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ABA Beginnings provides ABA Home-based services for all individuals with Autism.

WHAT IS APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS (ABA)?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific approach to understanding socially significant, learned behavior and its relationship with the environment. ABA utilizes research-based techniques to increase useful behaviors and to decrease undesirable ones. ABA is often carried out one-on-one in formal, structured settings; clinical settings; or during natural routines such as playtime or snack time. Academics, language, self-help, play and social skills are among the many areas that can be taught using the principles of ABA. 

WHAT MAKES ABA DIFFERENT THAN OTHER TREATMENTS?

 

ABA treatment is overseen and/or implemented by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). BCBAs have received Master’s or Doctoral level training in behavior analysis. They are skilled in the analysis of socially significant behavior problems and are thereby able to help determine why they occur so that effective treatments can be implemented. BCBA’s develop Behavior Intervention Plans and treatment protocols, based on their findings. They collect data in order to evaluate if a specific treatment has been effective in bringing about behavioral change.

Applied Behavior Analysis is not used exclusively to treat individuals with autism, but because these children typically experience significant language delays, BCBA’s often utilize a behavioral approach to teach communication skills. After administering a behavioral language assessment, they develop a curriculum with specific educational objectives and monitor the child's progress in the acquisition of language skills.