Behavior Stabilization Program

The KidsLink School Behavior Stabilization Program is an intensive educational based program that utilizes methods from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

The primary goal of the Behavior Stabilization Program is eventual reintegration back to the home school district, typically within 8-24 months. In the program students learn specific CBT and DBT tools to manage strong feelings and make better behavioral choices. Staff use principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to develop behavior intervention plans. The combination of these therapeutic modalities has proven very effective in helping students return to stable functioning and to a lesser restrictive setting.

Students in the Behavior Stabilization Program may have educational disability categories of Emotional Disturbance, but who also typically have a developmental diagnosis. Students in this program characteristically have low to above average cognitive abilities. The goal of the program is to assist individuals in resolving their crisis, decrease symptoms and make appropriate community linkages for ongoing services as appropriate, as well as to avoid more restrictive and costly levels of care. Students have access to psychological treatment/mental health services as dictated by the IEP.

Services include:

  • Health screening and psychology
  • Crisis intervention and stabilization services
  • Short-term life skills training and academic
  • Transition support back to the districts of residence including planning, including referrals and linkage to other resources in the community