Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) focuses on applying behavior principles to increase functional behavior while decreasing interfering behaviors. By changing the environment before and after the behavior in everyday situations ABA addresses socially significant behaviors that results in increasing learning opportunities and improving quality of life.
Research has proven ABA is an effective, evidence-based way for people with autism and other related disorders to learn a wide variety of skills. The systematic method for assessment and intervention allows Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) to identify why a child engages in maladaptive behaviors, develop the most successful strategies to alleviate these behaviors and teach new skills.
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About This Therapy
During Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), we draw on a variety of techniques to help your child increase desired behaviors such as staying on task, developing language skills, or improving social interactions. Our therapists also work with your child to reduce negative behaviors such as physical aggression or self-injury.
In ABA, we first learn about your child’s specific skills, needs, interests, preferences and family situations. Then, we create a custom treatment plan. During therapy, you can expect to regularly meet with us so we can teach you how to help your child practice new skills at home and school. One key to ABA therapy is acquiring and practicing skills in structured and un-structured situations throughout the day.
Condition Addressed - ASD
Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, refers to a range of disorders with challenges in the areas of social interaction, nonverbal and verbal communication, sensory processing and motor planning. Repetitive or restricted behaviors or interests are common. The ‘spectrum’ refers to a range of symptoms, skills and levels of difficulty that may or may not be present in each child diagnosed with this disorder.
Read More About Autism Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) can be used to support children in the following ways:
- Increase desired behaviors such as staying on task, improving social interactions and developing language skills.
- Acquire new activities of daily living (ADL’s), such as toilet training, communicating and building social and academic skills.
- Reduce or eliminate maladaptive or interfering behaviors such as non-compliance, physical aggression or self-injury.
As referenced from Autism Speaks website, effective ABA intervention for autism is not a one-size-fits-all approach. ABA is an objective discipline, focusing on the reliable measurement and objective evaluation of observable behavior. A skilled BCBA customizes the intervention to each learner’s skills, needs, interests, preferences and family situation. For these reasons, an ABA program for one learner will look different than a program for another learner. That being said, quality ABA programs for learners with autism have the following in common:
- Planning and ongoing assessment.
- Treatment goals and instruction are developmentally appropriate and target a broad range of skill areas including communication, sociability, self-care, play and leisure, motor development and academic skills.
- The intervention involves ongoing objective measurement of the learner’s progress.
- The BCBA meets regularly with family members and program staff to plan ahead, review progress and make adjustments as needed.
- Parents and other family members and caregivers receive training so they can support learning and skill practice throughout the day.
- The learner’s day is structured to provide many opportunities to acquire and practice skills, both planned and naturally occurring, to acquire and practice skills in both structured and unstructured situations.
Services Provided in an ABA approach include:
- Functional Behavior Assessment
- Treatment/Behavior Plan Implementation
- Natural Environment Training
- Incidental/Embedded Teaching Strategies
- Discrete Trial Training Technique
- Social Skills Assessments/Treatment
- Toilet Training
- Parent/Caregiver Training
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Children’s Therapy Corner provides therapeutic intervention for children. CTC was founded on the belief that there should be a place where families can come and learn about their child’s needs, in a supportive team atmosphere. We will work with you to provide direction and support for your family and your child. The goal is for your child to live their life to its fullest capacity.