What is ABA
ABA Therapy comes in many forms. While many people think that ABA is simply about reducing unwanted behaviors, it is actually the way we teach and support children acquiring new adaptive behaviors as well. Typically the services are provided in your home. Just like every person with autism is different, every person’s treatment plan will be different. Do you see your child doing very structured activities at a table top to learn school readiness skills? Do you have a picture in your mind of your child on the floor of the playroom with all their favorite toys, starting to use language to share their wants and needs? Or do you see your teenager who has struggled to make friends join into a group of welcoming teens to talk about the latest version of a popular video game? All of these visions could be supported by the use of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
Sometimes programming may consist of you and a Behavior Analyst sitting and talking about your worries and dreams for your child, and designing together the steps towards reaching those goals. Other times, a Behavior Technician will be demonstrating techniques to set limits and help teach the boundaries needed for a child to be included in the community and be safe. Therapy can happen in all places … we refer to them as environments. Therapy happens at the dinner table, in the tub, at the local library and in even in your place of worship. ABA is the technology through which we learn and support everyday skills needed to have a full and meaningful life.
Connect Plus strives to work with the family using person centered approaches to decide how services with be delivered. What does “person centered” really mean? It means that programming takes into consideration the person receiving therapy and their motivations. What does the person and their family see for their future? What supports are needed to achieve the vision?
Connect Plus Therapy provides the full range of ABA services:
- We begin with The Early Start Denver Model to shape up skills in young learners that are the foundation of communication and treat the core deficits of autism.
- We will use Discrete Trial Teaching, when necessary, to break down difficult skills.
- Then quickly move to Natural Environment Teaching to ensure generalization of skills.
- We employ Verbal Behavior Therapy to focus on increasing expressive communication using B.F. Skinner’s comprehensive view of language development.
- We use Pivotal Response Treatment for early learners to support parent training and emphasize the treatment of the social deficits.
- We follow the Early Start Denver Model, which is developmentally sensitive and focuses on the necessity of joint attention and the nonverbal communication necessary to developing healthy social relationships.