What is ABA?

 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA Therapy) is a scientifically derived, one-on-one therapy used to explain how learning takes place. When a behavior is followed by some type of reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. ABA utilizes research based techniques to increase useful and positive behaviors and reduce those that may cause harm or interfere with learning. ABA therapy is the most effective evidence-based treatment for Autism and is recommended by physicians, the American Psychological Association, and the US Surgeon General.  The goal of ABA treatment is to find what motivates and interests each child so that these enjoyable items and activities can be used to encourage children to learn new skills and to ultimately become more independent!  In general, ABA involves rewarding children for appropriate behavior and not rewarding their problem behaviors. Parents, teachers, classroom aides, therapists, and others can learn how to use these practical ABA methods to help change their child’s life for the better. 

Who does ABA benefit?

We serve those children that are diagnosed with or present with characteristics of the following:

  • Autism/PDD
  • Receptive/Expressive Language Delay
  • ADHD
  • Learning Disabilities/Learning Difficulties
  • Problematic Behaviors

Do you know the signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder/Pervasive Developmental Disorder?

Parents may want to contact their pediatrician for a screening if their child shows some of the behaviors listed below:

Problems with Social Interaction:

  • Poor eye contact
  • Not responding to his/her name
  • Not pointing out items of interest
  • Prefers to be alone than around other people or children

Problems with Communication:

  • Limited or no language
  • Difficulty starting or having a conversation
  • Not playing make-believe with toys

Repetitive or Obsessive Behaviors:

  • Repetitive play (e.g., spinning toy car wheels, lining up toys, etc.)
  • Unusual obsessions (e.g., only wanting to wear truck shirts, only wanting to use the color green, etc.)
  • Repetitive speech/sounds or body movements (e.g., hand flapping, jumping in place, etc.)
  • Resistance to change in routine