ABA Therapy F.A.Q.

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Common Questions about ABA Therapy

What is ABA Therapy? “applied behavior analysis (ABA Therapy) is a recognized method for reducing harmful (maladaptive) behaviors and teaching a new skill. ABA therapy is researched, individualized, and goal-oriented.

 

ABA therapy can improve social, communication, and learning skills through positive reinforcement. ABA involves several phases, allowing for an approve that is tailored to your child’s needs.

 

We start with a consultation and assessment
We will assign your case to a board certified BCBA (behavior analysts). This consultation we will ask about your child’s strengths and abilities as well as things that challenge him/her.
He/She will spend time interacting with your child to make observations about his/her behavior.
If allowed, we may be visit your school or home to observe your child’s behavior during regular scheduled activities.

 

A treatment plan looks different for every child.

 

Your Behavior analysts will then develop a tailored plan based on the initial consultation . This plan will align with your child unique needs and include concrete goals.

 

Goals can generally be anything from problematic or harmful behaviors such as self-injury, tantrums, and increasing or improving communications and other skills.

 

Plans will include strategies for all caregivers, teachers and therapist to use to achieve treatment goals. Keeping everyone on the same page to keep a consistent approach through out all areas of a child’s everyday life.

 

The specific type of ABA used may depend on your child’s age, areas of challenge, and other factors.
Early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) is often recommended for children younger than five. It involves an intensive, individualized curriculum designed to teach communication, social interaction, and functional and adaptive skills.
Discrete trial training aims to teach skills through structured task completion and rewards.
Pivotal response training lets your child take the lead in a learning activity, though the therapist often offers a few choices based on specific skills.
Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) involves play-based activities that incorporate several goals at once.
Verbal behavior interventions can help children become more verbal or increase their communication skills.

 

Our trained therapist do frequent evaluations to uncover causes of certain behaviors to help your child change or improve. Over the course of ABA therapy, your child’s therapist may adapt their approach based on how your child responds to certain interventions.

 

As long as you continue treatment, therapist will continue to collect data and monitor their progress and analyze which strategies are working and where you child may benefit from different treatment tactics.

 

The goal of treatment depends on your child’s individual needs
At any rate, ABA often can result in children:
showing more interest in people or activities around them
communicating with other people more effectively
learning to ask for things they want (food or toys)
increasing focus at school
reducing or stopping self harming behaviors
decreasing tantrums or outburst
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific approach to understanding behavior.
ABA therapy helps with developing new skills, shape, and refine previously learned skills and help decrease social significant behaviors.
 
The basic basis of ABA therapy is to focus on positive results, without focusing on why negative reactions occur. Rewarding appropriate behaviors or responses encourage appropriate responses. Although the child may be choosing the right answer or response to earn a reward, the repeated correct choice reinforces what is expected. At some point, the right response will be automatically chosen, even after the reward is removed.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) studies the principles of how learning happens and uses those principles to bring about positive change in behavior. ABA consists of many evidence-based practices (practices that are backed by significant research) aimed at increasing positive, useful behaviors and reducing behaviors that are detrimental either physically, socially or academically. ABA therapy is also used to increase language and communication skills, improve attention, focus, social skills, self-helpskills, memory, and academics.
 
A primary goal with ABA therapy is to help improve communication skills, including, listening, looking, eye contact, and imitating appropriate behaviors and actions. In addition, more advanced skill sets desired with ABA treatment include reading, understanding perspectives of others, and the ability to have back and forth conversations with others.
Is your child…

 

Having difficulty learning?
Having problem acquiring a new skills?
Having difficulty communicating?
Experiencing problem behaviors that get in the way of functioning?

 

If you answered yes to more than one of these, we believe you could benefit from ABA Therapy. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) consist of many evidence-based practices (practices that are backed by significant research) aimed at increasing positive, useful behaviors and reducing behaviors that are detrimental either physically, socially or academically. ABA is also used to increase language and communication skills, improve attention, focus, social skills, self-help skills, memory retention and academics.
Yes!

 

Research has shown that ABA Therapy is a proven treatment for those on the autism spectrum above all other forms of therapy. Research also shows that individuals that receive early intensive ABA therapy, on average, show greater increase in IQ and significant gains in adaptive skill areas such as social, communication, play, hygiene and safety skills etc.

All Applied Behavior Analysis programs are individualized to each child. ABA programs are developed based on the result of ABBLS assessment implemented by a Certified Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) which targets behavior or skills that will be selected for treatment. Data then is collected on those target behaviors or skills throughout the treatment process to ensure progression is being made. Our BCBA and Program Manager carefully monitor data and help with decisions in making a treatment plan, new goals and skills that will be introduced consistently to ensure rapid growth in reaching their goals.

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