What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy is an evidence based scientific method used to teach individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as other development disabilities. Therapy includes basic learning programs, communication instruction, and behavior modification. We also teach living and social skills programs with the parents.
The application of ABA therapy in the lives of individuals with disabilities supports their growth and development. By improving the lives of kids, we have a direct impact on the quality of life of their family.
Your child's individualized program will focus on building skills in any of these areas:
Self-help skills, including toilet training
Independent living skills
Play & leisure skills
Gross and fine motor skills
Basic academic and pre-academic skills
Tolerance and acceptance
Reduction of maladaptive behaviors
Integration into schools
Is my child eligible for ABA Therapy?
ABA Therapy supports the growth and independence for children that have autism spectrum disorders. If your child has problems that are either behavioral or developmental, they are usually eligible for ABA therapy.
What skills are taught to help improve my child’s behavior?
- Independent living skills
- Communication skills
- Listening and attending skills
- Interaction with peers and other age appropriate social skills
How will my child be taught?
We use a variety of different methods to teach, because as you know every child is different.
- DTT (Discrete Trial Training) teaches kids by using repetition and positive reinforcement to learn skills, and rewards independence and responding to these skills.
- Naturalistic Teaching uses the child’s natural environment to teach new skills and to reinforce those learned through Discrete Trial training.
- Verbal Behavior Intervention helps to teach children to communicate with others using a variety of techniques and devices.
Who is teaching my child these skills?
BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) – They must have a Master’s degree in a specialized field, have studied behavioral analysis, have accrued 1500 hours of field work, and must pass a special board exam. They assess each child and develop an individualized program, evaluate the data collected, and supervise RBT’s and BCaBA’s.
BCaBA (Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst) - They must have an undergraduate degree with their study directed to behavior analysis, have time in the field, and they must have passed a special board exam. They work with the BCBAs’ assisting them in the development of programs, and the evaluation of assessment and the treatment data. They work under supervision of the BCBA.
RBTs (Registered Behavior Technicians) are required to take a 40-hour course, and a certification exam.
All of this comes together in a cohesive program to create a balanced environment for your child to grow and thrive in.