WHAT IS ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA Therapy) is a scientifically derived, one-on-one therapy used to explain how learning takes place. When a behavior is followed by some type of reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. ABA utilizes research based techniques to increase useful and positive behaviors and reduce those that may cause harm or interfere with learning. ABA therapy is the most effective evidence-based treatment for Autism and is recommended by physicians, the American Psychological Association, and the US Surgeon General.
A BCBA will observe and interact with your child as well as gather information from caregivers. The consultant will provide recommendations as to treatment including, but not limited to, hour of services per week, skills to target, best environment for services to take place in (i.e. school versus clinic), and more. Your child will also be evaluated using a curriculum-based assessment (e.g. ABLLS-R, VB-MAPP, ESDM). The information gathered in the initial assessment will be written into a report.
We work on communication, social skills, appropriate play, academic skills, self-help skills, and more. When teaching communication skills we utilize the verbal behavior approach, created by B.F. Skinner, which analyzes language according to it’s function rather then it’s form. We also work on decreasing inappropriate behavior and teaching appropriate replacement behaviors. Therapy is conducted by motivating the child so that learning is fun!
PARENT & CAREGIVER TRAINING
Parents and caregivers are a critical piece of the treatment team. Intensive training is provided to family members to ensure comprehensive treatment. Extended family members are also encouraged to participate.