Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy
ABA is an evidence-based intervention that focuses on teaching communication, social skills, and self-care as well as addressing challenging behavior in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ABA services are part of a comprehensive early intervention program. Research shows that early diagnosis of ASD and intensive early intervention can have major long-term positive effects on child development. In this period, a young child’s brain is still forming, meaning it is more “plastic” or changeable than at older ages. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) works with children and families to develop individualized treatment plans to address skill deficits, communication needs, and challenging behavior. Caregiver training is an integral part of ABA service, in which parents and other individuals are involved in therapy. ABA is delivered using the principles of Functional Communication Training, Functional Behavior Assessment, and Natural Environment Teaching. ABA services will be offer in the home, clinic, and community setting.