What is ABA Therapy?

ABA Therapy for Children & Adolescents with Autism

Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based treatment and is widely recognized as the single most effective treatment for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In fact, ABA has been endorsed as an effective intervention for autism by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the United States Surgeon General.

For treatment to be most effective, it must be intensive. Research studies on the effectiveness of ABA interventions found that in order for treatment to be most effective, the recommended hours of treatment for each individual must be administered.

What does an ABA therapy program include?

The SEED Center staff integrates the practical applications of ABA principles across a variety of everyday experiences. ABA programming begins by evaluating the child’s current level of functioning including communication, social, academic and self-help skills. Information gathered through the assessment process is used to create an individualized ABA Program with measurable goals and objectives. An ABA program typically includes:

  • Positive Reinforcement
  • Discrete Trial
  • Prompting
  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Visual Supports
  • Generalization
  • Parent / Caregiver Training
  • Re-Assessment

What are common treatment components of ABA therapy?

  • Adaptive and Self-care Skills
  • Attention and Social Referencing
  • Cognitive Functioning
  • Community Participation
  • Coping and Tolerance Skills
  • Emotional Development
  • Family Relationships
  • Language and Communication
  • Play and Leisure Skills
  • Pre-Academic Skills
  • Reduction of Interfering or Inappropriate Behaviors
  • Safety Skills
  • Self-Advocacy and Independence
  • Self-Management
  • Social Relationships
  • Job Skills

A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or Licensed Psychologist supervises all ABA therapists.

ABA Therapy for Young Children

Since research supports early diagnosis and early intervention, The SEED Center specializes in helping young children with ASD. Early intervention helps individuals and families who are impacted by ASD by offering intensive ABA therapy, parent training, and social skills groups. Focusing on early intervention from infancy to age five will help ensure that a child is receiving the necessary care and attention. Additionally, we assist children transitioning into school.

ABA Therapy for Adolescents and Adults

ABA programming begins by evaluating the adolescent or adult’s current level of functioning including communication, social, life and job skills. Information gathered through the assessment process is used to create an individualized program with measurable goals and objectives. ABA therapy for adolescents and adults focuses on life skills and job skills. Life skills are essential as they give individuals more independence and control over their lives including daily living skills, self-determination, and interpersonal skills. Job skills are essential as they give individuals the opportunity to contribute to society in a meaningful manner. Job skills participants gain valuable employment skills that are utilized in career exploration, volunteering, and competitive employment opportunities.