Next Step SW at St. Dominic Savio Academy serves children with pervasive developmental disabilities, including autism. The program serves children ages birth to six years of age, or until the child is ready to be placed in an academic setting. The program’s goal is to identify each child’s needs, and provide individualized intensive treatment to foster success in the least restrictive environment. The program is constructed from the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and Skinner’s Verbal Behavior. Next Step SW stresses the importance of motivation, naturalistic teaching, and age appropriate learning by utilizing Pivotal Response Training and the Early Start Denver Model. Next Step SW seeks to alter each child’s platform for learning in order to optimize treatment outcomes.
M.Ed, BCBA, LBA: Founder and Director of St. Dominic Savio Academy
Corinna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and a Master’s degree in Low Incidence Special Education from Northern Arizona University, where she also completed her post-graduate ABA coursework. She has a graduate certificate in Positive Behavior Support and has worked with children with autism since 2001. After several years of teaching children with autism, Corinna decided to pursue her dream of opening a non-profit day school. For years, Corinna saw a need in the community for a program that would meet the complex needs of students with autism, while giving them the skills they need to be independent, in a traditional school environment. Three years later, St. Dominic Savio Academy was born. When not at school, she enjoys travel, reading, and spending time with her husband and daughters.
MA, BCBA, LBA: Director of Next Step SW at St. Dominic Savio Academy
Mallory completed her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Ball State University and is certified as a Behavior Analyst through the BACB. Prior to her Master’s Degree, Mallory attended the University of the Incarnate word where she received her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Arts (EC-6th grade) and a minor in Special Education, and was initially certified through Penn State University as an Assistant Behavior Analyst. Mallory Directed an ABA based intensive treatment program for children in San Antonio, Texas from 2011 to 2015. Throughout Mallory’s trainings and studies, she has developed a passion for play skills emphasizing that it’s a critical and essential aspect in building skills not only for typical children but also for children with developmental disabilities. Mallory has a passion for discovering each child’s inner motivation and using that to channel a fun and therapeutic environment.
About Next Step
An autism diagnosis can be life changing. Families often feel lost, confused, sad, and even frustrated. The questions begin almost immediately: Is it my fault? What could I have done differently? Why did this happen? How did this happen? When did this happen? What’s next? Our program is designed to be each family’s next step after receiving a diagnosis. The program strives to be each family’s primary resource through the autism journey. Not only will the program provide research-based intervention, it will help families identify which treatments are considered “established” and which treatments are considered “ineffective”.
Next Step SW is affiliated with St. Dominic Savio Academy, a well-known and well-trusted ABA based school for children with autism. Not only does the affiliation allow children to be integrated into a group setting, it also serves as a possible placement for future learning.
Next Step’s programming utilizes a naturalistic treatment model derived from the principals of Applied Behavior Analysis called Pivotal Response Training (PRT). Extended research has shown that children with autism demonstrate most deficits in the areas of motivation, responsiveness to multiple cues, social initiations, and self-management. When these areas are targeted, “results show widespread collateral improvements in communication, social, and behavioral domains.” (See Dr’s Lynn and Robert Koegel’s website: http://www.autismprthelp.com/about-prt.php).
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“Since day one, you spoke words of life into our family. You brought a sense of comfort...to parents that found themselves somewhat lost and broken due to the reality of having a child with special needs.” -Mother of a son who started treatment at age 3."
“I am finally living the life I have always dreamed. I have a life watching my son be happy, make friends and enjoy life. I can't believe kindergarten is over and he now reads me books. He also no longer cries at school. All the teachers and even the nurse love him. They said he has the cutest personality, which I of course agree. :) I want you to know we think of you often and will never forget that you gave our son back to us.”
- Mother of a son who started treatment at age 2.5
“You have played such a key role in our son’s programs and success. Just like you said, you know where we are going and the plan ahead for him. I have trusted your judgment since the first day I met you, and am confident in your skills to help him and many other ASD children; you have proven it to me over and over.”
- Mother of a child who started treatment at age 2
“Mallory, I want to thank you for being the first person to give me hope that my sweet little boy was going to be just fine. I’m so happy I found you when I needed it most. During the lowest point of my life you were the one to show me that his life was not over. I’m so afraid to think what would have happened if our paths did not cross. You have changed my life and most importantly you changed his. I will never be able to thank you enough. You will always be my “go to” person when I get lost on this autism journey.”
- Mother of a child who started treatment at 18 months.
“A minority of individuals diagnosed with autism have been able to achieve
normal educational and intellectual functioning by age 7.”
Dr. O Ivar Lovaas
"We need to capitalize on the neuroplasticity of the brain during the first few years of life in order to optimize outcomes”. “Autism disrupts the platform for brain development, early treatment can alter that platform”
Dr. Ami Klin, Emory University
“Research shows that earlier diagnosis results in access to appropriate interventions,
which then creates a better prognosis”.
Drs. Lynn and Robert Koegel, University of California at Santa Barbara
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