Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a science that studies behavior to understand and use the best ways to motivate and teach each individual. Decades of research have proven that ABA methods are highly effective for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). With ABA instruction and therapy, persons can make significant improvements across the key areas of deficits that comprise a diagnosis of ASD: communication, social skills, and repetitive patterns of behavior. Additionally, ABA allows clinicians and caregivers to develop strategies that can reduce the presence of challenging behaviors that often create barriers to the daily life and interactions of a person with ASD.
At SSAC, we use many different ABA strategies to teach communication, social skills, play skills, daily living skills, early learning skills, community skills, and more. Just as no two individuals with ASD are the exact same, each treatment plan we develop is tailored to the specific strengths, needs and preferences of the client. We use constant, rigorous data collection procedures to monitor progress and make clinical decisions on a daily basis. We believe that ABA teaching can and should happen anywhere! We first teach a skill and behavior in the environments where each child learns best and then gradually transition the teaching to the environments where each skill and behavior can and should occur naturally.
ABA Strategies at SSAC
- Discrete trial teaching (DTT)
Natural environment teaching (NET)
- Pivotal Response Teaching (PRT)
- Verbal behavior approach
- Task analysis and behavior chains
- Peer-mediated strategies
- And more!