WHAT IS ABA?
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is a scientific approach to understanding behavior, how the environment affects behavior, and how individual learning occurs. ABA is an evidence-based practice that is scientifically proven to improve social behavior.
This approach, used by BCBA’s, includes assessments, data collection procedures and analysis which provide the clinician the necessary information to determine the function of the behavior and then develop an appropriate treatment plan for your child.
Evidence based research is used as the platform for the development of goals and individualized treatment plans for your child, to teach communication skills, life skills, and shaping socially appropriate behaviors while minimizing interfering behaviors.
We focus on skills that will impact the individual in a positive way and support independence. Our sessions are filled with tasks and activities that are fun, motivating and engaging. All the while, the ABA therapist is using positive reinforcement for desired behaviors while working to decrease interfering behaviors.
Communication skills are important for individuals to access their wants and needs, socialize with peers and adults, and participate in activities, groups, clubs, and sports. People with communication skills deficits are more likely to exhibit interfering behaviors in an effort to access what they need. When given the tools to communicate effectively interfering behaviors diminish. Using a total communication system ( verbal behavior, ASL, visuals, etc.) we teach people to access their wants and needs effectively and in a socially appropriate way.
Learning to play, sharing, turn taking, responding to others, initiate conversation, make eye contact, use appropriate voice volume, assist others, accept help from others, recognize and respond appropriately to facial expressions of others are just some of the social skills we teach during our ABA sessions.