Project Description

The Basics

Applied Behavior Analysis is a very effective way to help children of all ages who are experiencing a wide variety of problem behaviors. Its established and field-tested methods allow for a clear understanding of why behaviors occur and what the environmental triggers and reinforcements are that support those behaviors.

What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Applied Behavior Analysis is the scientific study of behavior to understand how biological, environmental and other factors influence and change behavior over time.

As Applied Behavior analysts and therapists, we seek to understand behavior and the impact of the physical or social environment on behavior.

Applied Behavior Analysis is often referred to simply as “ABA.” You may have heard people referring to Applied Behavior Analysis as “applied behavioral analysis,” though the former term is correct.

It’s Proven

The U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health (1999) states that ABA is the only documented treatment intervention to be shown through research to increase communication, learning, and appropriate social behavior for individuals with autism. Behavior Analysts use research-based procedures and data analysis to change behaviors and teach new skills.

As you can see, ABA isn’t a new and untested form of therapy — it is an ongoing clinical practice backed by 50 years of scientific research that has proven effective in teaching individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities of all ages and all levels, as well as correcting problem behaviors.

What is Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy?

Applied Behavior Therapy is the practical therapy conducted by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Before therapy begins, the analyst will conduct skills assessments in order to understand the learning or emotional challenges and environment triggers impacting the behavior.

Based on their observations during the skills assessments, a behavior analyst will create a behavior plan. A behavior plan contains thoughtfully chosen methods and techniques for teaching new skills that seek to reduce problematic behaviors and strengthen desired behaviors. Our analysts use a variety of current, research-supported approaches to build verbal and adaptive skills.

Behavior analysts train caregivers on how to respond to everyday learning, emotional and behavior challenges, and how to reinforce skills developed during therapy sessions.

ABA & Problem Behavior in Children

Applied behavior analysis can be a very effective way to help children of all ages experiencing a wide variety of problem behaviors. Its established and field-tested methods allow for assessments that develop a clear understanding of why behaviors occur and what the environment triggers and reinforcements are that support those behaviors.

Using the science and study of behavior and behavior change, a behavior analyst creates a plan for therapy that addresses problem behaviors. Therapy that is relevant to the environment and designed with the individual in mind leads to meaningful and measurable improvement in the lives of both the child and his/her family.

ABA principles can positively impact any behavior by providing everyday support for small hurdles and intensive therapy for frequent, chronic problem behaviors. ABA can reduce problem behaviors such as, but not limited to:

  • Self-regulation issues
  • Communication issues
  • Running away
  • Hurting others by throwing objects, biting, or kicking
  • Other severe behavior that disrupts everyday activity

The duration and intensity of therapy required depends on individual factors. Data accumulated during assessments and the goals you and your behavior analyst set help inform the structure and duration of the behavior plans.

Make An Appointment

Appointments are available 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday, and are generally required to be at least 48 hours in advance.

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Diagnostic Interviews

We will conduct interviews with parents and/or caregivers to gain a full understanding of the individual engaging in therapy, and his/her overall experience. Please be prepared to discuss the following during the interviews:

  • Medical History

  • Developmental History

  • Family History

  • Environment & Behavior

  • Individual Concerns