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