What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an approach to behavior treatment based on the scientific principles of learning. A variety of evidence-based procedures are used to strengthen skills and shape those that have not yet developed. Specific programs are designed for each individual that may include, discrete trial teaching, verbal behavior strategies, behavior reduction strategies, social skill development, and more. Today, ABA is widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Focused ABA treatment is provided directly to the client for a limited number of key functional skills and/or severe problem behaviors. Examples include, but are not limited to, social communication skills, compliance, sleep hygiene, self-care skills, independent leisure skills, self-injury, aggression, pica, elopement, feeding disorders, property destruction, or stereotypic motor or vocal behavior. Target behaviors are addressed through consultation with caregivers.
Comprehensive ABA Treatment is a treatment of the multiple affected developmental domains, such as cognitive, communicative, social, emotional, and adaptive functioning. Goals are created using the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills-Revised® developed by Dr. James Partington, Ph.D., BCBA and The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Plan® (VB-MAPP) developed by Dr. Mark L. Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA.
A developmentally appropriate ABA assessment process identifies strengths and weaknesses across domains and potential barriers to progress. The information from this process is the basis for developing the individualized ABA treatment plan. An ABA assessment typically utilizes information obtained from multiple methods and multiple informants, including file review, interviews and rating scales, and direct assessment and observation.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. There is often nothing about how people with Autism look that sets them apart from other people, but people with Autism may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with Autism can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some people with Autism need a lot of help in their daily lives; others need less.
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Bella Vista Behavior Services is committed to providing scientific, ethical, and culturally-sensitive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to the individuals and families we serve. We strive to increase each individual’s repertoire of positive behaviors through evidence-based procedures and individualized treatment plans. It is our mission to provide the highest quality of care and professional treatment that is needed to facilitate sustainable change. We are dedicated to establishing effective ABA programs while continuously educating family members on our practicing principles.
As ABA therapist, we will work directly with your child to develop positive skills and provide opportunities to earn reinforcement. We will use data to determine effectiveness of treatment and make necessary changes, while continuously assessing progress towards goals. Bella Vista Behavior Services will ensure that your child receives individualized support and be treated with respect and dignity.
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Information on this site was taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Autism website.