Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the science of studying human behavior. It came about in the early 1900s. John Watson, B.F. Skinner, and Ivan Pavlov are just a few of ABA’s founding fathers.
ABA refers to the term “behavior” as “any response that can be observed and measured.” Applied behavioral analysis therapy uses the principles of behavior to increase and decrease specific behaviors.
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Behaviors that Applied Behavior Analysis therapy can help increase are as follows:
- Language (i.e., requesting, tact/expressive, listening responder/receptive, following directions)
- Imitation skills
- Gross/fine motor skills
- Visual/perceptual skills (e.g., puzzles, matching, sorting)
- Activities of daily living (e.g., toileting, dressing, and brushing teeth)
- Social and independent play skills
- Community skills (e.g., crossing the street safely, grocery shopping and cooking)
- Group instruction
Behaviors that ABA therapy can help decrease are as follows:
- Hand flapping
- Any repetitive/stereotypic behaviors
- Verbal behavior (VB)
- Discrete trial teaching (DTT)
- Prompting and fading
- Shaping and chaining
- Natural environment teaching (NET)
- Errorless learning
Applied Behavior Analysis therapy can be implemented in any environment such as the clinic, the home, at school and in the community. AT NSPT, an Applied Behavior Analysis treatment package will be created by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). After the BCBA completes an extensive evaluation, the BCBA will create an individualized treatment that will best fit the needs of your child. Your child will receive 1:1 therapy along with ongoing analysis of his progress to ensure he is continuing to progress and succeed.