What is ABA? Behavior Analysis is the science of behavior. Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the application of empirically derived treatment protocols that have social validity. These methods and protocols are used to change a person's behavior in socially significant ways. ABA may help a child learn social, language and self-help skills or decrease problem behavior.
Each child's needs are different and therefore, the goals may differ. The treatment plans are based on the assessment. ABA has scientific evidence as being an effective treatment for children on the autism spectrum. Research also suggests that in order for it to be the most effective, it needs to be intense (at least 20 hours per week) and consistent.
ABA also helps to intervene as early as possible. There may be situations where parents desire ABA services only to address specific areas of concern. In those cases, the schedule of services per week would be less. Data collection methods are used on objectives that are operationally defined to help determine a child's progress and to help achieve goals.
Some of the techniques used include breaking down behaviors into smaller parts and teaching them one at a time, using signs in conjunction with the verbalization of words to teach language, and reinforcement used under specific schedules to motivate the child to demonstrate the desired behavior.
Skills may be taught to increase deficits in a particular area or as replacement behaviors when using a behavior reduction plan for problem behavior. Replacement behaviors teach the child appropriate skills that help replace the problem behavior. If you want to learn more about ABA, contact Real Hope Real Help in Flower Mound, Texas. We accept insurance, and we can assist you with the coverage.