What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?

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Hearing your child has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may be overwhelming. However, it’s important to remember there are services and resources available to help your child thrive. For example, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy has shown tremendous benefits for children with autism. Read on for an in-depth understanding of ABA and the positive impact it can have on your child’s development.

 

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What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a widely recommended therapy for children with autism. It is an evidence-based approach focused on understanding and improving behavior through positive reinforcement. ABA therapy uses scientific principles to develop new skills, reduce challenging behaviors, and enhance overall quality of life for people with autism. As Autism Speaks notes, “the goal is to increase behaviors that are helpful and decrease behaviors that are harmful or affect learning.” Through this approach, children diagnosed with autism make great strides in their development. In 1987, Dr. Ivar Lovaas found that 90% of children make large gains through ABA therapy (Lovaas, O. I. 55: 3-9). In 2011, research found ABA therapy helped children develop in their language use and become less aggressive in their behavior. Let’s dig a little deeper into how applied behavior analysis can positively impact your child.

 

Benefits of ABA Therapy for Children with Autism

Enhancing Social and Communication Skills

ABA therapy helps children develop their social and communication skills by nurturing eye contact, turn-taking, and conversation initiation. Through practice and positive reinforcement, your child will gain confidence and improve their ability to interact with others.

 

Reducing Problem Behaviors and Increasing Positive Behaviors

ABA therapy focuses on replacing problem behaviors with more appropriate alternatives. By identifying the triggers and reinforcing positive behaviors, ABA can reduce challenging behaviors like tantrums, aggression, and self-injury.

 

Improving Adaptive Skills and Independence

ABA therapy equips children with the skills they need to navigate daily life. These skills include self-care, independent play, following instructions, and participating in structured routines. With consistent practice, children become more independent and improve their quality of life.

 

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ABA therapy helps children learn how to interact with others and navigate daily life.

 

The Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy Process

ABA therapy is a comprehensive process that involves several key steps:

Individualized assessment and treatment planning:

First, we’ll conduct an assessment of your child’s strengths and areas for improvement. Based on our findings, we’ll create a custom treatment plan for specific goals and needs.

 

Implementation of behavior programs by a qualified team:

Our team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT), and Licensed Social Workers (LSW) implement the treatment plan. These programs will focus on teaching new skills and reducing challenging behaviors.

 

Ongoing monitoring and adjustments:

ABA therapy is a dynamic process, and regular monitoring is crucial. We’ll evaluate your child’s progress and adjust the treatment plan to ensure optimal outcomes.

 

Transforming Lives with Applied Behavior Analysis

At Horizon Behavioral Autism Center, we have helped countless children though the ABA approach. Making significant progress in their social skills, communication, and overall development, these kids serve as a testament to the effectiveness of ABA therapy in transforming lives.

 

“In the first 4 months of having HBC services, our son made more progress than the last 4 years with other providers! He was able to resume his academics, and complete classes. Intensive ABA therapy works wonders! HBC has a great staff, flexible scheduling, and is tireless in working with a health insurance company. I encourage any parent needing help for their child to seek out the professionals at HBC. In my book, they’re the best!” – Kelly, Granger

 

“I could never express how grateful I am for you and your team. You’ve been a critical part of my support system as a working mom of an autistic child. You swooped in on day one and helped me tackle the crisis over getting her dressed! You’ve touched every aspect of her development, and she had a lot of fun doing it.” Charlice, South Bend

 

Let Your Child Thrive with Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy at Horizon

Early intervention is crucial for children with autism. Thankfully, ABA therapy has proven to be one of the most effective approaches. As a parent or guardian, you have the power to make a positive impact on your child’s development. At Horizon Behavioral Autism Center, we are committed to providing high-quality ABA therapy services for your child’s specific needs. Take the first step towards empowering your child’s future by accessing our ABA therapy services. Ask us today how we can support you and your family on this journey.