Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that affects communication, social behavior, and development. Autism affects 1 in 58 children in the United States, but, with early diagnosis, intervention, and behavioral techniques, children with autism can live full, engaging lives in the community.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a science dedicated to the understanding and improvement of human behavior. Behavior analysts focus on defining behaviors of social significance, often referred to as target behaviors. By socially significant, we mean that the behaviors targeted are those that are valuable to the client in their environment or may cause harm or interfere with a person’s learning.
Behavior analysts intervene to improve target behaviors while demonstrating a reliable relationship between the intervention and improvements in behavior. Once an effective intervention is in place, ongoing data collection occurs. Behavior analysts develop programs for generalization and maintenance to ensure that the behavior maintains over time and across different settings and people. Behavior analysts also train staff and caregivers to implement all interventions in order to facilitate a consistent protocol.
ABA is a research-backed, scientific approach for identifying environmental variables that influence behavior of social significance and for developing a functionally related program/plan for behavior change. ABA also focuses on skill acquisition.
In addition, to ensure all families have a clear understanding of what ABA is we do feel it is necessary to also include what is NOT considered ABA. The items listed below are services that are NOT ABA, but they are actual services that can be located for your child if they are needed.
• Respite Care
• Personal Care Assistant (PCA)
• Child Care
• Individual Counseling for child or parent
Your child’s team will most likely have one Consultant and one or two Behavior Technicians/Registered Behavior Technicians (at times could be three). We follow the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) guidance to ensure staff are all properly credentialed to provide ABA treatment.
All Consultants will have a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) credential from the BACB in order to provide treatment.
All Behavior Technicians on your child’s team will either already be a certified Registered Behavior Technician (BT/RBT) or they will be a Behavior Technician (BT) and will be in the process of receiving their Certification with the BACB.
Contact us for more information, Nick Siemers, Director of Autism phone: 843-214-3625 or via email email@example.com
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