Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) uses an understanding of why
behavior occurs to address a wide range of social issues,
including helping individuals to learn. Like other applied
sciences, ABA can be applied to a range of populations and
settings (e.g., business and industry, education, gerontology,
healthcare) and to a range of social concerns (e.g., anxieties,
depression, phobia, addiction, behaviors associated with autism).
What distinguishes ABA from other disciplines?
Applied Behavior Analysis focuses on behavior (not theoretical
constructs). It uses laws of behavior that have been
experimentally demonstrated, and it uses clearly defined
procedures to specify how to change behavior. The primary focus
of ABA is on behavior that is important to individuals, in terms
of enabling them to lead more fulfilling lives.
ABA employs teaching where the objectives of intervention are to
teach your child those skills that will facilitate his
development and help him achieve the greatest degree of
independence and the highest quality of life possible.
Although many different techniques comprise ABA the primary
instructional method is called Discrete Trial Teaching
(DTT). DTT involves breaking a skill into smaller parts,
teaching one sub-skill at a time until mastery, allowing repeated
practice in a concentrated period of time, providing prompting
and fading as necessary and using reinforcement procedures.
Is all ABA the same?
This is a complicated issue because not all ABA is alike. There
is tremendous variation from those approaches that are extremely
rigid and have set rules, regardless of the child, those
approaches that are lackadaisical and without any structure.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) can take a variety of different
forms dependent on the group that is providing this
service. In addition to the skill level of the provider,
there are technical and stylistic differences in implementation.
Approaches range from those that are dogmatic and rigid, to
unstructured. Autism Partnership’s over thirty-five years of
clinical and research experience shows the best option is a
careful balance of flexibility while still retaining the essence
of a systematic, empirical approach to teaching. It is also
important to incorporate ABA techniques that are individually
tailored for each child.
Early behavioral practitioners were often perceived to be too
rigid and punitive. And sadly, even today, there are behaviorists
who continue to use highly artificial and unnatural teaching
strategies. This has led to a wave of clinicians who
distanced themselves from traditional methods. They’ve even
created new terminology to make the therapy more appealing to
parents and teachers.
Why is Autism Partnership different?
What makes Autism Partnership different from other agencies is
that we focus on building strong learning foundations. If
children have disruptive and interfering behaviors it is
extremely difficult for them to learn. Therefore we must
concentrate our efforts on teaching them essential skills so that
we can truly build upon their abilities to learn. Teaching
children “how to learn” is essential. Tragically, building
a strong foundation is often neglected.
However, without a strong behavioral foundation it is extremely
difficult to teach critical skills such as communication, social
and play skills. Of course, it takes hard work on everyone’s
part. Skilled professionals conducting effective intervention,
schools providing appropriate education and well-trained
teachers, and parents providing love and support to become
experts in their own right, are all important players in the
partnership. Our intervention approach applies sound teaching
principles of learning to help children succeed. Improvement is
simply not enough. Our children, their brothers, sisters and
parents deserve the highest quality of life.
Autism Partnership’s ABA process
Develop strong and natural reinforcers so that learning can
easily transfer to the real world. When children are
motivated by activities, social interaction, and the desire to
learn, one does not have to rely upon artificial reinforcers.
Helping children so that they learn not only in 1:1
situations but in small and large groups
Helping children learn in natural settings, full of the types
distractions that occur in schools and in the community.
With a strong foundation of learning how to learn, it simply is
not necessary to use the typical accommodations for removing
distractions and utilizing artificial cues
Focusing on the whole child: not only is communication and
academics important but teaching children the skills so that they
can develop meaningful and long lasting relationships. This
includes developing relationship and play skills.
Teaching children the skills so that they can become truly
independent. Learning how to monitor their own behaviors is
essential for maximizing quality of life
Recognizing the need to provide counseling services for
children, siblings and parents
Providing therapy in natural forms so that children develop
Working with toddlers, adolescents and adults of all
Training parents, teachers, and family members the necessary
skills so that they can facilitate success
To explore possible enrollment in any of our ABA programs,
complete the Request for Services form and submit it to our
office. This allows our clinical staff to quickly gather
information about your child or teen so we can efficiently answer
your questions and give you a recommendation on which services
should be provided to meet your child’s individualized needs.
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