What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific approach of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning to understand and improve socially significant behavior. ABA is simply the application of behavioral principles, to everyday situations, that will increase or decrease targeted behaviors. ABA programs can vary from 20-40 hours per week, depending on the needs of the individual child.
ABA techniques have been proven to be a highly effective treatment method for teaching behaviors to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ABA focuses on the following:
- Increasing desired behaviors
- Teaching new skills such as communication, life and/or social skills
- Creating self-monitoring procedures such as self-control
- Instruction on how to generalize or transfer positive behavior
- Narrowing conditions under which interfering behavior occurs
- Reducing undesirable behaviors such as self-injury and tantrums
Recent studies show that when receiving 40 hours of ABA services per week for at least 2 years, the vast majority of children show significant improvement while nearly half achieve typical development.
Who can benefit from ABA?
Children experiencing the following could greatly benefit from an ABA program at Cole Academy:
- Difficulty staying on task and/or following directions
- Delayed or inappropriate communication skills
- Challenges with Social Skills
- Motor or verbal stereotypy (repetitive movements / sounds)
- Issues with toileting and/or self-care
- Maladaptive behavior such as self-injury
- Physical and/or verbal aggression
- Identifying or responding to non-verbal communication
- How and when to show emotions
- Sensory issues with light, sound, textures, touch, smell, or temperature
If your child is experiencing any of these or alternate autistic behaviors, please contact us today. We can help.
Who provides ABA services?
Cole Academy has a team of BCBAs and Behavior Specialists that will work with your child throughout their program. Individual treatment plans will be developed by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and supported by the staff of Behavior Specialists.
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