ABA Services - Beginning September 2017
ABA services offered through cyberschools only at this time 4.18
What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis is a science which focuses on behavior and its relationship to its environment. The goal of ABA is to provide individualized support based on proven methodologies and strategies supported by research and conceptualized treatments. The United States Surgeon General (1999) concluded, “Thirty years of research demonstrated the efficacy of applied behavioral analysis in reducing maladaptive behaviors and increasing communication and appropriate social behavior.” ABA provides an in-depth study of the individual, what she/he holds as important and builds and establishes a foundation for learning taking into consideration that individual’s social support.
Who implements ABA?
An initial assessment is completed and an individualized plan is developed for each child following the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The plan is implemented by trained one-to-one behavior technicians and overseen by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) is a graduate-level certification in behavior analysis. Professionals who are certified at the BCBA level are independent practitioners who provide behavior-analytic services. In addition, BCBAs supervise the work of Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts, Registered Behavior Technicians, and others who implement behavior-analytic interventions. http://bacb.com/
What is the goal of Applied Behavior Analysis?
The basic purpose of ABA is to support individuals learning by using methods for teaching/learning rooted in Skinner’s work on behavior. We focus on behaviors which impede an individual’s ability to communicate and integrate into their community. The targeted goal is reached through specifying the factors controlling behaviors and teaching alternative ways for individuals to get their needs met. The individual is seen as an essential part of their community. Family, friends and pertinent community support are important for lasting behavioral change. ABA does not use tricks in a bag method but rather implements the principles, concepts, and strategies which have been shown to decrease maladaptive/problem behavior while increasing targeted skills. Skill deficits may occur in language and communication, participation in self-care activities, eye contact and social pragmatics, among other areas.
What makes ABA therapy at Bethlehem Pediatric Therapy services different?
We see the child as a whole and therefore, it is of most importance for everyone who is supporting that child to be able to communicate about goals and skills being targeted and provide synchronous interventions for better results. At Bethlehem Pediatric Therapy services Our Behavior Analysts and Behavioral Technicians collaborate with our staff of specialized Occupational,
Speech and Physical therapists to provide comprehensive services. Our Occupational therapists work with ABA technicians on meeting a child’s sensory needs at home, developing feeding programs, work on strength and coordination for self-care and fine and gross motor skills. Our Speech therapists help ABA technicians to address deficits in communication and pragmatics/ social skills. Our Physical therapists and ABA technicians collaborate on the individual needs of the child.