ABA Therapy

WHAT IS ABA THERAPY?

ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy is an evidence-based therapy that focuses on improving, a wide variety of specific behaviors, such as communication, social skills, self-care, daily living skills (ADLS),and visual-motor integration. ABA therapy is an evidence-based approach for treatment of individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities. Positive reinforcement is one of the main strategies used in ABA. The client is rewarded when a desired behavior is demonstrated. With rewards, the client is more likely to repeat that behavior. Over time, this encourages positive behavior change.

How does ABA therapy work?

  • Provided in many different locations – at home, at school, daycare, clinic and in the community
  • Teaches skills that are useful in everyday life
  • Can involve one-to-one teaching or group instruction
  • Parent/caregiver training for better carryover

The overall goal is to improve the client’s ability to:

  • Increase socially accepted behaviors
  • Improve language and communication skills
  • Improve attention, focus, memory, and academic skills
  • Improve self-care (such as toileting, dressing and showers)
  • Improve Play & leisure
  • Improve motor skills
  • Decrease problem behaviors such as self-injury, aggression, tantrums, and/or property destruction.