Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy is the use of multiple techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior. Applied Behavioral Concepts utilizes these principles to teach and support children through a variety of settings and situations to fully generalize all skills, both educational and social. ABA therapy is the only therapy proven to be effective for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Surgeon General, as well as other experts who work with special needs children. ABA therapy is used to modify various forms of behavior and the overall principle of manipulating stimuli surrounding a behavior. These such behaviors can affect the development of language, socialization, and daily living skills.
Listed below are ABA therapies that have proven to be effective for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. These are our weekly options available depending on your child’s needs, all of which are held in a daily classroom setting. We offer assessments, parent training and individual goals and objectives for each child. Total hours needed will be a team decision between parents, behavioral technicians, and teachers. Regular meetings with a consultant are included.
DISCRETE TRIAL THERAPY
Discrete Trial Therapy (DTT) is the most common form of treatment associated with Autism. This is a highly structured method of simplified teaching skills. The key to teaching using this method is breaking down each skill into component parts, teaching each component intensively and systematically (using prompts when and where necessary) and consistently using reinforcements to increase the likelihood of the child learning the skill.
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT TEACHING
Natural Environment Teaching (NET) strategies are recommended for children with Pervasive Development Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorders. This focuses on providing and creating opportunities that increase the child’s motivation to use language in a natural setting. This type of strategy is all about naturalistic “learning through play” and positive reinforcement.
Social Skills are offered as an after school program and are designed to provide support and structure for school-aged children. Individualized teaching/learning strategies enhance the after school experience. Social and leisure activities are taught in a small group setting.