ABC of NC is a private, nonprofit, research-based provider of educational services for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The ABC of NC philosophy is to teach children basic skills by creating an environment that motivates them to communicate and play with their teachers and then to transfer these skills as soon as possible to peers, siblings and other adults in less restrictive settings. ABC of NC offers services to children as soon as possible after diagnosis with ASD.

ABC of NC uses a variety of evidence-based educational techniques within a caring environment to help children develop their full potential. ABC of NC teaches children with autism through such methods as:

  • Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS) and other augmentative communication devices
  • Inclusion and peer-mediated instruction
  • Visual schedules and other visual supports
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Verbal Behavior (VB)
  • Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT)
  • Natural Environment Teaching (NET)/play interventions
  • Inclusive preschool classrooms
  • Social narratives
  • Video modeling
  • Developmental/relationship-based strategies
  • Fluency teaching

Student goals are based on curricula and assessments such as:

  • Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP)
  • Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills-Revised (ABLLS-R)
  • Structured Play Assessment
  • Pictorial Infant Communication Scales (PICS)
  • Autism Social Skills Profile

ABC of NC’s unique approach includes a balanced and developmentally-appropriate program that covers communication, play, social, self-help and academic skills. All intervention activities, including social skills, are data-based. These data are used to revise and redesign programs as needed to ensure each child’s continued progress. The ABC of NC team is unparalleled in enthusiasm and expertise and is dedicated to the highest standards of education in order to provide the best outcomes for its students.

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