Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy (ABA Therapy)
Autism is a common behavioral disorder that can significantly impact a child’s success in social settings and academic environments. While there is not a cure for autism, there are many highly researched behavioral techniques that can allow individuals with autism to adapt and change problematic behaviors for more positive future growth. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, for example, is a widely adapted discipline in managing autism which creates an understanding of behaviors and the way they are affected by environmental changes in both a physical and social sense. At The Behavior Exchange in Plano and Frisco, every aspect of our services is based on ABA. Our approach is uniquely designed for every child. From one-on-one sessions to group therapy to real-life situations, our treatments are personalized to meet our client’s needs.
What Is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis has a broad definition. In the most basic terms, ABA is a system that uses objective data to guide an individual’s behavior. It is intended to reduce harmful or distracting behaviors while increasing positive behaviors that promote productive learning. Techniques such as positive reinforcement or modeling are often utilized within ABA to achieve the personalized goals of each child based on parent consultations and observations of the child.
How Does ABA Affect People with Autism?
ABA was originally developed in the 1960s, and it has been continuously researched and validated since with ongoing peer-reviewed studies. Through decades of research, ABA has proven to be highly effective in building life skills—particularly with early intervention. ABA can also be useful for adults with autism, though research in this group has not been nearly as extensive. Below you can get a closer look at what ABA has to offer to individuals at any age in need of behavioral therapy for autism.
• Personalized therapy – Applied Behavior Analysis almost always begins with intensive one-on-one sessions that create areas of focus for therapy. Group therapy and social skill programs may be used down the road or in addition to solo sessions, but these are still guided with the highly personalized attention of ABA.
• Life skills development – Through ABA, children may learn a number of essential life skills such as following instructions, language and communication, motor skills, and self-help. These skills are integral to the classroom environment and will serve as valuable life skills in later years as well.
• Ongoing progress – One of the distinctive benefits of ABA is measurement through objective data. This provides a definitive view of the progress that a child is making and the areas where therapy is insufficient.
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