What We Do
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a method of therapy used to improve or change specific behaviors. In simple terms, ABA changes the environment in order to change one person’s behavior. It is not only used to reduce inappropriate behavior. While we often think of the word “behavior” as meaning “bad” or “inappropriate” behavior, that is not always the case. In reference to ABA therapy, behavior is what we do and how we act. ABA therapy is used to improve behaviors like social skills, reading, academics, and communication as well as learned skills, such as hair brushing, improving hygiene, fine motor dexterity, job proficiency and even simple things like a child keeping his room clean.
ABA provides methodologies, based on positive reinforcement, to teach skills across a student’s day both at school and at home. ABA uses positive reinforcement to replace one type of behavior with a more appropriate behavior. ABA uses many different methods to teach children including task analysis, discrete trials, incidental learning, and other proven curricula that best suit the individual student’s learning style.
Data are taken throughout the day to ensure effective programming and ineffective interventions are revised quickly to ensure continued progress. Skills are taught systematically across therapists and settings to ensure the child is able to engage in and maintain a skill with multiple people and in natural environments.
Evidence-based psychosocial interventions, such as behavioral treatment and parent skills training programs, can reduce difficulties in communication and social behavior. Additionally, they have a positive impact on wellbeing and quality of life for persons with autism and their caregivers.