Behavior analysis focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. Positive reinforcement is one such principle. When a behavior is followed by some sort of reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. Through decades of research, the field of behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing those that may cause harm or interfere with learning.
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the use of these techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior. These techniques can be used in structured situations such as a classroom lesson as well as in “everyday” situations such as family dinnertime or the neighborhood playground. Some ABA therapy sessions involve one-on-one interaction between the behavior analyst and the participant. Group instruction can likewise prove useful.
How does ABA benefit those with Autsim
ABA is widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for autism. It has been endorsed by a number of state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Surgeon General and the New York State Department of Health. Over the last decade, the nation has seen a particularly dramatic increase in the use of ABA to help persons with autism live happy and productive lives. In particular, ABA principles and techniques can foster basic skills such as looking, listening and imitating, as well as complex skills such as reading, conversing and understanding another person’s perspective.
What is Applied Behavior Analysis?
Analysis begins with diagnosis. It is important to accurately identify the cause of certain behaviors in order to offer useful remediation. Each child is unique, so a proper diagnosis will allow us to provide the best therapeutic response.
ABA therapy uses psychological techniques that concentrate on certain behaviors. Academic improvements, including reading, will provide children with a better understanding of the world around them. Establishing better communication skills gives a patient the chance to interact with those around them. Providing adaptive learning and social skills is also critical for a patient’s overall well-being.
ABA as a therapy can be used to improve many of the lifestyle circumstances that our ASD patients may find challenging. Enhancing fine motor dexterity improves a child’s confidence and ability to function in a variety of settings. Teaching better domestic efficiency can also lead to a more fulfilling lifestyle. Developing treatment plans for grooming and hygiene not only build confidence, it also nurtures greater independence. These treatments promote growth will become critical as your child gets older, ranging from punctual awareness to greater competence on the job.
ABA becomes beneficial in a variety of settings at home or in school. We believe that providing these therapeutic techniques to children also allows them to adapt to other community or job settings as they get older. Improved behavior and skill sets are shown to increase independence that, in turn, decreases the dependence on special services.
How can ABA help my child?
Research has shown that ABA is an effective science that addresses some of the following concerns:
+ Destructive Self-Injurious Behaviors
+ Social Skills And Pragmatic Language
+ Toilet Training And Personal Care Skills
+ Language Speech Acquisition
+ Academic Concepts
+ Self-Stimulatory Behaviors
+ Peer and Sibling Relationships
+ Self-Management Skills
Contact Us Today for an Evaluation to see if ABA therapy is right for your child.The longer your child with Autism Spectrum Disorder goes without help, the harder it will be to reach that child. Call us today at (516) 229-1194.
Why Choose ABA Therapy?
Our goal at Achievement Therapy Services is to work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in order to improve their quality of life. Many years of research have been dedicated to ABA, and hundreds of studies specific to autism have shown that this therapy is effective. Children who participate in ABA programs demonstrate greater progress than those who are in programs using other methods.
This form of therapy is designed to increase behaviors that promote well-being while decreasing behaviors that interfere with communication and learning. By working one-on-one with your child, our therapists can create achievable goals that are built on their needs and priorities. A child’s behavior holds a varying degree of social significance to them, and this therapy can help to identify the importance of each one. The proper intervention will help to develop a greater independence for the patient.
Psychological therapy examines behavior to look for established patterns as well as what environmental factors may be influencing them. Not only do we look at the pattern, we also attempt to discover what happens before and after the event. This allows us to develop strategies that deal directly with the behavior itself.
The key to our approach is identifying why a behavior happens in the first place. Functional Behavior Assessment allows our therapists to understand what your child is receiving from a particular behavior. This data is used to develop a treatment plan that addresses a child’s individual needs.
An effective plan includes using the things that motivate a child to improve learning. Discovering what they enjoy and have fun with can increase learning ability. Finding healthy motivation will make learning more productive.
This form of therapy will help to establish cues that a child can use to better understand positive responses. Prompting them with visual support or gestures provides them with a hint for proper responses. Over time, these prompts are slowly removed to encourage the healthy response independently.
Positive reinforcement is also a key component in any therapy. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder often have limited interests, so it is important to encourage positive behaviors instead of negative responses. Our patients are taught what is expected of them in a multitude of situations through encouragement.
Even the simplest tasks can involve many steps to complete. Those with ASD often need each of these steps to be identified and taught to them. Identifying a baseline for a task and slowly adding steps to it will allow a child to eventually gain independence with that task.
Complete and systematic instruction is an important component of this therapy. Discrete Trial Instruction and Natural Environment Training are used to develop responses that can be applied to a variety of situations. When they are used together, children can learn to adapt their skills beyond the scope of what they have learned.
By combining all of the techniques described above, our therapists are able to create an effective treatment plan by identifying and modifying problematic behaviors. Our certified staff approaches each patient’s case individually in order to create the best possible learning conditions. Applying the correct learning systems allows your child to gain positive results without confusing or frustrating them. Continuing this therapy offers a positive solution with long-term results, and provides the learned skills your child will need now as well as in their adult lives.
How It Works?Research over the last 40+ years has shown the efficacy of ABA Therapy for individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Our services begin with an intake consultation with a member of our administrative team. This is a time where families are able to discuss primary areas of concern and determine if ABC can meet their needs.
During this process our team will determine eligibility for services and navigate the insurance process for you. You will be asked to fill out an application, provide proof of medical diagnosis of Autism spectrum disorder, provide a prescription for ABA Therapy services, and provide proof of insurance.
The next step is to assess your child’s skill level, which is necessary to guide the development of an individualized Autism treatment plan. The assessment will be conducted by a licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and will include the use of various assessment tools. Typically, assessments are conducted in the home setting. However, arrangements can be made to conduct the assessment in an area that best suits your family’s needs.
Through assessment in everyday situations such as home and school, behaviors are targeted and a detailed therapy plan is developed. Throughout the treatment, data is recorded and analyzed in order to show progress of meaningful change and to evaluate, modify, and refine treatment for the most socially significant outcomes.
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