ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis)

ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) at NSPT

Applied Behavior Analysis 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.

Applied Behavior Analysis refers to the term “behavior” as “any response that can be observed and measured.” Applied Behavior Analysis therapy uses the principles of behavior to increase and decrease behaviors.

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Behaviors that Applied Behavior Analysis therapy can help increase are as follows:Applied Behavior Analysis

  • 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)
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Group instruction

Behaviors that ABA therapy can help decrease are as follows:

  • Hitting
  • Biting
  • Screaming
  • Hand flapping
  • Non-compliance
  • Scripting
  • Any repetitive/stereotypic behaviors

Teaching Methods

  • Verbal behavior (VB)
  • Discrete trial teaching (DTT)
  • Prompting and fading
  • Shaping and chaining
  • Natural environment teaching (NET)
  • Errorless learning
  • Reinforcement

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.

In-Home Applied Behavior Analysis in Milwaukee

We’re excited to offer in-home Applied Behavior Analysis services in the Milwaukee area while we are expanding and opening a new clinic! If you’re in the Milwaukee area and are searching for assistance for your child, contact us today!

Client Reviews (5)

We moved to Chicago almost three years ago never having even visited the city before. We knew no one and where nothing was. What we did know was that Illinois had better autism insurance benefits than what we had in Florida. My husband and I sought out a place for our younger son to receive ABA. I don’t remember the seemingly random events that happened to land us on your website. I do remember that I knew instantly that NSPT would be the place to bring him after my first interaction with Charlene in Bucktown. And I was reaffirmed with every person I met with as we added more therapies into my son’s schedule. Shortly after settling in, our older son began receiving physical therapy at NSPT as well. Some of our therapists have moved on and since switching to Lincolnwood we don’t see our team from Bucktown often. I never dreamed that motherhood would have me spending so many hours in waiting rooms while my children received therapies that would help them in ways that I couldn’t. I quickly learned to get over the idea that I was failing them. Instead, I learned to embrace the idea that my sons are blessed to have so many other people helping them to grow and reach their potential. I want to take this moment of reflection to let you know how much you mean to our family. I can’t imagine how things would have worked out for us in Chicago if we didn’t have the support from all the therapists who have worked with our sons. You have seen me on my worst days when I have felt angry, defeated, and helpless. Never once did I feel judgment from you. Instead you rallied around me and reassured me that behaviors will turn around again and that none of you were giving up. I know you must have bad days but you always have a smile on your face for us. I know it is not easy to work in this field. I know you get hurt when my son is having a bad day. I know. Thank you. Thank you for smiling at us. Thank you for encouraging us. Thank you for all of the hours you give to my family. Thank you for working together and having a plan. Thank you for answering this call to serve children with disabilities. Thank you for seeing their potential. Thank you for teaching me ways to help my sons. Thank you for being kind. You make a difference in our lives. My appreciation is endless for the support you all have given to my family.


My son has been receiving ABA at NSPT4Kids for a year and a half. The staff is extremely knowledgeable, caring, and understanding. They have been great working with our insurance company. My son has completely opened up. He now seeks his older sister to play – something he never did for the first four and a half years of his life. He looks at me when he talks to me. We have conversations. It is amazing. I never would have thought ABA could do this. I am so thankful for NSPT4Kids!


Our son has been in the ABA program at North Shore for almost two years now. The gains his therapists have made with him have been without a shadow of a doubt wonderful and remarkable. Everything they do in session, we always reinforce at home to help him continue his gains. The ABA therapists are always quick to update the kids individual program to continue to challenge the kids, even if they are having a rough time that session. We are grateful of what North Shore has done for our son both past, present and moving into the future. As we get ready to send our son into Kindergarten, the North Shore ABA team gets a lot of credit helping to make this milestone happen for him. I highly recommend North Shore for all of their services.

Tom J

I completed my tier 3 and tier 4 BACB university-approved practicum requirements at North Shore Pediatric Therapy in their Bucktown clinic. Throughout this process, I was able to expand my repertoire of behavior analytic practices, develop and implement function based interventions with clients from diverse backgrounds in multiple environments, observe and assist in training new staff members, and work closely with professionals from other fields to provide the best services for our clients. Everyone at North Shore is welcoming and willing to teach about their areas of expertise and learn about others, creating a fun and engaging environment. It was a great experience and I recommend North Shore Pediatric Therapy to practicum students looking to get experience in clinic or home settings with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.


The improvement I have seen in my child is unreal! Social and verbal skills are getting better by the day!