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Applied behavioral analysis, or ABA therapy, achieves improvement in maladaptive behaviors in children who have behavioral disorders. It works by reducing complicated tasks into small steps that are easily understood by the child and providing reinforcement or rewards. It's been effective in areas such as asking for help, communicating needs, following directions, increasing the attention span, waiting, and making friends.Learn more
Each child is evaluated to determine their skills and needs and their ABA therapy is based on the results of their evaluation. Typically, an ABA therapy program lasts between one and three years and addresses a broad spectrum of domains. Focused ABA therapy provides between 10 and 25 hours of treatment on a few specific targets.Learn more
Although a clinical setting is sometimes used, research has indicated that ABA therapy is more effective when done in a natural environment, such as the home, the community or the school. This enables the child to learn independent interaction in situations that are specific to their life and lifestyle, and it greatly reduces the incidence of maladaptive behaviors across multiple domains.Learn more
ABA therapy is usually successful in the areas of adaptive living, behavioral deficits, communication, and inadequate or inappropriate social skills. The objective of ABA therapy is to increase your child's social skills and ability to interact independently with their environment. Targeting areas of importance to the child and the family improves the success of the program.Learn more