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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, is the process of systematically applying interventions based on the principles of "learning theory" to improve socially significant behaviors.  

Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), and support staff are dedicated to improving the quality of lives of both children and their families, who are affected with autism spectrum disorder.  Easter Seals Michigan (ESM) skilled and energetic ABA technicians use your child's motivation and interests to deliver intensive 1:1 ABA Therapy, anywhere from 5-30 hours per week, as determined through comprehensive cognitive and behavioral assessments.  Parent interview, input, and concerns are critical factors in the identification of applicable and functional ABA Treatment goals.  

ESM staff use the "power of positive reinforcement" to foster meaningful and concrete behavior change, while simultaneously reducing the maladaptive behaviors counterparts that interfere with the learning process.  Our ABA Treatment Plan and programs are supervised and monitored by a BCBA to ensure accurate ABA implementation with fidelity.  Approximately every 3-6 months, your child's comprehensive ABA Treatment Plan will be re-assessed, reviewed, and modified (with parent input) to reflect the ever-changing needs of your child.  

ESM’s ABA Program offers both home and center-based options, with flexible scheduling to meet the diverse needs of our families.  Our ABA Program targets all areas of development, as our ABA Team maintains continued consultation with our "on-site" social worker, speech, and occupational therapists.

Parent and family skills training, coaching and continued consultation is a critical component to our ABA Program at ESM.  Research shows that family understanding and application of ABA strategies and techniques, within the home, can significantly increase the success of the child.  Therefore, we offer monthly on-site interactive parent trainings and coaching sessions to assist in typical family issues such as: potty training, sibling rivalry, aggressive behaviors, feeding and sleep issues, stereotypic behaviors, alternative augmentative communication systems, engagement strategies and more. 

 

  

"If they can't learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn"

 Ole Ivar Lovaas

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