Thrive Center

The Thrive Center of Dordt University is a teaching center that serves the Northwest Iowa region in the areas of behavior therapy and skills acquisition for children. Dordt University professors and students are involved in numerous aspects of the services provided. This unique relationship allows future teachers and practitioners to get a supervised hands-on learning experience.

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An BCBA at Dordt's Thrive Center for ABA works one-on-one with a child

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The Thrive Center is home to the Applied Behavior Analysis Center as well as the Achievement Center. These two centers provide holistic tutoring and social instruction to clients.

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Thrive Center for Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Comprehensive ABA treatment: Treatment addresses a variety of skill deficits across multiple developmental areas. Behaviors for decrease and increase are both addressed. Comprehensive ABA treatment is typically a more intensive treatment protocol, although the intensity will be determined based on client needs. Treatment is typically delivered 1:1 initially and gradually includes small groups.
  • Focused ABA treatment: Focused treatment addresses a limited number of skills and behavioral targets and can include target behaviors for decrease and increase. These plans are appropriate for clients who need treatment for a limited number of functional skills or who have acute problem behaviors that should be prioritized. Treatment may be delivered in a small group or individual format depending on target skills.
  • Social Skills Groups: Groups are play-based sessions that are scheduled by the child’s age and social skill goals. Social skills groups are scheduled throughout the year.
  • Consultations and Supportive Services: Thrive Center offers contract-based supports to area schools and service providers. Supports include Functional Behavior Assessments, Behavior Intervention Plan development and support, and staff training and supervision.
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Thrive Center for Achievement
  • One-on-one, hour-long sessions: Individualized lessons and hour-long sessions provide maximum results and minimal disruption to your busy schedule.
  • Structured literacy program: for struggling readers and those with dyslexia.
  • Math tutoring: for those struggling with math skills.