Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy (ABA Therapy)
Autism is a common behavioral disorder that can significantly impact a
child’s success in social settings and academic environments. While
there is not a cure for autism, there are many highly researched behavioral
techniques that can allow individuals with autism to adapt and change
problematic behaviors for more positive future growth. Applied Behavior
Analysis (ABA) therapy, for example, is a widely adapted discipline in
managing autism which creates an understanding of behaviors and the way
they are affected by environmental changes in both a physical and social
sense. At The Behavior Exchange in Plano, every aspect of our services is
based on ABA. Our approach is uniquely designed for every child. From one-on-one sessions
to group therapy to real-life situations, our treatments are personalized
to meet our client’s needs.
What Is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis has a broad definition. In the most basic terms,
ABA is a system that uses objective data to guide an individual’s
behavior. It is intended to reduce harmful or distracting behaviors while
increasing positive behaviors that promote productive learning. Techniques
such as positive reinforcement or modeling are often utilized within ABA
to achieve the personalized goals of each child based on parent consultations
and observations of the child.
How Does ABA Affect People with Autism?
ABA was originally developed in the 1960s, and it has been continuously
researched and validated since with ongoing peer-reviewed studies. Through
decades of research, ABA has proven to be highly effective in building
life skills—particularly with early intervention. ABA can also be
useful for adults with autism, though research in this group has not been
nearly as extensive. Below you can get a closer look at what ABA has to
offer to individuals at any age in need of behavioral therapy for autism.
Personalized therapy – Applied Behavior Analysis almost always begins with intensive one-on-one
sessions that create areas of focus for therapy. Group therapy and social
skill programs may be used down the road or in addition to solo sessions,
but these are still guided with the highly personalized attention of ABA.
Life skills development – Through ABA, children may learn a number of essential life skills such
as following instructions, language and communication, motor skills, and
self-help. These skills are integral to the classroom environment and
will serve as valuable life skills in later years as well.
Ongoing progress – One of the distinctive benefits of ABA is measurement through objective
data. This provides a definitive view of the progress that a child is
making and the areas where therapy is insufficient.
If your child is struggling with social and academic skills, connecting
with The Behavior Exchange may be the first step in finding appropriate
solutions. We take the time to listen to your concerns and attentively
care for children to promote success in all aspects of life. To get to
know us better, call our Plano center at (888) 716-8084.