Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a term to describe the application of scientifically proven interventions with individuals in order to modify behavior.
A functional behavior assessment will be completed, which will identify the reason your child is engaging in unwanted behaviors, possible triggers, and areas where there may be skill deficits than can be contributing to the problem.
An individualized behavior intervention plan will be developed based on the findings of the assessment. The behavior intervention plan will outline how to respond to the problem behaviors, make modifications to the environment, teach functional replacement skills, and set up a reward system.
Behavior analysis is not a quick fix. It requires time, consistency, ongoing program adjustments, and communication between all caregivers.
How can I get services for my child?
When services start, a behavior analyst and behavior technician will work with your child to increase skill deficits in the areas of communication, adaptive, social, and behavioral skills. The behavior analyst will conduct parent training on ABA principles to help parents understand the reason behind the interventions, and to give you the tools you need to increase the success of consistency outside of sessions. Parents are expected to be involved during sessions in the home and community. Sessions may also take place in a daycare or school setting. Therapy sessions usually occur several times per week. Both the family and our team will collect data on problem behaviors, as well as replacement behaviors, to monitor progress. The data will be graphed and reviewed with the family monthly.