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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is important in the treatment of autism. From a behavior-analytic perspective, autism is considered a syndrome of behavioral excesses and deficits. Every behavioral aspect of autism can be addressed using scientifically validated behavioral interventions.
Over 25 years of research suggest that early behavioral intervention is essential for the best prognosis. In fact, it is the only treatment method recommended by the U.S. Surgeon General: "Forty years of research demonstrated the efficacy of applied behavioral methods in reducing inappropriate behavior and increasing communication, learning and appropriate social behavior".
Our autism treatment program focuses on the development of language and other foundational skills. Our language training program is based on Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior, which allows us to target all aspects of language.
We commonly see two types of language and behavior related challenges:
We focus on reducing challenging behaviors by teaching appropriate replacement behavior and language skills using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to improve your child's ability to communicate with those around them.
Increased language skills allow your child to engage more effectively with his or her environment which often further reduces challenging behaviors and increases appropriate behaviors.
We use evidenced-best practices and assessment tools to create an individualized treatment plan to address behavioral excesses or deficits related to the child's social interactions.
Social skills programs may focus on language and communication, play and teaching independent life skills such as having a play date with a friend. Social skills programs are designed with life-long behaviors in mind.
Children are learning social norms, tools and strategies that they can take with them throughout their life beyond intervention. Our social skills programs have a strong emphasis on generalizing and mastering that skill outside of the center via schools and community settings where that skill can be used in a functional way.
We complete a thorough assessment of each individual child because each child is unique. An individualized treatment plan is developed through a collaborative approach with parents, teachers, and/or other professionals.
Evidence-based treatments are implemented by a treatment team led by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. We rely on principles and techniques using Applied Behavior Analysis such as reinforcement, modeling, prompting, extinction, providing feedback and applying consistent consequences.
Our individual treatment plans have a strong emphasis on parent involvement and generalization of skills across many environments including the community and home.
Self-help skills are functional skills that build independence, self-confidence and increase the likelihood that a child will be successful across multiple environments.
Basic self-help skills are often essential to decreasing challenging behavior and increasing communications skills such as toilet training, hygiene routines, meal preparation, etc.
Developmentally appropriate self-help skills will make your child more successful across multiple environments and in social settings as he or she ages.