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what is aba

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a systematic method of teaching based on the science of behavior. ABA therapy provides each child with on-going, individualized treatment plans to promote skills that increase independence in all areas of development. Skills are broken down in to small parts and are taught using a variety of research-based approaches. Treatment plans and goals are based on an initial assessment and family consultation.

ABA is widely recognized as the most effective, evidence-based treatment for autism and is endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General and American Academy of Pediatrics as the treatment of choice for autism. Research indicates 47% of children who receive intensive early intervention will be indistinguishable from their peers by elementary school.

ABA may look like fun and play, but children with autism strengthen communication skills, social skills, motor skills, and life skills with a 1:1 play-based approach as well as direct teaching procedures.

Autism and ABA

Special learners require special ways of teaching. Typical children learn without special intervention – the world around them provides the right conditions to learn language, play and social skills. Children with autism learn less easily from their environment. One focus of ABA is creating optimal teaching opportunities and conditions that will engage each child with their environment.

How ABA Helps Individuals With Autism

Increases behaviors (attending, eye contact, communication)

Teaches new skills (communication, social, and functional behaviors)

Generalizes behaviors from one situation or environment to another

Changes the environment to prevent challenging behaviors

Reduces maladaptive behaviors including self-injury and aggression

Maintains pro-social behaviors such as self-control and self-monitoring

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