Applied Behavior Analysis for Autism Spectrum Disorders
What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) can help persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) live happy and productive lives. ABA techniques can reduce undesirable behaviors and foster new skills such as looking, listening and imitating, as well as complex skills such as reading, conversing and understanding another person’s perspective.
According to the National Institute for Mental Health, “While there’s no proven cure yet for autism spectrum disorders, treating ASD early, using school-based programs, and getting proper medical care can greatly reduce ASD symptoms and increase your child’s ability to grow and learn new skills.”
“Research has shown that intensive behavioral therapy [such as applied behavior analysis] during the toddler or preschool years can significantly improve cognitive and language skills in young children with ASD.”
ABA is a widely accepted as a safe and effective treatment for ASD. In fact, Michigan law mandates that insurance companies pay for treatment of ASD specifies that ABA be used as the treatment.
What to Look for in an ABA Program
While there is no single best treatment for all children with ASD, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently noted common features of effective early intervention programs. These features include:
- Begin as soon as a child has been diagnosed with ASD.
- Provide focused and challenging learning activities at the proper developmental level for the child.
- Provide special training for parents and family members.
- Measure and record each child’s progress and adjust the intervention program as needed.
- Guide the child in adapting learned skills to new situations and settings and maintaining learned skills.
- Use a curriculum focused on language and communication, social skills, self-help and daily living skills, research-based methods to reduce challenging behaviors (such as aggression and tantrums), and school-readiness skills (such as letter recognition and counting).
Why Choose ABA at Pine Rest?
- Communication skills
- Academic skills
- Social skills
- Recreation / play and leisure
- Physical education / motor skills
We train parents and caregivers so you are empowered with techniques that can make a difference in your child’s life.
We track data on all areas being addressed so treatment progress can be easily measured and procedures and goals can be adjusted as needed.
We strive to provide the broadest range of research-based treatments that are in-line with National Institute for Mental Health and American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations.
ABA evaluations and services are provided by board certified behavior analysts (BCBA).
Charges are based on the type of evaluation provided, and most types of insurance are accepted. An intake coordinator and insurance specialist help navigate complex insurance issues. Some assistance is available for those with financial need.
“Our Team utilizes powerful tools and strategies based on Applied Behavior Analysis to reduce problem behaviors and to teach life skills. We have been successful in expanding communication, social, independent living, recreation, and academic skills in a measurable fashion.”