Here at Gateway School we maintain a group of staff who have been trained in Non-violent Crisis Intervention through the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), an international organization with an excellent reputation for educating staff in safe, respectful and noninvasive methods for managing disruptive and assaultive behaviors.
The core philosophy behind the CPI organization is to maintain the Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security of both students and staff members. The ultimate objective is to de-escalate difficult situations that arise as early as possible by understanding students’ anxieties, body language and behaviors.
Gateway School has a permanent crisis team who, along with the instructional and related services staff, provide an immediate response to any problem within the school at the earliest stages. The entire staff is trained several times a year, with a level of training depending upon their role.
Gateway School’s methodologies are to reduce problem behavior and increase socially significant skills is Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). This Program provides a variety of services that include direct instruction and behavior reduction programs. The principals of ABA are used to organize the delivery of services to our students. Based on school and parental input, student assessment, and direct observation, skill deficits are identified and programs are developed.
Many of the Gateway School instructional staff has been educated in the principles and strategies of ABA. These strategies and interventions focus on objectively defined behaviors of social value; they attempt to discover the function of problem behaviors within the school and community environment; and they enable staff to intervene to improve the behaviors under study, while demonstrating a reliable relationship between their interventions and behavioral improvements.
Behavior Therapy Services may include: