What is ABA?

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the science of applying experimentally derived principles of behavior to improve socially significant behavior. ABA takes what we know about behavior and uses it to bring about real-world, meaningful change (Applied). Behaviors are defined in observable and measurable terms in order to assess change over time (Behavior). Behaviors are analyzed within the environment to determine what factors are influencing the behavior (Analysis).

  • ABA has a robust research base. Over 40 years of experimental research have supported and refined ABA techniques.
  • ABA can be used on any behavior, with anyone or any group.  ABA has been used to: understand and teach language (Verbal Behavior), treat challenging behavior (Behavior Modification), help manage workforces (Occupational Behavior Management), manage classrooms, train teachers/ parents/ caregivers, teach individuals with autism and developmental disabilities, and much, much more.
  • ABA therapy typically refers to skill acquisition programs that use the science of ABA. 40 years ago, Dr. Ivar Lovaas (www.lovaas.com) used ABA with a small group of children with autism. He has now been given the credit for massive explosion and recognition of ABA regularly used for children with developmental delays.

Bottom line: ABA works. If ABA is not working then it is the program, not the child, that is “broken”. ABA is a science, and therefore it is consistently monitored and changed according to the data.

ABA Therapy at Inspire

Inspire Behavior will create a program around YOUR child’s needs. Your child will have short-term measurable objectives. If we don’t see progress over a few sessions, INSTRUCTIONAL strategies are modified. Inspire Behavior believes that it is the responsibility of the EDUCATOR to create the environment that allows your child to master objectives. Your child can and will learn.

  • Individualized assessments.  Assessments will be individualized to meet the needs of your child and your family. Two commercial assessments we currently use are the Assessment of Basic Learning and Language Skills (ABLLS) and the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP).
  • Goal setting. Observable and measurable goals will be created based on your child’s individualized assessment.
  • Teaching techniques.  We use techniques that are grounded in behavioral research. We use both discrete trial training (DTT) which is the direct instruction of skills and Natural Environment Training (NET) in order to generalize those skills, or use them in the real world.
  • Progress Monitoring.  Data on your child’s goals will be collected each session. Changes to your child’s program (e.g., new goals, instructional strategies) will be based on this data.
  • Family involvement.  Every child’s needs and family environment are different. Inspire Behavior will work to meet these needs as best as possible. The more actively you participate in your child’s therapy, the better his outcomes will be!

Intervention Level

  • The amount of sessions and time needed is individualized to the age of the child and the level of need. The behaviorist can train parent/s to do additional sessions at home. The behaviorist can also train your child’s teacher, aide, pre-school teacher or any other educator. It is recommended that your child is in an inclusive program as soon as possible and that all staff is appropriately trained. Your child’s generalization of learned skills will be accomplished much faster with a more intensive, consistent intervention.
  • Inspire Behavior uses ABA in every intervention and will see clients for 1 to 2 hrs per week for individual behavior change appointments when parents wish to focus on a few behaviors- not an entire program. Come in and let’s discuss what it would take to master these changes! There is no minimum hours requirement for this.
  • Inspire Behavior will create an individualized FULL ABA program from 3 to 15 hrs per week (a minimum commitment of at least 3 hours per week is required) Inspire Behavior is also available to supervise and monitor your in-home ABA programs.
  • American Pediatrics recommends at least 25 hours a week for effective treatment of autism. This can include your interactions at home and your child’s school settings provided they are trained in ABA and are implementing the principles.