Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy
For a child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ABA therapy can be crucial in improving how they respond to everyday situations. ABA is the primary treatment for children, as well as their family and caregivers, to develop the tools and life skills they need to achieve their goals.
While ABA Therapy is used to help children, it is a family-oriented therapy that will allow children with ASD to become more independent and reach the important milestones in their lives.
Normal everyday situations can trigger a negative emotional response which may result in developing challenging behaviors that are difficult for them or caregivers to control.
ABA Therapy teaches children to learn coping strategies and replacement behaviors to handle the situations in a positive, more productive manner using positive reinforcement.
There are several important components of an ABA program:
Identify the behaviors of concern and the skill sets your child has learned already
Set goals and outcomes
Develop a treatment plan to help your child learn new skills and reduce problematic behaviors
Progress monitoring of goals and behavior reduction plans to ensure the effectiveness of the treatment plan
Set up fading or transitioning goals if/when your child displays age appropriate behaviors and skillsets
ABA Therapy is well known for being one of the premier strategies for children with autism.
Globally, it has seen the most success over nearly 50 years of research.
The goal of ABA Therapy is to provide a structured, evidence-based approach to help children with autism improve in the following areas:
Activities of Daily Living
Reducing Undesirable Behaviors