Center-Based ABA Therapy
AASC provides one-on-one and small group Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy for children and adolescents age 2 – 21 in a Center-Based setting. ABA works to systematically change behavior based on principles of learning derived from behavioral psychology. ABA encourages positive behaviors and discourages negative behaviors. In addition, ABA teaches new skills and applies those skills to new situations.
ABA therapy is individualized to each child based on an initial assessment (e.g., the ABLLS-R, VB-MAPP, Essentials for Living, Functional Assessments, etc.) and continually modified based on the child’s progress. ABA Therapy is designed to help children acquire new skills and make progress in the following areas:
- Early Intervention: Preparing children from infancy to kindergarten to transition to school-based learning with the objective of entering into the least restrictive environment possible.
- Behavioral management: Reducing dangerous and/or disruptive behavior such as aggression, self-injury, non-compliance and elopement.
- Social Skills: Teaching children and adolescents how to establish peer relationships, share items, reciprocate conversations, and understand nonverbal cues.
- Verbal Behavior: Creating an effective communication process to give kids a way of expressing their thoughts, needs, and wants using Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), American Sign Language (ASL), or technology resources like IPads.
- Adaptive Living Skills: Teaching skills needed for an individual to function safely, independently, and appropriately on a daily basis. Living skills include: toileting, grooming, dressing, meal time behavior, housekeeping chores, and motor skills.
ABA therapy is facilitated by our Behavior Therapist who holds a Bachelor’s Degree and/or have completed specialized training in ABA therapy. Ongoing training and supervision is provided by a Master’s level Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
The benefits of our Center-Based approach include:
- For socialization opportunities, clients can be matched by age and level of functioning
- Centers allow for generalization by providing opportunities to use acquired skills in a new place
- Behavior Therapists have immediate access to Board Certified Behavior Analysts
- New toys and materials to provide a fun learning environment
- The opportunity for parents to work, attend meetings, or care for other children