What is ABA Therapy?

For families and children with autism,

Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy

offers an opportunity to target specific goals and identify areas where the most improvement can be made.

BOARD CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSTS IDENTIFY & TARGET SOCIALLY MEANINGFUL CHANGES FOR FAMILIES

THEN USE THE FOLLOWING STEPS

GATHER

Gather information to analyze the link between the environment and a behavior

ASSESS

Assess the environment and consequences that maintain a behavior

CHANGE

Change or alter the environment that triggers challenging behavior and arrange situations that will provide opportunity for desirable behaviors to occur

TEACH

Teach or increase occurrence of skills to replace the behavior targeted for change and arrange delivery of consequences for desirable and undesirable behavior

MAINTAIN

Include strategies and approaches to maintain the gains of the intervention over time and in varied settings

MONITOR

Monitor and evaluate effectiveness of each intervention through direct observation and quantification of the behavior targeted for change

The use of scientific methods to produce socially significant improvements in behavior is a process.
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As many of us are parents ourselves, we understand that when your child is struggling, your family is struggling too. We also understand how confusing it can be to know the steps to take when your child has been diagnosed with Autism. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the only evidence-based behavioral therapy option for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The goal of ABA is to help both children and their families understand and improve how behaviors are managed.

ABA therapy is used to facilitate the development of prosocial behaviors and reduce challenging behaviors that interfere with learning and independence.

The National Autism Center’s National Standards Project (2009) reveals that over 75% of the established treatments for autism are developed from behavioral research/literature. The Report of the Maine Administrators of Services of Children with Disabilities (2009) recommends ABA as the only established intervention for children with autism.

Behavior Analysts work with families to determine the best methods available to increase communication and skill acquisition. Behavior Analysts provide valuable information. guidance, and training to families and intervention teams regarding how to teach skills.

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Caregivers and family members are actively involved in the behavior analytic process and are taught how to implement specific techniques or changes in the environment in order to generalize the skills targeted in ABA therapy.
ABA can be used to teach any skill that is observable and quantifiable.

THERE ARE A RANGE OF SKILLS THAT CAN BE TAUGHT USING APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS APPROACHES

  • Flexibility and problem solving abilities
  • Receptive and expressive language skills; communication
  • Independence in self-care routines & toilet training competence
  • Creating and maintaining social relationships
  • Joint attention and social skills
  • Leisure activities and play skills
  • Emotional and behavioral regulation