- What is ABA?
- Who can benefit from ABA?
- What ABA services are offered?
- Components of an ABA-based Program
What is ABA? ↑
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) encompasses strategies to support learning and application of skills across all areas of development in multiple settings. ABA can include the evaluation of a child within a variety of environments to design and implement programs and procedures to produce socially significant improvements in skill development and behavior. ABA can be used to help children build their communication, social skills, play and leisure skills, toileting, eating, attention, cooperation, and academic skills. ABA is a science that has been empirically validated. It is based on a solid research foundation demonstrating its effectiveness for students with autism, PDD, ADHD, learning challenges, and behavioral difficulties.
Who can benefit from ABA? ↑
One of the great things about ABA is that it works with anybody. The procedures used in ABA therapy are derived from the principles of behavior and therefore affect every person, with or without disabilities, across a range of learning needs. Currently, ABA is one of the leading treatments available for individuals along the autism spectrum. Based on the individual receiving behavior therapy, there are numerous techniques that can be utilized to optimize a person’s overall acquisition of skills. These techniques include discrete trial teaching, incidental teaching, individualized instruction, shaping, fading, errorless teaching, task analyses, and fluency training.
What ABA services are offered at Kids OT to Play? ↑
- General behavior recommendations to therapists at Kids OT to Play so each child can access therapies at the maximum level.
- Co-treatments with therapists to include child-specific behavioral recommendations.
- Individual consults to parents at the center, home, or community.
- Group behavior consultations and workshops for parents.
- Functional Behavior Assessments and development of Behavior Support Plans.
We offer ABA therapy in one-to-one, one-to-two, and small group settings:
- Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT)
- Natural Environment Teaching (NET)
- Skill acquisition and fluency training in social interaction, communication, activities of daily living (feeding, toileting, dressing, increasing independence, safety awareness), and academics.
- Social skills groups
- Assessment of skills across curriculum
Components of an ABA-based Program ↑
- ABA strategies can be a component of all aspects of a child’s program or day
- Individualized per child’s needs and level of development
- Learning of new skills provided in a one-to-one or small group environment
- Includes all aspects of curriculum including: communication, attention, social, play, gross motor, fine motor, self-help, cognitive and academic skills, and behavior
- Emphasis on application and generalization of skills
- Data-driven treatment
- Access to peer models
- Parent training
- Includes any or all of the following:
- Skill Assessment
- Discrete Trial Teaching
- Embedded Discrete Trials
- Task analyses
- Errorless learning
- Fluency training
- Incidental learning
- Natural Environment Teaching
- Maintenance and generalization trials
- Prompt and prompt-fading procedures
- Functional behavior assessment
- Behavior intervention plans
- Antecedent management strategies
- Reinforcement procedures
- Verbal behavior strategies
- Activity schedules