The Center-Based Service Model

This service model recognizes that technicians are the eyes and the ears of an intervention program. Facilitating and guiding the instruction of technicians translates to effectiveness. With behavior analysts and technicians working together in the same location, the center-based model replaces the home therapy model. What are the benefits?


  • Technicians teach on-site at the center with constant supervision provided by the BCBA.
  • Steady communication between BCBAs and technicians improves reliability of data, allowing parents and Program Managers to track and respond to progress.
  • This model can encourage and monitor interactions between students in small groups. This prepares students for the learning environment of a typical classroom.


  • The organization hires, employs, and supervises the technicians. Families can focus on their children and not on running a small business in the home.
  • BCBAs can streamline their instruction with technicians. Familiarity in methodology builds efficiency and accuracy.


Reasons why we firmly believe the center-based model is more effective than a home-based model:

  • 1BCBA is on site during therapy sessions With continuous oversight from a BCBA, consistency of instructional delivery is improved and questions from technicians are answered immediately.
  • 2Peers are readily available for more socialization opportunities We take advantage of other children already here to work on naturally-occurring social opportunities such as sharing, initiations, conversation skills, tone of voice etc.
  • 3Group instruction takes place every session We present instruction in groups during a portion of therapy time to help our students become proficient learners in school, where group instruction is the predominant setting for learning. During group instruction, technicians are still on-hand, ready to provide support as needed to help the student stay on task.
  • 4Improved generalization to the classroom or other natural environments Our students are more apt to generalize their learned skills to other environments because we intentionally present instruction with different instructors, different classrooms, and in multiple formats: group instruction, circle time, group snack time. Furthermore, our students stay on task in noisy environments with other distractions because peers are naturally-occurring distractors in the environment.
  • 5Excellent staff supervision With all of our staff working in one location, we provide more supervision, which translates to higher treatment integrity. Our instructors continue to receive ongoing staff development, which furthers their understanding and knowledge in the field of behavior analysis.

Assessments Used

  • Assessment of Basic Learning and Language Skills (ABLLS-R)
  • Test of Pragmatic Language (TOPL)
  • ABLLS (Functional/Adaptive Skills)
  • Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Protocol (VB-MAPP)

Session Times

Sessions with students are held Monday through Friday. To ensure adequate progress, the clinic requires a 3-session minimum per week.

  • Session A: 9:00 - 12:00 noon
  • Session B: 1:00 - 3:30 pm
  • Session C: 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Curriculum Utilized in Center

At Jigsaw, we utilize a variety of curriculum at the center, and we cater to the learning needs of each individual student. This is an ongoing list of curriculum that we have access to at the center:

  • Edmark Reading Program
  • Edmark Functional Words Series
  • Reading Mastery
  • Sensible Pencil
  • Visualizing/Verbalizing®
  • Talkies®
  • Singapore Math
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Explode the Code
  • Step Up to Writing
  • Morningside Math Fluency
  • Haughton Learning CenterTM Phonological Coding
  • HELP® Series
  • No Glamour® Series
  • Social Thinking
  • Spotlight on Social Skills Review (Elementary & Adolescent)
  • Spotlight on Reasoning and Problem Solving
  • Daily Language Review
  • Daily Reading Comprehension
  • Daily Math Practice
  • Daily Word Problems

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