Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, is the only evidence-based intervention for the treatment of autism. However, ABA is also an effective intervention for many other developmental delays and disabilities. ABA can be implemented across all age-ranges from early childhood through adulthood.
ABA changes the environment in a systematic manner in order to improve behavior and teach new behaviors. In simple terms, ABA increases appropriate behaviors and decreases inappropriate behaviors by using positive reinforcement.
Applied --> practical method
Behavior --> what people do (both appropriate and inappropriate)
Analysis --> the study of something
ABA is the study of behavior using practical methods to change those behaviors.
A child’s natural environment is their home. It is where they spend the most time and where they are the most comfortable. We believe ABA services given at home have the most successful outcomes by allowing a child to learn in their natural surroundings. Truly functional, real-life skills are acquired most effectively in real-life settings.
ABA program goals are highly individualized for the specific needs of each child. While learning through repetitive attempts, or “discrete trial training,” is an important part of how certain skills are learned, “natural environment teaching” ensures children will develop a real-world set of skills which is a key part of our approach. A combination of the many ABA methods that is best suited for each child will be used in our sessions.
Common skill targets include:
We teach our learners how to use language. Functional, expressive and receptive language skills are taught in a manner that is accessible and effective for each individual child.
Play and Social Skills
We teach children how to play with toys, encourage pretend play, and learn to interact with their peers and family at any age.
Daily Living Skills
We teach children self-care skills, including toileting, dressing, and feeding.
We identify the function of a child's challenging behavior and compassionately teach replacement behaviors using positive reinforcement.
Parents, families, and caregivers are encouraged to be a part of our sessions. You are the most important piece of your child’s development and our partner in helping your child succeed. Family support sessions occur regularly to teach parents how to apply ABA principals when we aren’t there directly teaching your child.