Applied Behavioral Analysis
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based intervention used primarily with children and adults who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, but may also serve individuals with developmental delays who have various other diagnoses. ABA is provided by a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or a Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) who works with the BCBA. These professionals begin by observing and taking data to identify the events that lead up to and follow a problematic behavior. By pinpointing these details, ABA providers can begin to build an individualized plan to assist clients in changing difficult behaviors.
How does ABA work with Autism?
Autism is considered a spectrum because the behaviors and presentation can be so different. However, generally speaking, individuals with Autism struggle to understand social context and the impact of their behaviors on social situations. Typically, these individuals also struggle with communicating needs effectively. Difficulties in verbal communication and understanding non-verbal cues can often lead to meltdowns, physical aggression, inappropriate social interactions, and social withdrawal. ABA utilizes understanding of the events that lead up to and follow these problematic behaviors to teach and reinforce appropriate social interactions and communication.
How often is ABA provided?
ABA is considered to be an intensive service as it is often provided 2-3 times a week for 1-2 hours. These services are inclusive of a client's multiple environments and can be provided at home, at our office, in a school setting, or in the community.
Children with autism are often involved in several services and have a lot of service providers. Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech/Language Therapy, and additional services in schools are often involved in the care of a child with Autism. ABA works alongside these providers to tailor interventions and coordinate their services to promote the greatest rate of progress in children.
Beginning ABA Services
ABA services must be ordered by a Primary Care Physician. Once a referral for ABA services is received by our office, via fax, we will contact a family to begin the process of assessment. Once the assessment phase is completed, our Board Certified Behavior Analysis will reach out to the Primary Care Physician with recommendations for services and to coordinate care. Referrals can be faxed to our office.