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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. 

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