Center-based Services

Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) supervisors are on-site to provide close staff supervision and oversight of your child’s progress.  Learning center programs can be ideal for young children preparing to enter and succeed in school. 




Services & Toddler ABA Groups

Ages: 18-months to 6-years old
Hours: 8am to 5:30pm

The development of foundational language and play skills are critical milestones ideally met within the first years of a child’s life. Advances Learning Center offers center-based 1:1 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services and Toddler Play Groups, both of which offer a supportive environment where children can develop and foster these, and other, skills.

Center-based services are provided at our Watertown and Wilmington Massachusetts learning centers, where we supply all materials necessary for your child’s program and board certified behavioral analyst (BCBA) supervisors are on-site to provide close staff supervision and oversight of your child’s progress. Having ABA sessions in our learning center can be ideal for a young child who learns best in an environment where distractions can be carefully controlled. One-on-one services are provided for toddlers and young children (18 months to 6 years of age) between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm.

ALC’s Toddler ABA Groups are designed for children aged 18 months to 3 years, who may attend as part of their Center-based program, or as a stand-alone service.  Groups target verbal behavior milestones for children while they engage with same-aged peers and receive support from our caring and knowledgeable staff.  Advances Learning Center services children of all levels of ability, with and without identified diagnoses. Our teacher-to-child ratio ensures individualized attention as ABA instructors facilitate the development of language and play skills including making requests, responding to others, associative and independent play skills.

For Center-based services and toddler playgroups, we accept private insurance, private pay, and school district funding.

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Social Skills

Learning to make and keep friends is crucial in every child’s life. Social skills groups at Advances Learning Center provide direct instruction through interaction via social skills activities and games giving your child the opportunity to practice these foundational skills in a safe nurturing environment, and a chance to develop the skills needed for strong and lasting friendships.

ALC offers social skills groups Tuesday through Saturday. Children are grouped into small “clubs” which meet for two hours every week for two 16-week sessions during the school year. Our small group size ensures plenty of individual attention and helps facilitate the skills needed for the formation of close friendships

  • Eligible Students: Advances Learning Center has social groups for toddlers, children, and teens of all ages who would benefit from social instruction. Not all of our students have a diagnosis, but among those who do are children with Nonverbal Learning Disorder (LND), Aspergers, High-Functioning Autism, learning disabilities or communication disorders.

  • Teaching: Social group instruction at Advances is supportive, systematic, and data-driven. Our group leaders use only instructional methods shown to be effective by research. Whenever appropriate, instruction takes place within games and activities that mimic situations children will encounter in other environments (school, playdates, birthday parties). The Advances Comprehensive Social Skills Curriculum covers a wide range of skills, from the primary (interacting with toys appropriately, turn-taking) to the complex (perspective-taking, inferencing)

  • Progress: Data are taken on every objective, for every child, during every session. Data are graphed and analyzed to ensure that progress is being made. When the data show a lack of progress, teaching methods are changed immediately. Progress reports are sent to parents at the end of each 16-week session, but additional progress reports (including a report after the summer session) may be requested at other times.

  • Staff: Advances group leaders are dedicated and creative teachers who have extensive experience with children with special needs and have solid backgrounds in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Each group has at least one assistant, usually a graduate or undergraduate student in an educational or developmental field of study. Additionally, one-to-one assistance may be provided for an extra fee if a student is not ready for a 1:2 ratio. Group leaders have the supervision and support of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), who oversees teaching procedures and student progress.

  • Placement: At the intake appointment, each child is assessed, and appropriate objectives are determined and prioritized. Children are matched with peers who share similar objectives and have compatible skill levels. Each group works on 5-8 objectives that focus on the particular areas of need of those students.

  • Parent Communication: Parents are encouraged to be closely involved in their child’s program at Advances and are given weekly curriculum reports. These weekly reports also include a suggestion for an activity parents can do at home to encourage generalization of skills. At the end of the session each week, the group leader meets briefly with each parent for questions and updates. Additionally, parents may observe their child’s group or have another member of their educational team observe (requests must be made in advance). For less-intrusive observation, parents may request that a video of their child’s group be made for their (on-site) viewing.

For social skills groups, we accept private insurance and private pay.


School's out, but the learning continues!

We have center-based services available year-round. 

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