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ABA Therapy

What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

ABA is a data-driven, effective therapy for children, teens and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental delays. It uses principles of applied behavior analysis, such as positive reinforcement, to increase social significant behaviors and decrease maladaptive behaviors such as tantrums, aggression, self-harm and stereotypy.

Kids in Daycare

Common Areas Addressed
In ABA Therapy:

  • Increasing communication and language development: expressive and receptive language, use of AAC devices, following directions

  • Social skills: conversations, play, engagement with peers and adults

  • Self care: toilet training, waiting, sitting, tolerating ‘no’

  • Safety skills: responding to name, staying with caregiver, transitioning, responding to instructions such as ‘stop’

  • Play/leisure: independent play skills, appropriate play, parallel play

  • Learning skills: focus, memory, attention, attending

  • Motor skills: imitation

  • Decreasing problem behaviors such as aggression, elopement, self-harm, stereotypy, screaming, flopping and whining

Common Diagnoses Treated in Applied Behavior Analysis

  • ABA can help with a variety of diagnoses; however, insurance currently only covers an Autism diagnosis given by a psychologist, psychiatrist, or developmental pediatrician.

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