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Applied behavioral analysis, or ABA therapy, is an empirical method of improving or changing maladaptive behavioral issues in children who have developmental disorders. ABA therapy reduces complex procedures to small, simple steps that the child can understand and complete. Appropriate behaviors are then reinforced through rewards or praise. It's been effective at improving behaviors in areas such as communication, waiting, grooming, making friends, asking for help, and fine motor skills.Learn more
Each child will be evaluated to determine their current skill level in multiple areas, and the results of the evaluation will determine the program that will best suit their needs. Since each ABA therapy regimen is unique to the child, there's no predetermined time specified. However, research has indicated that a program that encompasses many areas and has a duration of between one and three years provides optimal results overall. The focused ABA therapy programs provide between 10 and 25 hours and concentrate on a few specific areas of maladaptive behaviors.Learn more
ABA therapy is most effective when done in the natural environment of the child’s home, community or school, although it also works in a clinical setting. Since most maladaptive behaviors occur in familiar environments, these settings can produce the most improvement as well as teach the child how to independently interact within that specific environment. It also provides the opportunity for them to learn interactive skills that may be specific to their lifestyle.Learn more
ABA therapy is very effective for children with developmental disorders such as ASD, particularly those who have inappropriate behaviors in areas such as adaptive living, communication, and social skills. The objective of ABA therapy is to increase the child's independent interaction with their environment and their family.Learn more