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Applied Behavior Analysis

(ABA Therapy)   

ABA Therapy

Applied behavior analysis, or ABA therapy, is the application of basic behavioral practices (positive reinforcement, teaching in small steps, prompting, and repeated practice) to facilitate the development of language, social interactions, independent living skills, and other aptitudes.
Originated by the scientific principles of Dr. B.F. Skinner in the 1960s, ABA methods gained popularity treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the 1980s. ABA is proven to be the most effective method to teach children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (Read the research). ABA practices have been endorsed by the Surgeon General, the National Institute of Health (NIH), and the Association for Science in Autism Research.

ABA can be used to teach a variety of skills and positive behaviors, including:

  • Communication

  • Positive Peer Interactions

  • Self-Help Skills (toileting, dressing, bathing, etc.)

  • Academics

  • Fine and Gross Motor Skills

  • Play and Leisure Skills

  • Life Skills

  • Vocational Skills

Applied Behavior Analysis is also effective in decreasing challenging behaviors such as tantrums, aggression, and self-injury.

At Foundations for Growing we employ many different teaching and intervention strategies, based on the principles of ABA. Our intervention programs are designed and supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in collaboration with our highly skilled team of occupational therapist, speech-language pathologists, and other specialists. Programs may be implemented by Registered Behavior Technicians® (RBTs®) or other professionals trained in the principles of ABA under the ongoing supervision of a BCBA. Additional information about ABA and the BCBA and RBT credentials may be found at the Behavior Analysis Certification Board® (BACB®) website which can be found at www.BACB.com. It should be noted that all interventionists at Foundations for Growing are required to adhere to the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts set forth by the BACB.