Ayers Autism Health
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a teaching method that uses the principles of learning to shape behavior.
ABA Therapy is widely recognized as the most effective, evidence-based treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ABA is also an effective treatment approach for children with ADD and ADHD. ABA is endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
“Applied” means that program goals are focused on learning socially appropriate skills, helping children to be more successful in the home, school, and community settings.
“Behavior Analysis” means that assessments are used to identify the function of a behaviour before choosing an intervention method
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA therapy) is the most prescribed treatment for children with autism. At Therapy and Beyond, we combine ABA, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy for individuals with autism and other developmental differences to maximize treatment effectiveness, gain functional communication skills, and increase independence for each individual.
Clients may participate in a Comprehensive ABA Program, which involves the treatment of developmental domains, such as cognitive, communicative, social, emotional, and adaptive functioning.
These programs tend to range from 26-40 hours of treatment per week (plus direct and indirect supervision and caregiver training). Comprehensive treatment may also be appropriate for older individuals diagnosed with ASD, particularly if they engage in severe or dangerous behaviors across environments.
Focused ABA refers to treatment provided directly to the client for a limited number of behavioral targets, and is appropriate for individuals who:
(a) need treatment only for a limited number of key functional skills,
(b) have such acute problem behavior that its treatment should be the priority or
(c) need support to increase socially appropriate behavior.
These programs tend to range from 10-25 hours per week.