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.
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!
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.
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.
We Specialize in Early Intervention
Since every child is different, we develop an individualized program tailored to meet his or her specific needs. We use the principles of verbal behavior and use tools such as the VB-MAPP to assess skill strengths and deficits and guide program development. Data is taken before and throughout therapy. Therapy practices are frequently revised to ensure continued progress. Skills are taught systematically to ensure effective translation in the child’s natural environment.
We do so much more.
Sign Language, Pecs Books, Assitive Technologies, Speech Therapy.We target communcations to decrease problem behaviors.
We track behavior data to decrease problem behaviors and implement transitions building excersises into programs.
From Social Skills Play Groups to simple eye contact excersises, we help to facilitate and cultivate postive peer interaction.
We include the whole family in our ABA programs. To ensure fluidity in programs, we conduct parent and sibling trainings.
Appropriate Play/ Leisure Skills
Our ABA programs can promote and target apprpriate play skills while diminishing problem behaviors.
Feeding Therapy/ Eating Skills
Sensory issues can cause eating habits to be rigid. We work to decrease food aversions.
Functional Living/ Life Skills
We incorporate Natural Environment Training into programs in addition to creating task schedules for everyday life skills.
Transitions to School
While program goals are as diverse as our kiddos, we target transitioning our kids into schools whenever possible.
Natural Environment Training
If everyday outings and trips can be difficult, we implement NET outings to accustom kiddos to such routine shake-ups.
We use data tracking and daily schedules to make potty training a success for your kiddo.
Fine Motor and Gross Skills
Our ABA therapists work with Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists to decrease delays.
While emphasizing ability, we include academic goals into our kiddo's programs.
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.