ABA and Autism
Applied Behavior Analysis is a type of therapy that understands how behaviors happen in real life situations. It is tailored to the individual needs of the clients. The goal is to improve the overall language/ communications skills, social skills, and reducing maladaptive behaviors.
ABA programs are individualized per the need of the client and consists of teaching strategies like Discrete Trial Training (DTT), and Naturalistic Environmental Teaching (NET). Both types of teaching help provide a learning environment that focuses on learning the new skill that is a part of individuals everyday life. ABA teaches complex skills by breaking them down into smaller steps. This teaching strategy is known as Total Task Analysis.
ABA therapy programs can help:
- Decrease problem behaviors
- Increase language and communication skills
- Teach new skills
- Improve attention, focus, social skills, memory, and academics