Frequently Asked Questions
What groups of children and adolescents is AIM for?
AIM is appropriate for any child or adolescent who is able to engage in language abilities that included speaking in at least one to two sentences at a time and understand simple spoken directiosn and who would benefit from improving social-emotional skills and/or engaging in increased adaptive, flexible, and appropriate behavior. AIM is appropriate for children with or without disabilities and can be administered in a one-on-one, small group, or large group setting.
Who can implement AIM?
AIM is designed to be used by behavior analysts, educators, and other service providers. For more information, see the "Who Can Use AIM?" page in the 'About' section of this website.
How much training do I need to do AIM?
The AIM curriculum book is designed to provide a curriculum and the foundation of knowledge to implement it, each professional should examine his or her own competence and seek out additional training as needed. Dixon and Paliliunas will be providing open workshop trainings on AIM during the year, and private agency-specific overview or continued training or consultation is also available.
How often do I need to implement AIM?
The most important aspect of implementing AIM is to do so with consistency. This means determining a schedule for implementation that is achievable within your setting. The acceptance and mindfulness activities and functional behavior management components can be adjusted to work in daily and weekly arrangments, or some combination of those. Feel free to contact us for more information.
What does the AIM curriculum include?
Within the over 350 pages of the AIM text, you will find all of the information and resources needed to get started using AIM! This includes a primer on the theoretical and foundational concepts underlying the curriculum, a complete and partial guide to implementation, as well as a number of resources, such as:
>>>>>175 ACT lessons that are presented in tiers of intervention intensity. Tier 1 is designed for quick 1-5 min interventions, Tiers 2 and 3 are crafted for more intensive sessions.
>>>>> Functional assessment data sheets, token and point sheets, daily worksheets, treatment integrity checklists
>>>>> The all new Childhood Psychological Flexibility Index that measures a child's self-rules, and beliefs about the world around them
How can I purchase AIM?
You can purchase the AIM Curriculum through the online store by following the link below:
How does AIM differ from or is similar to Dixon's 2014 book "ACT for Children with Autism and Emotional Challenges?"
Dixon's prior text is an excellent overview of ACT and contains 180 daily ACT lessons that can be used across a wide age range K-12 and includes written, experiential, art, and team building exercises. AIM is more expansive in that in addition to ACT lessons, AIM also includes a system of behavior management, data collection, progress monitoring, and mindfulness exercises. Dixon's ACT book has an outstanding set of ACT lessons that can be "plugged in" as supplements to those 175 ACT lessons found within the AIM text. Together these two resources will provide the implementer with over 300 uniquely crafted ACT experiences for children with or without disabilities across a K-12 age span.