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What is ABA

What is ABA Therapy?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific, evidence-based discipline that strives to understand and improve socially significant behaviors. ABA examines the interactions between people & their environment to determine the effects the environment has on a person’s behavior (the “why” a behavior occurs). 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 & decrease unwanted and challenging behaviors.

Why Choose ABA Therapy

1. ABA is the most widely recognized therapy for autism.
ABA is endorsed by many upstanding organizations including the US Surgeon General, Autism Speaks, The American Academy of Neurology, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychological Association, The Autism Society of America, the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development and the National Institute of Mental Health.
2. ABA is regulated to ensure quality of care.
Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA’s) are governed by The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)®. The BACB maintains ethical guidelines and best practices to which BCBA’s are held accountable. Therefore, all treatment programs developed and client programming must align with the BACB code of conduct.
3. ABA is an evidence-based practice.
Practitioners are expected to maintain best practices by developing programs that are based on the most recent evidence based research.
4. ABA treatments are individualized for your child.
All aspects of treatment are individualized and based on the child’s learning style. Behavior Analysts create comprehensive individualized programming that addresses a multitude of variables including but not limited to:
  • Therapist to client ratios
  • Specific # of treatment hours
  • Recommendations on teaching strategies
  • Goals & objectives tailored to the child’s strengths & weaknesses
  • The child’s family, friends & other professionals are treated as an integral part of their treatment plan.
5. ABA focuses on your child's strengths to teach.
ABA Programs are designed to use the child’s strengths to build upon a child’s weaknesses to teach new skills. The approach allows the practitioner to teach difficult skills while maintaining a happy and productive learning environment.
6. ABA can expedite learning with intensive care.
ABA is set apart from other interventions since the prescribed number of hours is typically more intense. Intensive ABA therapy is designed to capture as many learning opportunities as possible to expedite learning.
7. ABA treatments can be performed at home.
As a parent, you are treated as an integral part of the treatment team.
8. ABA is being recognized for its success which is making funding easier.
Since ABA is recognized as a successful treatment option for families, school districts, government agencies and insurances are now provide numerous funding options for families.
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