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UTSA’s TEAM Center is a university-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) clinic to serve the needs of children with autism and other intellectual disabilities in South Texas. Applied behavior analysis is a systematic approach to environmental modification for the purposes of influencing socially important behavior to a meaningful degree. The purpose of the TEAM Center is to accentuate the context for behavior.
Behavior analysis is the science of the relationship between behavior and environment. Research has demonstrated that behavior analytic interventions are the most efficacious for treating the behavioral deficits (i.e., communication, social reciprocity, variation, etc.) and excesses (i.e., tantruming, aggression, stereotypy, etc.) associated with autism spectrum disorder (National Autism Center, 2015; Reichow, 2012; Wong et al., 2014, 2015).
Students and faculty at the TEAM Center apply the principles of behavior analysis to address thechallenges of autism and related disorders through research, teaching, and service.
The TEAM Center serves as a verbal behavior laboratory in which faculty and student research teams investigate variables related to sharpening stimulus control over language and conditioning listener repertoires. Our research on the cultural variables of verbal communities has been published in a variety of behavior analytic and special education journals, and recognized with multiple awards.
The TEAM Center serves as the world’s first ShaperSpace, a verbal community in which UTSA students earn intensive practicum hours towards completing their eligibility to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam through project-based learning. We incorporate the principles of incidental teaching at the university level to emphasize the acquisition of behavior analytic skills through contingency shaping.
In partnership with UTSA’s Extended Education program, the TEAM Center offers Registered Behavior Technician training for administrators, teachers, direct care providers, and others who work with individuals with special needs.
Conveniently located at UTSA’s Downtown Campus, the TEAM Center provides ABA intervention for families of children in need of specialized intervention. All services are provided by UTSA students who volunteer their time to work in the TEAM Center under the direct supervision of our BCBA faculty.
Nov 01, 2016 | posted by Jo Ann JonesChildren from the Teacher Education Autism Model (TEAM) Center went Trick or Treating through the Durango Building on the Downtown Campus on Monday, October 31, 2016. View All News