Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is used by therapists with expertise in how human behaviors are learned and how they can be changed over time. Effective for children and adults with various psychological disorders, especially Autism Spectrum Disorder, this research-based approach works in a variety of treatment settings and is proven to decrease the need for specialized services as time goes on.
The Center for Autism reports that ABA helps autistic clients maintain positive behaviors and mitigate negative behaviors as they arise, transferring their newfound skills from one context to the next. Examples of behaviors targeted in ABA include social skills, communication, reading, and general academics, in addition to adaptive learning skills like fine motor dexterity, grooming, practical living skills, time management, and workplace functioning. For the client and supporting family, the impact of improvement across all these contexts is profound.
Together with one of our ABA-trained therapists, clients participate in identifying behaviors that require change, setting goals and expected outcomes, and creating a treatment plan for measurable improvement. ABA is most successful when applied intensively, and early intervention is ideal. Yet even adult clients, regardless of their treatment history, can reap significant benefits from this therapeutic intervention by learning coping skills for age-onset challenges like memory loss, reduced physical capabilities, and bereavement.