The REALM Program is developed and supported by the Ringwood Board of Education in response to the growing needs of our children requiring a highly structured, individualized educational program that utilizes the principles of ABA. In addition to an intense regimen of discrete trial teaching or applied verbal behavior (VB) teaching, The REALM program utilizes other ABA based teaching methods such as shaping, prompting, prompt fading, backward and forward chaining, modeling, reinforcement programs, and functional assessments. It offers other specialized interventions such as speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. In addition, we maximize mainstreaming and inclusion opportunities with neuro-typical children when appropriate.


ABA is a set of concepts and principles “devoted to the understanding and improvement of human behavior” (Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 1987, p. 2). ABA is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree (Baer, Wolf, & Risely, 1967; Alberto & Troutman, 2008; Buchanan & Weiss, 2006; Celiberti, Buchanan, Bleeker, Kreiss, & Rosenfeld, 2004; Sulzer-Azaroff & Mayer, 1991). The key components of ABA are: (1) focusing on objectively defined, observable behaviors of social significance; (2) improving the selected behavior while demonstrating a reliable relationship between the methods used and the behavioral improvement; and (3) using the methods of science - description, quantification, and analysis (Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 1987).


  • Intensive 1:1 teaching

  • Individualized goals

  • Teaching strategies based on ABA and VB

  • Highly structured small group instruction

  • Program BCBA

  • Ongoing home-school collaboration

  • Parent training and workshops

  • Speech/language therapy

  • Augmentative communication (PECS, high tech devices, IPad, etc)

  • Occupation therapy, including sensory input strategies

  • Inclusion opportunities

  • Collaboration with general education teachers and students

  • Educational programming from preschool through grade 8