Autism & ABA

  • What is ABA Therapy?

    ABA Therapy or Applied Behavior Analysis is a type of therapy designed to help improve specific behaviors in children and adults diagnosed with developmental disorders, one of those being the Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Behavior analysis examines what the cause of behavioral changes could be; it involves scientific study, takes into account biological factors, the role of the environment and behavior changes. ABA Therapy then applies techniques based on the principles of learning to help change or redirect behaviors of social significance, such as hygiene, domestic capabilities, interpersonal relationship skills, cleanliness, greater menu integration for children who are limited in their food choices and communication for children who are non-verbal through reinforcement of positive behaviors. ABA has been highly effective at significantly improving these behaviors while helping reduce problematic behaviors and decreasing the need for special services.

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    At Advanced Autism Services, our behavior therapists and analysts work with children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder one-on-one to help them address any challenges they may have and better develop their social independence. A behavior therapist works under the supervision of a board-certified behavior analyst or BCBA. The BCBA works to pinpoint any learning or emotional challenges the child may be experiencing as well as the causes of the challenges or changed behaviors that may be present in their natural environment. Once these observations are made, a care or behavior plan is formulated and put into action. The family and at-home caregivers are included in this process and provided training.
  • The Behavior Plan

    The dedicated BCBA formulates a care plan and charges the ABA Therapist with enacting that plan. They use research-supported techniques such as employing task-based schedules, positive reinforcement, showing a child how to respond to social prompts from others and how to modify or adjust in environmental situations. Our ABA therapists apply these evidence-based methods and practices in the privacy and comfort of the child’s own home, typically with the family or caregivers present, so they, too, can participate in the child’s growth and learning process. This approach helps the therapist and assigned analyst to take note of any factors in the natural environment that could be acting as triggers for the problematic behaviors as well as set the right environment for the child to develop comfortably and in their natural setting.
  • What you can Expect

    We will need to perform diagnostic interviews with the child’s family or caregivers at home to understand what is needed in the individual’s care plan. The child’s medical history, developmental and family history, their environmental circumstances and behavior will be reviewed before proceeding. Our ABA Therapy services options can be frequent and intensive, amounting to 25 hours a week or more, spanning 1-3 years, or it can be less intensive with fewer hours; we work with clients and their families to create an ABA Therapy plan that fits their lifestyle and that can meet their individual goals. The amount of time required for ABA Therapy depends on the severity of the issues and the individual’s rate of learning, growth and improvement and is based on the clinical recommendation of our board-certified practitioners.
  • Challenging Behaviors that ABA Therapy Can Help Improve

    Advanced Autism Services have helped children of all ages who have been diagnosed with the Autism Spectrum Disorder overcome behavior challenges such as:
    • Communication challenges such as refusing to speak or fragmented speech
    • Social challenges such as running away
    • Aggression challenges such as throwing objects, kicking, biting or hurting others
    • Self-regulation issues
    • Other problematic behaviors that impede everyday living, learning and healthy social interactions
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