The BACB states that Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA Therapy, is the “design, implementation, and evaluation of environmental modifications to produce socially significant improvement in human behavior. ABA includes the use of direct observation, measurement, and functional analysis of the relations between environment and behavior. ABA uses changes in environmental events, including antecedent stimuli and consequences, to produce practical and significant changes in behavior. These relevant environmental events are usually identified through a variety of specialized assessment methods. ABA is based on the fact that an individual’s behavior is determined by past and current environmental events in conjunction with organic variables such as their genetic endowment and ongoing physiological variables. ABA focuses on treating behavioral difficulties by changing the individual’s environment rather than focusing on variables that are, at least presently, beyond our direct access” (2013).
**Treatment plans may include, but are not limited to,
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Principles
Discrete Trials Training
Positive Behavior Support
Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
Providing intensive programming to children between infancy and the age of 6 using intensive instructional programming and naturalistic teaching within daily routines to establish, maintain, and increase a child’s active engagement with people and their surroundings. Individual strengths and needs are identified across all developmental areas including social, language/communication, cognition, motor, play skills, and adaptive/life skills. Individual strengths and needs are identified across all developmental areas including social, language, cognition, motor, and play skills. A primary focus of the program is functional communication and language. Services emphasize teaching the child to demonstrate the same developmental level as their neurotypical peers. Early intervention includes 1:1 teaching and training by highly motivated and trained staff to assist children who would benefit from an individualized, structured learning program.
In-service training (via independent contract) tailored to both public and private schools’ needs to include conducting assessments such as Functional Behavior Assessments, and designing and training on how to implement Behavior Intervention Plans, consultations, program and curriculum evaluation, coaching, modeling, training, and crisis intervention. Direct observation and practical recommendations can be made, as well as suggestions for classroom set-up. We provide assistance to teachers and administrative staff to create research-based learning environments. Our team will collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators on all aspects of a child’s education.
Our team can help with IEP/504 advocacy, development, and review including FBA and BIP development. We can also provide your child’s BCBA to assist you at his/her IEP/504 meeting for advocacy and support. It is easier representing children already involved with our services to help bridge the gap between therapies received at home and at school. We can provide the written documentation to support a recommendation to your child’s school to give the IEP team a glance at the successful approaches that can be generalized in your child’s classroom.