What is ABA?

What is ABA?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the application of the principles of learning and motivation from Behavior Analysis, and the procedures and technology derived from those principles, to the solution of problems of social significance. Many decades of research have validated treatments based on ABA.

Our goal is to make life safe, sustainable and enjoyable; for autistic people and their caregivers. 

Autism Speaks says: "Today, ABA is widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for autism. It has been endorsed by a number of state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Surgeon General and the New York State Department of Health. Over the last decade, the nation has seen a particularly dramatic increase in the use of ABA to help persons with autism live happy and productive lives. In particular, ABA principles and techniques can foster basic skills such as looking, listening and imitating, as well as complex skills such as reading, conversing and understanding another person’s perspective."

More information about behavior analysis and ABA is available at the websites of the  Association of Professional Behavior Analysts , the  Association for Behavior Analysis International and the  Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

ABA can be used with people of all ages and with a variety of different diagnoses or no diagnosis.  If there is a behavior that you would like to modify, ABA can be employed to initiate and sustain the desired change. For example, ABA has helped people who exhibit issues with over-collecting/hoarding, addictive behaviors, weight loss, or aggression, just to name a few.

As many insurance policies only cover ABA therapy for those with a medical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), we also offer Private Pay options for our services. Our skilled clinicians have experience working with very young children, grade school children, teenagers, and adults.  We have experience working with all ages on language development (from communication systems for those who are nonverbal to improving conversational skills, and more), social skills, daily living skills, independent living skills, independent and social play, transition skills, and decreasing behaviors of concern.  

What does ABA look like? 

How do we teach skills? We have a large variety of teaching techniques that we use. Here are videos showing some of the things you might see during an ABA session. We teach skills that help a person interact with others and their environment more effectively such as social skills, self-help skills, communication, independent living skills and much more. Science supports the idea that by teaching appropriate replacement behavior, we can reduce the frequency or intensity and sometimes eliminate the maladaptive/unwanted behavior.