ABA Therapy

At Butterfly Effects, we use Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to affect a desired change in a child’s behavior. 
Depending on the focus, our work may begin with the child one-on-one in a highly structured environment or in the environment where the behavior is occurring. In nearly every case, we have achieved the outcome we have targeted, alleviating much of the stress and pressure and creating new opportunities for success for the child.

Continually researched, applied, and improved over the last three decades, ABA is considered one of the most successful strategies for teaching children with disabilities, promoted by the Center for Disease Control and endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General. (1999). By way of our own experience, as well as the literature, we have learned that it is also a very effective way to modify behavioral responses in children with emotional and/or developmental challenges.

Applied Behavior Analysis At Home

In typical development scenarios, children naturally develop by drawing from their environment. With minimal prompting, children absorb skills and the understanding of when and how to apply them. Naturally, and almost invisibly, they learn how to talk, play, learn, and socialize. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy for children effected by autism and other developmental issues. When interacting with others it can be more challenging for these children to read, process, and respond to the cues and feedback that others unconsciously use to make adjustments to their behavior.

Applied Behavior Analysis In The Classroom

We understand that when the classroom becomes disrupted, teachers want immediate solutions. We want that as well – but through our experience, we understand that behavioral changes made through real internalized learning cannot be rushed. It’s best for everyone when we take the time to encourage full skill acquisition, so that a child has the ability to apply those skills in diverse situations.

How We Can Help

Once the child and caregivers needs are fully assessed, our team will draw up a treatment plan that focuses on developmentally appropriate goals. Ideally, if we have already worked with the child we have been able to draw up or update the Individual’s Education Plan (IEP) to include specific uses of ABA. Otherwise, we can add it as needed.

Though every plan is unique to each child, each emphasizes functional skills and behaviors that allow children to gain independence and achieve success in both the short and the long run. Depending on the age and level of the child, we can use ABA to address such areas as communication, socialization, self-care, and play, as well as improving behaviors and habits needed to promote academic learning.

Working intensively in the classroom and other natural environments, our highly trained BCBA’s:

  • Assess the child’s skills and caregiver concerns to determine initial treatment goals
  • Engage the child using discrete trial teaching, which involves breaking down teachable items into small tasks, taught in very structured ways
  • Keep a record of behaviors, along with antecedents and consequences, so that teachers and support staff can learn how to prevent them and understand what reinforcers are most effective
  • Emphasize continual encouragement and positive reinforcement as primary motivators
  • Draw upon a child’s strengths to make learning simpler, less frustrating, and more engaging
  • Instruct teachers, support staff, and parents on how to apply ABA so that the child’s learning is consistent and ongoing

Applied Behavior Analysis Program Management

Following initial intervention, we will recommend a desired amount of regularly scheduled appointments per week. The learning is most effective when it is also reinforced by parents. ABA sessions emphasize creating as many opportunities as possible to learn and practice skills in natural environments.

We look to build skills in those settings that are first easiest to control. If the child is displaying negative behaviors at school in the lunchroom, we may start to address appropriate mealtime behaviors at home. Once successful there, we will work with teachers and staff to ensure the learning continues and takes hold in the lunchroom.

As with all of our services, the Butterfly Effects support staff will:

  • Collaborate with psychologists, and pediatricians as needed or requested by the parent
  • Participate in school-held IEP reviews and behavioral plan meetings
  • Monitor the therapy process for effectiveness
  • Provide team members with 24/7 web access to progress notes via an online network designed to meet their specific needs

Early intervention is always the best course. Don’t wait. Please call us today.