Autism Behavioral Therapy
Each child is unique. We understand that children on the autism spectrum have needs that can vary widely, which is why we personalize our behavioral therapy for autism spectrum disorder programs for every area of development. Behavior planning is the main point of focus throughout many of our programs.
In Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, behavior planning looks at the areas of behavior your child is expressing. We identify areas of inappropriate behaviors and focus on supplementing them with functional behaviors.
To identify and understand those behaviors, we set up a free consultation meeting to sit down with you and your child. During this meeting, we will get a better understanding of your child’s needs and the behaviors they are expressing.
Using the information gained from the consultation, our team will work alongside you to build a behavioral therapy for ASD program tailored to those needs.
We start from a structured program based on years of research and experience. From there, our Behavior Technicians will individualize your child’s program every week to ensure our services are meeting your child’s specific needs.
Our plans will align with your child’s unique needs and highlight the behavioral goal they are working toward. Generally, most therapy plans work on reducing negative behaviors or improving social skills or communication.
Specific ABA Therapies
Multiple types of ABA therapies are available to assist your child. Depending on their age, challenges and other factors, they may receive one of these ABA therapy models or a combination of therapies:
- Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI): This program is ideal for children under the age of five and helps your child develop skills such as communication, social interaction and adaptability.
- Trial training: This therapy program uses a structured task completion system to teach your child skills and reward them for positive behaviors.
- Pivotal response training: During this therapy program, your child will take the lead during a play or learning activity. During the exercise, a Behavior Technician will target pivotal areas of their development while providing natural reinforcements.
- Early Start Denver Model (ESDM): This therapy program is ideal for children between 12 and 48 months and uses play to boost language and cognitive skills.
- Verbal behavior interventions: During verbal behavior interventions, your child will not focus on words as labels but on why we use words and how they help us communicate ideas.
Our BCBAs and their technician teams will work closely with your family to ensure our therapy plans are effective. We will work to build an individualized behavior therapy plan specific to your child’s needs. Our therapy plans also teach parents, caregivers and teachers how to avoid reinforcement that encourages negative behavior, such as giving in to temper tantrums.
Your child’s therapy treatment plan may shift based on their responses and changing needs. Throughout treatment, their Behavior Technician will monitor their progress and analyze what strategies work with your child.
The Goal of ABA Therapy
The goal of your ABA therapy treatment depends upon your child’s needs. Some improvements parents and caregivers have seen in their children include:
- Increased interest in children and adults in the room with them.
- Improved communication skills.
- The ability to ask for what they want.
- Focus during school and when doing homework.
- Limited negative behaviors.
- Fewer emotional outbursts.