Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based therapy that focuses on learning and behavior, and improves communication, academics, social skills, motor abilities, play skills, and others.
As part of an ABA program, qualified behavior analysts (BCBAs) learn how each child’s behavior is influenced by their environment, focusing on antecedents (what happens before a behavior occurs) and on consequences (what happens after the behavior). They then use positive reinforcement to increase helpful behaviors and decrease harmful ones, rewarding the child in a way that’s meaningful to them (a beloved object or experience) for using positive behavior and/or mastering a new skill.
Due to the uniqueness of each child and their goals, there are a number of approaches within ABA. In every case, their plan is broken down into small, manageable steps that allow many opportunities for success. BCBAs maintain data on the child’s progress and work with the rest of the team and the family to support their goals.
ABA has been endorsed as an evidence-based best practice treatment by the US Surgeon General and by the American Psychological Association. Over 20 studies have reported that ABA services, when provided for 10-40 hours a week for 1-3 years, can improve intellectual functioning, language development, daily living skills and social functioning for children with autism.
Our team includes some of the top BCBAs in the field. They specialize in diagnosing and implementing educational and behavioral plans. Every plan is tailored to the needs of each student.