Applied Behavior Analysis
ABA stands for applied behavior analysis and is considered the gold standard for autism treatment.
ABA uses a variety of effective, evidence-based treatment interventions to teach the skills needed to be successful in school and life. The skills focus on teaching replacement behaviors to help the individual overcome challenging behaviors and develop socially appropriate skills. Skills are taught across various settings to promote generalization.
ABA therapy uses behavioral data on an ongoing basis to assess progress. The data is used to make decisions regarding treatment, prepare reports on outcomes, and communicate with consumers, funders, and regulatory bodies.
Classroom Consultation: The Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBAs) or Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) will work directly with the teacher and support staff to enhance the overall functioning of the student. Topics of consultation may include but are not limited to, escape training, reward systems, group contingencies, and teaching methodologies that help students with special needs learn and reach their potential.
Many students with autism require additional support to learn in a classroom setting. Therefore, our highly qualified behavior analysts work on identifying the student’s limitations by completing specific assessments and evaluations.
Assessments include Vineland- 3, Motivational Assessment Scale, QABF, Functional Analyses, ABLLS-R, VB-MAPPs, AFLSs, and EFLs. Completion of these assessments allows for the clinician to assist with the identification of goals and objectives, as well as appropriate measurement systems to ensure progress
Center-Based Services are one-to-one applied behavior analysis (ABA) sessions that take place at SLB Therapy rather than in the home environment. Registered Behavior Technicians work one-to-one with patients under the supervision of experienced Board-Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs).
At the center, the client will have the opportunity to learn skills in a controlled environment to decrease the likelihood of distractions and external factors. When appropriate the client will be matched with other individuals based on age and level of functioning for socialization opportunities.
At the center, the client will focus on learning words to functionally communicate his/her wants and needs in order to decrease problem behaviors.
The client will also be exposed to new materials and toys increasing the possibility of generalization.
ABA Therapy in the home setting is like center-based services but provides other benefits and opportunities.
Services in the home setting focus on increasing the client’s independent living and self-help skills.
Home-based services will allow the Registered Behavioral Technician to implement treatment interventions in the exact setting where the behavior typically takes place.
Home-based services will provide easy access to siblings, parents, and other family members to be involved in the client’s treatment progress and increase generalization across people
Community- Based Services are less structured and controlled creating the opportunity to teach behaviors naturalistically.
The assigned Registered Behavior Technician will continue implementing behavioral interventions throughout the community.
When community outings occur with the caregiver, the Registered Behavior Technician will work on modeling the interventions stated in the behavioral support plan.
The Behavior Analyst may at times attend the community outing to provide support and guidance to manage problem behaviors.