The Faison Approach
At the Faison Center, our mission is simple – to give children and adults with autism and related challenges the best opportunity to improve their life’s journey through evidence-based practice. Our mission across the lifespan is accomplished through specific programs designed to meet the needs of families at different points in their lives: the Faison School, the Faison Behavioral Health Clinic, and Faison Adult Services.
Only the most effective autism therapies, including scientific teaching practices are used, taught and shared at Faison. Faison is accredited by CABAS® – the Comprehensive Application of Behavior Analysis to Schooling. Faison’s approach integrates applied behavior analysis (ABA) throughout the entirety of each student’s experience here. In practice, this means that the student’s reading, writing, social, communicative, motor, and self-management “behaviors” are the fundamental units on which we focus. Instructors recognize that often, performance issues result from the child’s previous and current history with the instruction, and how it is selected, designed, presented, and reinforced. In addition, student performance is analyzed on a variety of different levels and on a student-by-student basis. Teachers and behavior analysts use data to evaluate performance. Faison serves a number of individuals that all receive personalized services. If a specific method proves unsuccessful for a given student, it is modified or replaced with another evidence-based approach. Faison’s comprehensive ABA approach also means that the specific procedures we use are based on the science of human behavior and learning, drawn from empirically-based research, and carried out in such a way that they can be described to parents and other important figures in the student’s life. Lastly, our ABA approach actively and continually focuses on pinpointing student strengths and weaknesses, preferences, as well as long term goals. We strive to ensure that we and the rest of the student’s IEP team work collaboratively to prepare students for lifelong learning experiences.