Bridging the Gap 2nd/3rd Grade Classroom
The BTG 2nd/3rd grade classroom is designed for children 7-9 years old (age as of September 1) who will benefit from an intensive classroom experience. The principles of ABA are used to prepare children for future classroom placements, by teaching skills such as choral responding, following group instructions, following conditional instructions, and transitioning appropriately. BTG classrooms also participate in regular field trips to community locations throughout the year.
The focus of the BTG 2nd/3rd grade classroom is to continue the foundation of group and social skills established in Kindergarten, while expanding those skills to include consistency with classroom routines and academic performance.
Stemming from a traditional one-on-one ABA setup, children are taught to respond within different student-to-teacher ratios, teaching styles, and classroom environments. This process generalizes skills learned in traditional one-on-one ABA therapy to a group environment and teaches students how to learn in a group setting. BTG places a large emphasis on improving adaptive and self-regulation skills to reduce the occurrence of potentially disruptive behaviors.
Lead Teacher, Ms. Mandy
Amanda "Mandy" Childs has been with Hope & BTG since June 2018. Mandy is an alumna of Winthrop University where she received a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education. During her time at Winthrop, Mandy worked as a Line Therapist for school aged children in 1:1 home and clinical settings. Before joining the BTG team Mandy worked as an elementary school teacher for three years.
In her free time Mandy likes to hike, paint, and read. She also enjoys traveling and is determined to visit 6 of the 7 continents (Antarctica didn't make the cut).
Classroom RBT, Ms. Monica
Monica Arroyo joined the Project Hope staff in August 2017. Monica is an alumni of East Carolina University where she studied Family and Community Services with a concentration in Early Intervention. As part of her studies, Monica interned with an assessment team determining if children qualified for Special Education Pre-K placement. Monica began as a line therapist before accepting the classroom RBT position in June 2018.
In her free time, Monica enjoys reading, thrift shopping, spending time with her husband, and playing with her dog Lennon.