Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
WHAT IS APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS?
A common treatment option for individuals who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), a scientific discipline focusing on meaningful changes in behavior through the analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of social and other environmental modifications.
Applied Behavior Analysis will help an individual in many ways:
- Increase skills, such as communication, social interactions, and self-reliance skills
- Improve ability to focus on tasks with instruction
- Increase motivation to perform
- Decrease problem behaviors, such as self-injury or outbursts
We offer center-based and in-home ABA services in both one-to-one and group settings, as well as parent led ABA and social skills groups. Depending on specific treatment needs, ABA services can be provided at a client’s home, school or in the community.
We use a formal assessment methodology to guide the development of a client’s behavior program. This assessment occurs before treatment begins and is ongoing throughout the client’s program to determine treatment effectiveness and whether the client’s goals are being met.
Clients receive an individualized treatment plan developed by our Licensed Behavior Analyst. The treatment plan is based off the initial ABA assessment and on-going re-assessments throughout the term of the plan. Data on a client’s skill acquisition and behavior is recorded and analyzed regularly. We offer a range of ABA services to help meet the needs and desires of each of our clients.
- Parent Led – Parents and caregivers learn the basics of ABA via coaching from a highly skilled team in order to implement ABA programming with their child. The goal of Parent Led ABA is to give parents the tools to support and teach their child using basic ABA skills. By eliminating the need for scheduled sessions with an outside practitioner, families have more flexibility to engage in everyday activities.
- Group – Two or more clients meet with one or more practitioners in one of our centers to improve their cognitive and social skills. Just like in 1:1 ABA, the treatment is overseen by our team of experts, but in this case multiple clients meet together with practitioners. This is an opportunity for clients with similar or complimentary needs to work together and receive support.
- 1:1 – Clients meet individually with a practitioner, either in one of our clinics, or in their home or another location in the community. Treatment sessions are provided by a team of our highly trained experts in ABA, a Clinical Manager/BCBA, and supported by a Program Supervisor, BCaBA or Master’s level practitioner. Treatment may focus on the child, but will also involve family members including parents and other caregivers and siblings.
We also offer ABA Social Skills Groups, for children who need special focus on their social skills in particular and who would like the chance to socialize with other kids with an ASD diagnosis. These group sessions are focused on teaching and reinforcing social skills development through structured social skill building activities.
Parent and Family Involvement
For all types of ABA, an important part of our program is training parents, family members and caretakers on how to assist in the client’s program during and after sessions.
WHAT IS THE GOAL?
The goal is to help someone with ASD work on skills that will help them become more independent and live a happy and fulfilling life.
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