ABA and Classroom Combined Programming

Believe is a language based program that provides half-day and full-day small-group classes and one-on-one instruction in a classroom and ABA setting. Believe is just one of the ways The Shafer Center for Early Intervention is improving skills for children with autism.

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  •  5 children/2 adults (master’s level special educator, bachelor’s level classroom assistant)
  •  7.5 hours of integrated speech-language pathology services per week
  •  5 hours per week of behavior consultation by BCBA or BCaBA


  • Half-Day Option
                • 3 hours per day; 9:00-12:00 or 12:00-3:00
    • 5 days per week of small group instruction in a classroom setting
    • Full-Day Option
                            • 6 hours per day; 3 hours of small group instruction and 3 hours of ABA; 9:00-3:00
                        • 5 days per week

believe-ab_-as_-tm_Prerequisite Skills

  •  Answer simple questions
  •  one to two word utterances (verbal or with communication device)
  •  Follow simple one-step group directions
  •  Request Spontaneously
  •  Plays functionally with some toys
  •  Expressively and receptively identifies at least 10 items
  •  Imitates some gross motor actions
  •  Matches simple pictures
  •  Some pre-academic skills, identify colors, shapes, letters and numbers

Target Skills

  • Improve classroom readiness skills; sitting in a group, orienting towards teacher, following classroom routines, raising hand, answering a question, manage personal belongings, and completing tasks
  • Follow two to three step group directions
  • Improve complexity, function, and rate of spontaneous language including commenting, requesting, and asking questions
  • Improve interactive peer play and turn-taking skills, symbolic and pretend play skills, and learn to play games with rules
  • Phonics
  • Phonemic awareness
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Math
  • Handwriting
  • Early reading comprehension skills by participating in our Connect XYZ™ program
  • Curriculums & Programs Utilized for Academic Instruction
  • Maryland Common Core Curriculum
  • Orton-Gillingham
  • Recipe for Reading
  • Seeing Stars
  • Phonemic Awareness in Young Children
  • Talkies
  • Touch Math, Touch Money, Touch Time
  • Handwriting without Tears
We believe it’s possible to teach your child the skills to live up to his/her unique potential. Submit the “Request Information” form or call us at 410-517-1113 for more details about how to enroll your child at The Shafer Center for Early Intervention.