ABA Therapy

What is ABA Therapy?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA Therapy) is a scientifically derived, one-on-one therapy used to explain how learning takes place. When a behavior is followed by some type of reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. ABA utilizes research based techniques to increase useful and positive behaviors and reduce those that may cause harm or interfere with learning. ABA therapy is the most effective evidence-based treatment for Autism and is recommended by physicians, the American Psychological Association, and the US Surgeon General.

Intensive Therapy

We work on communication, social skills, appropriate play, academic skills, self-help skills, and more. When teaching communication skills we utilize the verbal behavior approach, created by B.F. Skinner, which analyzes language according to it’s function rather then it’s form. We also work on decreasing inappropriate behavior and teaching appropriate replacement behaviors. Therapy is conducted by motivating the child so that learning is fun!

Initial Assesment

A BCBA will observe and interact with your child as well as gather information from caregivers. The consultant will provide recommendations as to treatment including, but not limited to, hour of services per week, skills to target, best environment for services to take place in (i.e. school versus clinic), and more. The information gathered in the initial assessment will be written into a report.

Communication

The Verbal Behavior Milestone Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP), by Mark Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA, is a comprehensive assessment designed for individuals with language delays. This assessment provides an overview of each child’s strengths and deficits and serves as a tool for program development.

Intensive & Personalized Programs for children with Autism

We recognize the uniqueness and ability that exists within every child. We also realize that we have a limited window of opportunity to help each child make the maximum possible progress.
We work with children with autism spectrum disorders between the ages of 1 and 13 and specialize in providing early intervention, personalized and intensive ABA programs. Our Early Intervention programs are designed for children under the age of 4 and our intensive programs focus on preparing children for the classroom.

Some children who participate in early and intensive ABA for 2 or more years acquire sufficient skills to participate in regular classrooms with little or no additional support by kindergarten or first grade.