Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy focuses on socially significant behaviors by teaching a variety of skills for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
ABA Therapy focuses on socially significant behaviors by teaching a variety of skills including reducing challenging behaviors and increasing skills that are important in daily life, like communication and social skills.
What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy?
You most likely have encountered the term Applied Behavioral Analysis. Maybe you came across it while conducting research on your own or during a conversation with a medical professional? Either way, ABA is one of many methods used to assist those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, also known as ASD, and these therapies are very successful at improving mental health! The scientific technique known as Applied Behavior Analysis has been used for decades to change people’s lives by teaching them new behaviors. It is the evidence-based treatment for children diagnosed with Autism. Research confirms intensive treatment improves a child’s overall development.
ABA Therapy is provided by a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and/or a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Applied Behavior Analysis uses scientific and systematic processes to help influence an individual’s behavior. ABA Therapy motivates children through exciting, positive, and natural opportunities, and focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. ABA Therapy is a systematic approach focusing on socially significant behaviors for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder by taking a skill and breaking it down, and reinforcing the completion of each step. For instance:
ABA services are conducted 1 on 1 at our clinics in Illinois and Tennessee, at the child’s home, or at the child’s school/daycare. Services are also provided through Telehealth.
Mobile Therapy Centers clinics include several Mock Rooms where children can practice real life skills, in real life environments. Some of the rooms are a Restaurant, Dentist Office, Hair Salon, Classrooms w/Smart Board Technology, just to name a few. MTC’s therapists work with the child using these mock rooms to simulate and practice skills associated with participating, also known as desensitization.
Yes, ABA therapy can be used alongside other behavioral therapies. Many of our clients also receive a combination of services along with Applied Behavior Analysis, including Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Feeding Therapy and Counseling services, as appropriate.
ABA has many benefits for kids with Autism. First, because it involves applying reinforcement to behaviors you want to increase, your child is more likely to repeat the socially significant behaviors. This makes it easier for parents and therapists alike to teach new skills by breaking down goals into discrete steps that are easy for children to understand.
ABA therapy breaks down tasks into minute details and helps support success with those details leading up to the full task. For example, using a mock room of a dental office to help a child be able to walk into the room, touch the dental chair, sit in the dental chair, tolerate the light being on, having a toothbrush in their mouth, etc. Another example, by praising a child at every step they take toward putting on their shoes, you can help them learn what it means to “get dressed.”
We know your time is valuable! By having all of our services in one place, Mobile Therapy Centers is convenient for families and maximizes time for those who receive multiple services.