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What is ABA?

November 15th, 2019

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a therapy that focusss on behavior and learning. The overall goal of ABA is to figure out why a child behaves the way they do and then focuses on ways to encourage those good behavior habits and correct the harmful behaviors habits of that child. ABA focuses on positive reinforcement in order to decrease those unwanted behaviors. The therapy helps improve socially significant behaviors including communication and social skills, memory, academic performance, and language.

How does the ABA therapy work?
ABA Therapy typically follows these general steps, however these experiences are completely unique to each individual child.

  1. Referral to ABA (typically by a physician)
  2. Assessment will be done with a Board Certified Behavior Analysis (BCBA). A BCBA is a specialized therapist specifically for the ABA program.
  3. The BCBA will do visits (mostly in-home but could also be at school or in the community) to come up with strategies and goals to increase positive behavior in the child’s everyday life

Who is a good candidate for ABA?

ABA was created to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. Our ABA program is designed for children anywhere from 18 months to 12 years. Like most therapy’s, ABA is more successful when started at a young age.

Watch the video above to learn more about the ABA program at Siskin Children's Institute. 

Meet Jane, a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst in our Center for Developmental Pediatrics Program. Below, Jane describes what a day looks like for her here at Siskin:

"As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with Siskin, my day usually consists of going to families’ homes for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) sessions to work with children and meet with their families. ABA sessions are often conducted by behavior therapists (Registered Behavior Technicians) who work under the BCBA. When I go see a child for an ABA session, I spend time observing the therapist’s session, providing feedback and on-going training and support, as well as working 1:1 with the child. I review the data collected in previous sessions and make updates as needed based on the child’s progress. Parents are encouraged to participate in their child’s therapy sessions, so oftentimes we are all working together during sessions. I also check in with parents to see how their child is doing, and if they have any concerns or recent successes they would like to discuss. I talk with parents about their child’s behavior plan, and how they are doing in school and in their other therapies."

Have questions about our ABA program? Contact us at 423.490.7710 for more information or visit the ABA Therapy page on our website. You can also visit the Autism Speaks ABA page to learn more about ABA Therapy.

* Please note- a physician referral is required for ABA therapy services.

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