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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and early intervention

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When young children are newly diagnosed with autism, this can be an overwhelming and confusing time for a family. Often parents are left at a loss with the flood of information and recommendations to help their child acquire skills similar to those of other children their age. We are happy to help a family gain more clarity on what therapy interventions can benefit their child.

ABA is based on scientific principles to improve socially useful behaviors and reduce problematic ones. Extensive research has shown that one treatment approach- early, intensive instruction using the methods of Applied Behavior Analysis can result in significant improvements for children with autism, particularly for children beginning treatment prior to age 6.

Teaching targets and techniques

An intensive ABA approach has proven that moderate to large improvements are likely outcomes for most all children in areas related to peer interactions, language acquisition, self-care, play skills and pre-academic skills.

We employ teaching strategies which integrate highly structured teaching opportunities, such as DTT (Discrete Trial Training), PRT (Pivotal Response Training) and more naturally embedded teaching strategies, inclusive of NET (Natural Environment Training) and FCT (Functional Communication Training). Our experienced pediatric Speech Therapist works with our team to create opportunities for increased language acquisition.

The center-based model

This service model allows for each child to receive 1:1 instruction with a trained Certified Behavior Technician under the direct supervision of a Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in an environment designed specifically for teaching young children. This model can support and monitor effective interactions with peers, the acquisition of critical play skills and the ability to follow functional learning routines in a small group.

The Behavior Analyst is responsible for conducting the assessment, developing the treatment plan and monitoring the ongoing programming for each child based on their unique needs.

Assessments used

  • Assessment of Basic learning and Language Skills (ABLLS-R)
  • Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Protocol (VB-MAPP)
  • Social Skills Rating Scale (SSRS)
  • Social Skills Inventory
  • Functional Behavior Assessment Inventory (FBAI)
  • Motivation Assessment Scale (MAS)
  • Functional Assessment Screening Tool (FAST)
  • The BCBA will also provide weekly training opportunities for parents, share your child’s progress and collaborate with parents to establish realistic home goals

Who is eligible?

Our program accepts any child ages 2-6 with a clinical diagnosis of autism.

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