We offer an innovative service that is not offered anywhere else in the world, so we understand there are many questions around what we do! Here are some common questions and the answers to them for both types of lessons that we offer.
What is Applied Behavior Analysis?
Applied Behavior Analysis is a field, which originated from B.F. Skinner's science of behavior which derived theories from some research, which was conducted originally in the early 1900s. Behavior analysis as a popular science, occurred in the early sixties with research and theory development related to why animals and humans act the way they do. Some terms for which you might be familiar with from our field include reinforcement, punishment, and motivation.
From the science of Behavior Analysis came Applied Behavior Analysis (1987), which uses the scientific principles from behavior analysis research to solve or mitigate social problems and change socially significant behavior. Socially significant behavior is behavior that is important to the client or others, which pertain to that client’s developments in goals and success in life. The most common application of ABA has been in areas of Autism to teach clients necessary life skills such as communication, social skills, and behavior management techniques. Behavior analysts also work with a number of clients who exhibit inappropriate problem behavior that interferes significantly with their life to teach them appropriate behaviors.
How is ABA used with dance for competitive dancers?
In using ABA with dance, Dr. Quinn has developed a method called task analysis where the dance movement is broken up into observable and scientifically measurable steps for which data is collected. Using a scientifically proven ABA method, Dr. Quinn trains the dancer on these steps and collects data each step of the way to assess effectiveness.
How is ABA different from sports psychology?
Sports Psychologists assess the athletes mind. In ABA we assess the environmental conditions: (i.e.: how the athlete is trained by the teacher). In addition data in sports psychology can be subjective (i.e.: how the person is feeling), when all the data in ABA is objective and we measure exactly how the athlete is performing.
How are goals set?
Goals are set at the initial session. We conduct an assessment and collect baseline data.
Why do the private lessons for the competitive dancer cost more than some private lessons at a dance studio and what does the dancer get in addition to dance training?
Our lessons cost more because they are conducted using interventions which are scientifically proven to enhance performance and using data to track the dancers improvement the entire way. At a typical dance studio, your dancer will not get data to assess improvement, nor will innovative scientific methods be used. Your dancer will receive a scientific task analysis of the dance movement, data collection and analysis, as well as specialized training using a scientific procedure.
What experience does the company founder have working with competition dancers?
Doctor Quinn has been a professional performer for over a decade, with experience as a dance instructor for almost a decade. In addition, Doctor Quinn is published in scientific journals for enhancing the performance of competition dancers, and has worked with over 10 studios in the Tampa Bay area using ABA methods with dancers on their competition team.
Within how many sessions should I see improvement in my dancer?
According to research you should see improvement in about 5 sessions. Dr. Quinn continually will update your student’s movements that we work on during the sessions free of charge once goals are accomplished so the lessons never become stale and your dancer is continually challenged.
How often are lessons recommended?
We recommend a half hour a week for at least 6 months. If you would like to book more than a half hour, you have the option to do so.
Why do the private lessons for the dancer with special needs cost more than some private lessons at a dance studio?
Our lessons cost more because your child is receiving a dance lesson with scientifically proven methodology and data collection. IN ADDITION, your child is receiving ABA therapy by a registered behavioral technician supervised by a doctoral level board certified behavior analyst. Your child will receive a behavioral assessment and treatment plan in addition to a dance class. Even inclusive dance classes do not offer this! Your child will receive a scientific task analysis of the dance movement to targer gross motor movement coordination, data collection and analysis, specialized training using a scientific procedure, a treatment plan written by a board certified behavior analyst, and therapy embedded in their dance lesson.
What experience does the company founder have working with dancers with special needs?
Dr. Quinn has worked with individuals with special needs for almost a decade in clinical settings as a behavioral technician, BCaBA, and BCBA. In addition, Dr. Quinn has taught multiple courses at the University of South Florida in their behavioral healthcare minor on topics such as: Fundamentals of ABA, Behavioral Assessment and Intervention Planning, Practicum, and courses on how to provide ABA services to individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities. In addition, Dr. Quinn is an author on scientific studies to enhance dance performance of child wheelchair dancers and adults with special needs.
How is ABA with dance different from dance therapy?
In dance therapy the act of teaching dance is the therapy itself, and goals are measured subjectively. In ABA therapy with dance, dance is used as a reinforcer during the session but is not the therapy itself. In our lessons your child has a treatment plan written to target socially significant outcomes. We collect objective data on these outcomes as well as their success learning dance and adopting gross motor movements, coordination, and control.
Should my child with special needs do the ABA with dance lessons in addition to their typical ABA therapy?
Absolutely! Our lessons are not meant as a replacement for other therapies but an incredible supplement to them. Most of our clients participate in traditional ABA and or Occupational therapy, but love having a half hour (or more) per week to receive therapy in a new environment while learning from a skilled dance instructor. In addition since Dr. Quinn is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, she will happily collaborate with your child’s other therapists to share goals and progress, and make sure her treatment plan aligns with your child’s treatment plans from other therapists (if applicable).
Do you teach boys in addition to girls and do you only work with children with Autism or other diagnosis as well?
We are all inclusive and accept all children regardless of gender or type of disability. We will adapt our lessons to any ability.
Do you provide regular dance lessons without ABA as well?
We do offer private lessons without ABA for dancers. These lessons are 50$ for 45 minutes (instead of 50$ for 30 minutes). If your dancer would like to bring a friend (up to 3), then the lessons are 75$ for 45 minutes.
What styles of dance are taught in the private lessons?
We teach ballet, jazz, or lyrical.