Questions about Applied Behavior Analysis
What is ABA Therapy?
Often, ABA is a term used to refer to a therapy for individuals with Autism. However, ABA or Applied Behavior Analysis is a scientific discipline that addresses socially significant problems through the use of empirically based methods and techniques.
How will ABA therapy help my child?
Our approach to therapy is not to teach a child everything they should know but rather to teach them how to learn. In every case, we can show documented improvement in learning across every client. If a client seeks our intensive intervention services to address skill deficits, we see skills enhanced. If a client seeks our services to address behavioral challenges, we see those challenges dissipate and the situation improved.
Do you use any other methodologies besides ABA?
Behavioral Innovations supports the use of any evidence-based methods used for treatment within the scope of behavior analysis practice.
When I talk to providers about behavioral therapy, how do I figure out which methodology will provide the best help for my child?
The best course of action for any parent is to be systematic and pragmatic when evaluating treatment options. Parents are confronted by many treatment options, some will work effectively and some will not. The only way to truly evaluate what is effective is to introduce a method and evaluate the outcome. If more than one method is introduced simultaneously, it becomes more difficult to evaluate the efficacy of each method or treatment. Applied Behavior Analysis is one of the most evidence based practices available and it’s effectiveness at impacting the lives of those with Autism is unparalleled.
Our doctor said that my child was a little slow in developing and that I should just wait. That’s OK, isn’t it?
While it’s certainly possible that over time your child might continue to improve in their skills, we believe that a “wait and see” approach has little research based validity and therefore would suggest that obtaining an assessment and considering treatment services, if recommended, is always the best course of action.
My child is getting help from other providers such as ECI, a Speech Therapist and/or an Occupational Therapist… isn’t that enough?
At Behavioral Innovations, we view these providers as valuable resources, but not ones that necessarily provide the level of intensity necessary to impact a person diagnosed with Autism or another diagnoses on the Autism Spectrum. It is important that the determination of what amount or type of therapy is most effective for any client is individually determined.
If your child is receiving services from another provider, we would like to partner with them in order to provide a comprehensive treatment plan.