What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

ABA focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. This systematic approach of influencing socially important behaviors takes a skill and breaks it down into its small teachable components and then reinforces the completion of each step. ABA is data based, which means progress and behavior are regularly tracked to ensure success! This therapy motivates children through exciting, positive and natural opportunities that over time change their life as well as their loved ones.

A 2005 study by Howard, et al. found that children receiving intensive ABA made significantly more progress, including becoming 6 times more likely to score in normal range for life skills, than those receiving other treatments.

ABA can teach a variety of skills including:

• Potty Training
• Feeding Therapy
• Communication
• Social Skills
• Self-help Skills (dressing, toileting, etc.)
• Fine Motor Skills
• Gross Motor Skills
• Play Skills
• Vocational Skills

In addition, at this time, ABA is the most researched, evidence-based treatment available for autism.

A 1987 study by Dr. Ivar Lovaas, found that 47% of children with autism who received ABA 40 hours a week passed general education first grade, compared to just a 2% pass rate for those who received only 10 hours a week of ABA.


Q: My child does not have autism and is a typically developing child, can ABA be effective with him?

A: Yes! ABA has a very wide scope of application. It has been effectively applied in many environments such as educational settings, business settings, animal training, health/fitness coaching etc. ABA is an effective approach for children without disabilities with activities such as morning routine, potty training, desensitization, self help skills, etc.

Q: Can the therapist work with my child in his school?

A: Absolutely! We provide services onsite at your child’s childcare center, private school, as well as our Libertyville office. We also provide services in your home depending on therapist availability.

Q: How do I get started with your services?

A: First, schedule a free ABA consult. During this call, you will learn more about ABA and the benefits for your child’s further skill development. Then, we do an assessment to evaluate your child’s strengths and targeted areas of need. Together, we develop a plan that works best for your child and family to achieve his/her goals.

Why Choose ABA at MTC?

Our approach includes a family centered treatment plan that works collaboratively with all professionals involved in your child’s care to ensure the best outcome possible.

We offer Clinic based services at our home office in Libertyville, IL and In-home therapy to fit all of your family’s needs.

We know your time is valuable! By having all of our services in one place, MTC is convenient for families and maximizes time for those who receive multiple services.

MTC offers:

• Free developmental screenings
• Early Comprehensive Autism Treatment
• Continued Autism treatment
• Speech Language Therapy
• Occupational Therapy
• Mental Health Counseling

What Is Autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause communication, social and behavioral challenges. Children and Adults with ASD may interact, think and learn differently than most people.

How Do I Know if My Child Has Autism?

Children or Adults with ASD may:

  • Avoid eye contact
  • Repeat or echo words or phrases (echolalia)
  • Not respond to their name
  • Flap hands, rock body or spin in circles
  • Have trouble communicating their wants and needs
  • Difficulty with a change in routine
  • Have a hard time relating to others
  • Unusual reactions to sound, smell, taste, sights and texture


If you think your child may be at risk, you can contact your local pediatrician or read more here.

If you would like to pursue a free Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) phone consultation with Raquel Roos M.A. BCBA to review benefits of ABA services for your child’s further skill development, please contact rroos@mtcus.com or 847-816-7200.

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