The Academic Intervention Service (AIS) provides academic tutoring and support to children between the ages of 6-11. We use evidence-based behaviour analytic approaches to deliver highly effective curricula to help children catch-up and reach their academic potential. Instruction is individualised for each child to meet his or her specific needs. Your child will work with highly trained university students under the direct supervision of a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. If your child is struggling with reading or just needs some additional support, we can help. We are currently running reading instruction sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 4.30 and 6.30pm.
What is a behaviour analytic approach to teaching academic skills?
We believe that given the right environment, every child can learn. We view each child as an individual with unique strengths and challenges. Our job is to identify the barriers to may be preventing your child from reaching his or her academic potential, and then to create a learning environment that removes those barriers and arranges for effective, evidence-based strategies that are tailored to your child’s needs. We use a combination of 1:1 and small group instruction, and we closely monitor your child’s pathway to success.
When and where are sessions scheduled?
Currently, we are running reading sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 4.30pm and 6.30pm. You will find us in Innovation House, which is located across the street from the Treforest railway station.
Is there a fee for the service?
Sessions are £15 for the first hour per week and £10 for each additional hour. An initial meeting with staff to discuss the services provided and their suitability for your child is provided free of charge.
Does my child need referral to attend?
We do not require a referral to receives services.
My child is not behind in reading skills, but he is difficult to motivate. Can the Academic Intervention Service help?
Not all children who attend the Academic Intervention Service are behind their peers in reading. Some children have good reading attainment, but do not like reading. We can work with your child to make academic tasks more enjoyable, thus improving motivation for school work.
My child struggles with academics, but also struggles with behaviour. Can he still attend?
Of course! We understand that academic problems and behaviour problems often go hand in hand. Because our staff are trained in behaviour analysis, we can design a plan that will help address your child’s academic issues alongside his behaviour problems.
What are the qualifications of the behaviour specialists working at the Behaviour Therapy Service?
All lead tutors have earned a Master’s degree in Behaviour Analysis and Therapy, and are currently enrolled in the PgDip in Behaviour Analysis Supervised Practice. A number of Psychology undergraduate students also volunteer at the centre to assist during sessions. Their work is closely supervised by Dr Aoife McTeirnan
What is the research evidence for behaviour analytic instructional approaches and curricula?
There is a wealth of research demonstrating the effectiveness of behaviour analytic approaches to teaching academic skills.
How do I make an enquiry about services?
For any further information, or to enquire about services for your child, e-mail the Academic Intervention Service Coordinator, Dr. Aoife McTiernan at firstname.lastname@example.org .