What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?
The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientifically derived and validated approach to understanding behavior and how it is affected by the environment. ABA therapy is the use of different techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behaviors and skills from toddlers through adulthood. The goal of ABA therapy is to increase useful behaviors and skills, and reduce those that may cause harm or may interfere with learning.
Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA) is used to determine the underlying reason of a behavior, so that an effective intervention plan can be developed. The benefits of FBA are that a child’s behavior is observed by a specialist and analyzed in different situations, which provides insights that could be missed when the behavior is only looked at in one situation. FBA follows a four step process to help understand a child’s behavior.
Who Benefits from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Services?
Children, teens and adults with the following disorders or disabilities can greatly benefit from ABA assessments and therapy:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Learning Disability
- Down’s Syndrome
- Developmental Delay/Intellectual Disability
- Tourette’s Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
- Fragile X Syndrome
- Brain Injuries
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Substance Abuse
What do ABA Services Consist of?
ABA services include a variety of assessments and trainings, as well as therapeutic interventions. Assessments include Functional Behavior Assessment, Social Skills Screening, Vocational Skills Assessment, and many more. Trainings include Behavior Intervention Plan, and various trainings for parents, teachers and care givers.
ABA therapy is designed to help children or adults with special needs learn important skills and decrease behaviors of concern which often interfere with children’s learning and development. The frequency of each ABA sessions is pre-planned based on each child’s level of functioning, learning curve and severity of negative behaviors.
What can Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy Help with?
- Problem behaviors: inappropriate, dangerous or self-injurious behaviors.
- Communication skills
- Social relationship
- Play skills
- Self-care and daily living skills
- Academic learning
- Basic skills, such as looking, listening, imitating, etc.
- Complex skills: reading, conversing, following instructions, etc.
What Services Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Provide?
- Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)
- Experimental Functional Analysis (EFA)
- Social Skill Assessment/Screening
- Pre-Vocational Skill Assessment
- Behavior Intervention Treatment/Program
- Social Skill Training
- Vocational Skill Training
- Discrete Trial Training (DTT)
- Verbal Behavior Training/Language Intervention Program
- Echoic Training
- Mand Training
- Tact Training
- Intraverbal Training
- Competency-Based Training (Behavior Intervention Plan Training for parents and teachers)
What is the First Step?
When you contact us, our Intake Specialist will discuss your needs and concerns with you over the phone. She will then consult with our team of specialists to match you with the most suitable professional to support you and your child.
You will then meet with the specialist(s) for an intake meeting, during which they will work with you to determine the most appropriate next steps for your child. The intake meeting usually involves a parent interview, an observation of your child, or a screening activity with your child.