Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy is an evidenced approach for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It involves systematic data analysis and intervention strategies to improve specific behaviors. This overview provides an insight into the principles and applications of ABA Therapy in clinical settings.
What is ABA Therapy?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a science dedicated to investigating factors, such as certain conditions of the environment, that influence behavior in the real world.
Through data collection and analysis, practitioners of ABA can identify the purpose or function of behavior to determine appropriate treatment procedures and then systematically evaluate treatment effectiveness.
Principles of ABA, such as positive reinforcement and shaping, are used to teach a myriad of socially significant behaviors and skills.
Who Practices ABA?
Programming starts with assessment and planning by a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Board, INC (bacb.com)
A BCBA holds a graduate degree (including coursework in behavior analysis), has completed supervised practical experience, and has passed the BCBA certification exam.
BCBAs also supervise delivery by both Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBAs) and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs).
Behavior Technicians at The Autism Clinic receive over 40 hours of classroom-based and in-vivo training. Once training has been completed, our technicians demonstrate competencies in the BACB’s RBT Competency Assessment and RBT certification exam in order to obtain the RBT credential.
Therapy and Consultation
The Autism Clinic’s teaching methodologies and individualized programs are based in ABA principles. Interventions based in ABA have a broad empirical evidence base demonstrating meaningful changes across populations, including individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
In clinic ABA therapy services are offered for toddlers through age 22, We also offer on-site consultations and training programs to support children in the school and community. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) develops and oversees each child’s programming and individualized learning objectives.
Clinic services are designed to increase a child’s ability to learn and be successful in natural environments.
- The clinic Preschool ABA Program includes typical routines to increase readiness skills for the school setting, including circle time, structured play with peers, snack time, and small group activities led by a technician.
- The Elementary ABA program meets after school to provide supplemental programming to support a child’s learning, social, and communication needs.
- Each child receives individual support throughout sessions by a Registered Behavior Technician to encourage errorless learning and to collect data to monitor progress.
- Teach skills to replace problem behaviors
- Increase positive behavior and reduce interfering behavior
- Maintain behaviors
- Change responses to your child’s behavior
- Increase your child’s academic, social, and self-help skills
- Improve ability to focus on tasks, comply with tasks, and increase motivation to perform
- Aim to improve cognitive skills
- Help your child be more available for learning
- Generalize or to transfer behavior from one situation or response to another