ABA Therapy

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based treatment for individuals most commonly diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), however, can be an effective treatment option across many different diagnoses.  ABA utilizes behavior analytic principles in an effort to increase socially significant behavior while subsequently decreasing or diminishing maladaptive behavior.  Initial observations and a functional behavior assessment (FBA) will aide in the development of understanding the function(s) of the behavior (meaning what is the student achieving by engaging in the targeted behavior).  Once this is identified, a behavior intervention plan will be created in an effort to not only decrease/diminish the maladaptive behavior, but to increase socially acceptable alternative behaviors for the student to engage in, in order to meet the same functional need.  Alongside the behavior intervention plan, often times students require assistance to develop specific skill sets necessary to appropriately interact with their current environment(s).  Prior to implementing skill acquisition programming, the student will be assessed using specialized assessments, such as the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP), the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS), and the Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS), along with standardized assessments aimed to target strengths and specific skill deficits the student may have.  Once identified, a comprehensive treatment plan is created and administered upon approval.  Staff implementing the plan utilize specific strategies of ABA such as Discrete Trial Training (DTT) as well as Natural Environment Training (NET) to develop the student's strengths and to fill in any "gaps" in learning that may be present.