To understand ABA therapy, it’s important to learn more about a large field of scientific study called behavior analysis. Within it, researchers use distinct principles to understand the relationship between a individual’s behavior and their environment, and how one can influence the other. Behavior analysis is a recognized profession that requires specialized training and regulatory practices, overseen by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board® (BACB®).
At Auspice ABA Services, we practice applied behavior analysis, or ABA, which uses systematic, evidence-based methods to improve socially significant behaviors in our clients. Hundreds of studies have shown that ABA is the most effective form of therapy, and it is endorsed by the US Surgeon General.
The term applied means two things in ABA therapy.
Interventions measure behavior and help individuals acquire socially significant behaviors.
Careful programming by the behavior analyst helps individuals use their new skills in situations outside of the therapy setting.
For example, if a individual learns how to slow the pace of rapid eating at Auspice, they can apply that skill while eating at home or a restaurant.
ABA therapy involves multiple treatment steps that help individuals overcome challenging behaviors and develop socially significant skills.
Overcoming Challenging Behavior
Functional Behavior Assessment, or FBA: An FBA is one of the first assessments conducted in ABA therapy when individuals engages in challenging behavior. It is a comprehensive set of assessment procedures to help understand why problem behavior occurs so that the therapist can best provide intervention services. FBA involves an indirect assessment, direct observational data collection and sometimes a systematic, structured assessment called a functional analysis. The results can reveal a cause and effect relationship between a problem behavior and what is maintaining it.
Defining a plan: After assessing challenging behavior, therapists at Auspice develop a collaborative function-based treatment plan with clients to reach a set goal. The team discusses the best therapeutic methods and measurements of success to try under the ABA plan.
Developing New Skills
Systematic instructional procedures: Auspice therapists are trained in the most-effective ways to teach clients. Some of these methods include discrete trial training (or breaking down a task into small, achievable pieces), positive reinforcement, repetition and altering antecedent stimuli. These strategies help individuals learn.
Ongoing assessment: ABA therapy does not end when a goal is met. An effective therapist will continue to support their client, revisiting instruction when needed. The goal is to help the individual continually experience success with their learned skill, in different settings and as they grow.
With the right interventions through ABA therapy, individuals can improve their behaviors and reach their full potential.
From the Director