Our instructional model, which utilizes a 1:1 student-teacher ratio, employs the science of applied behavior analysis (ABA) with consistent oversight by board certified behavior analysts (BCBAs) at both the center and transition settings.

We bridge the gap from 1:1 individualized programming at the center to transition settings, and also into the home, allowing for meaningful and lasting changes. A team approach drives all programming, and each learner’s family is guided through every step of the process.

Our ultimate goal is to have our learners receive the best possible intervention and optimal results. SEARCH aims to have learners reach their maximum potential and then graduate into the educational placement that best suits their needs as they grow.


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Center-based program

Our comprehensive educational program is based on the science of applied behavior analysis (ABA). All instruction is data-driven and implemented using a full-time treatment model. Learners attend SEARCH for 30 hours per week of one to one (1:1) instruction over a 12-month period, which includes an Extended School Year (ESY). Our curriculum addresses all areas of skill development including, but not limited to, receptive and expressive language, communication and social skills, play and peer interaction skills, pre-academic skills, leisure skills, and age-appropriate independent living skills. All of our curricula are aligned to the national common core standards, as well as New Jersey’s specific student learning standards (NJSLS) and encompasses both SEARCH’s own curriculum system, as well as additional curricula to address reading, language arts, and mathematic programming. SEARCH’s learning center provides an ideal setting for ABA treatment programming.

SEARCH center creates opportunities for ongoing clinical collaboration between team members and gives our team the ability to ensure consistency of program delivery. All SEARCH clinicians receive hands-on training and ongoing staff supervision by Board Certified Behavior Analysts. BCBAs are on site at all times and oversee all programs.

Ongoing data collection and analysis guides all programming and ensures learning is occurring. In addition to skill acquisition programming, SEARCH also looks to decrease behaviors that may interfere with a child’s availability to learn. Using replacement behaviors or positive supports, SEARCH looks to set its students up for long-term success as his or her educational program progresses.

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Transition programs

SEARCH’s goal is to help each of our learners reach his or her maximum potential. For learners who demonstrate the necessary prerequisite skills, SEARCH begins transition programming to help reintegrate them back into less restrictive settings.

SEARCH bridges the gap between our center-based program and transition settings with a supported transition approach. Using the same instructional model as that in our center-based program, one of SEARCH’s staff members accompanies the learner to the transition setting to serve as a shadow. Systematic supports, behavior-analytic teaching techniques, and data-driven programming allow for advanced skill development to occur in areas specific to the transition setting. Goals in transition programs can include establishing friendships, increased independence, and participating in large group instruction. All transition programs are individualized and incorporated into a learner’s 30-hour per week educational program.

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Family involvement

Ongoing parental involvement is critical to ensure meaningful and lasting changes. SEARCH designs specific programming to facilitate generalization of skills into the home and other environments. Parents receive specific training on behavior-analytic teaching techniques and support, as well as how to implement these procedures on a daily basis. SEARCH is committed to providing parents and caregivers with the tools necessary to help them support their children as the educational needs change.

SEARCH values family involvement and incorporates parents into a variety of areas of their child’s treatment program. Parents participate in weekly parent training sessions at the center, home visits, parent observations at the center, and quarterly clinic meetings. SEARCH looks to support families, as they are key members of their child’s intervention team.

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