What Is ABA Therapy?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific, evidence-based therapy that has been considered by many experts to be the gold-standard in treatment for children with autism.

Behavior Analysts systematically assess an individual’s behavior, develop objective goals and a reliable measurement system to monitor progress. 

In clinical practice, ABA is used to teach new skills, improve performance in already acquired skills and mitigate problematic behaviors in an ethical, play-based model of care.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in 54 kids are estimated to be identified with autism spectrum disorder and this condition can be 4 times more prevalent among boys, than in girls. 

As per reports from parents who were a part of a study between 2009-2017, about 1 in 6 children between the ages of 3-17 years were diagnosed with a developmental disability, including autism.

Applied Behavior Analysis is a well-researched and scientifically proven treatment option for kids on the autism spectrum. 

Highly effective, socially appropriate behaviors that are taught through ABA include:

  • Communication skills
  • Social skills
  • Self-care
  • Independence in daily routines
  • School-prep skills
  • And more 

How Does ABA Therapy Work?

The discipline is based on understanding the science of behavior, and how it is impacted by an individual’s environment. 

BA examines the interactions between people and their environment to determine the effects it has on a person’s behavior (the “why” a behavior occurs). 

The goal of ABA treatment is to decrease problematic behaviors by replacing them with more socially appropriate behaviors to facilitate optimal learning potential. 

Is ABA Right for My Child?

To find out if ABA is the right fit for a child, comprehensive and in-depth assessments are typically conducted by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), who monitors the interactions and skills of a child with autism with his or her surroundings. 

Based on assessment results and interactions with the child’s caregivers, a customized treatment plan is built to address the specific needs of the child. Since each child is different, an individualized plan is built to align with the child’s abilities. 

What Happens During an ABA Session?

During therapy, a child has 1:1 interaction with a dedicated therapist who follows the outlined plan and focuses on encouraging targeted behaviors. 

The treatment also includes strategies for parents to employ at home to facilitate generalization of acquired skills in the home and community. Over the course of the treatment, the BCBA will continue to evaluate and alter the treatment plan, if needed, based on the child’s progress. 

BCBA’s  and therapists continue to work with the child and parents, adjusting therapy goals based upon the child’s ongoing progress and goal mastery.

Key Features of Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Scientific and evidence-based
  • Teaching of new skills
  • Decrease unwanted behaviors
  • Individualized treatment plans
  • Social behavior improvements

Over the years, ABA has proven to favorably impact the lives of kids and their families. If you are curious to know more about ABA therapy or would like to get your child started on his or her ABA journey, call our trained intake advocates who can guide you through the process. Call 855-782-7822 or submit a quick form today.

“You and your crew did an amazing job! My wife and I are really, really happy with the results that we have seen in him. Thanks so much, God bless you and the Behavioral Innovations team.”

Michele S., Parent

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