Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a science that studies human behavior. ABA is objective, measurable and observable meaning it focuses on what’s happening on the outside rather than the inside (aka Psychology). Over the years, ABA has been found to help treat autism spectrum disorder. ABA does this by identifying an individual’s deficits, breaking down those deficits into goals, then breaking down the goal to where an individual can understand how to do it. For example if an individual struggles with having a conversation, ABA will break the conversation into parts (e.g. greeting, asking questions, answering questions and commenting), then teach each part to the individual through various models (e.g. drawings, acting it out, watching videos). ABA is data-driven, meaning each goal has data collected on it to ensure the individual is learning. If not, BCBAs go back to the drawing board to find a better way to teach a goal. ABA focuses on using motivation and reinforcement (things a person likes and is willing to work for) to ensure therapy is fun, engaging and effective. ABA is also used to treat challenging behavior like talking back, refusing to do chores or screaming if they don't get their way. ABA uses a systematic approach to find out when and why a challenging behavior happens. Then creates a plan on how to prevent a challenging behavior from happening and how to react when a challenging behavior occurs.
At DevelopMeant we will focus on the unique needs of your child and family. Having fun while learning is our priority! Parent training is part of our program and it will help guardians understand how to help their child. Qualified BCBAs will tailor parent training to your family daily needs and routines. We are excited to help you so, give us a call today!
We can start sessions at 12 months of age. DevelopMeant uses the concepts of ABA with young children such as pivotal response and naturalistic teaching. Your child will learn basic developmental skills helping them achieve age appropriate goals.
Study Finds Early Intervention Highly Effective "This is the first controlled study of an intensive early intervention that is appropriate for children with autism who are less than 2½ years of age. Given that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all 18- and 24-month-old children be screened for autism, it is crucial that we can offer parents effective therapies for children in this age range," said Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D., chief science officer of Autism Speaks and the study's lead author. "By starting as soon as the toddler is diagnosed, we hope to maximize the positive impact of the intervention." SEATTLE, WASH. (November 29, 2009)