Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) concentrates on the factors that explain how learning is achieved. One factor is positive reinforcement, which means a specific behavior is performed only under the condition of an expected reward. There have been numerous techniques developed in the field that are more effective and safe for behavioral learning.
Therapists use ABA to develop meaningful and positive changes in behavior. An Analyst begins by observing a child in their own environment, then they are able to determine which behaviors to target/modify and develop a treatment plan. With the help of the parents, caretakers, teachers and other therapists, they implement this plan and track the child’s progress, adjusting treatment when necessary. Behavior analysts work with young children experiencing autism and related disorders. There have been numerous techniques developed to help learners with autism build useful skills for communicating through adulthood. They can involve classroom lessons or everyday applications where social interaction opportunities are available.
Autism Treatment with ABA
ABA is a safe and recommended treatment for those with autism. It is also an ideal treatment for a variety of behavioral disorders or deficits. A number of state institutions and federal agencies have endorsed the treatment, including the U.S. Surgeon General and the New York State Department of Health.
ABA Shadow (Behavior Interventionist, AKA 1:1)?
A Behavior Interventionist is placed in the classroom setting with the child to provide continuous behavior modification techniques, using ABA. By addressing behavioral challenges in the child’s own environment, we are able to target specific behaviors and triggers. This allows us to provide the most efficient and effective treatment. The goal of an BI is to replace disruptive or harmful behaviors with positive actions and habits. Once a treatment plan has been established, a BI will work with the child and parents to set goals, assess progress and modify the treatment plan when necessary.
The U.S. has seen a dramatic increase in the use of ABA to improve the lives of those affected by autism. ABA principles and techniques can improve essential skills such as listening, hearing, sight, and advanced skills such as reading and understanding. ISLP develops comprehensive ABA programs in Beverly Hills that can present a tremendous difference in the lives of autism patients.