ABA Therapy

Why Behavior Therapy? ABA is a treatment that helps change potentially self-destructing behaviors. It is also called behavioral modification or cognitive behavioral therapy. It is meant to replace bad habits with good ones. The therapy also helps your child cope with difficult situations in various social contexts.

Settings we support: Home-based services are provided directly in the home and community locations, daily service is needed to change behaviors and habits. However, Cornerstones also offers Center Based Therapy for children who need to facilitate the ability to modify to different environments such as school or social and after school activities. We provide therapy on week days and on weekends. Schedules are individualized to meet the needs of the child. Since Cornerstones is becoming a multi-disciplinary service provider we look at the child from all angles, from sensory, motor, cognitive, emotional and behavioral. We hold a team of dedicated therapists to allow us evaluate the child’s needs to ensure he gets all he needs under one umbrella.

At Cornerstones Therapy Center this treatment is provided by a skilled behavioral therapists under the supervision and within the program management of a certified BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst). The program is specifically tailored to suit the individual child and his/her needs.

Potential targets we could work on at the center with your child:

  • Participation during celebratory events or special occasions
  • Requesting a turn, or sharing items while playing
  • Facilitating “play dates” or social dyads with other peers at the clinic
  • Initiating or responding to greetings from adults and peers
  • Facilitating appropriate play with another child
  • Participating during small group instruction

More about ABAIf you want to read more

ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) involves working on specific measurable goals important to the quality of life of child and family, including both teaching appropriate behavior and making inconsistent appropriate behavior consistent, and reducing inappropriate behavior as well. Behavior worked on is measured and changes are made in supports as needed so meaningful progress is made, and generalization of skills from the teaching situation (materials, location, person, etc.) to others is assessed and worked on as needed.

This is done by: providing lots of structured opportunities to practice skills (e.g., waiting for something, walking safely, following everyday directions, asking for things nicely, tolerating no, taking turns, etc.)

  • Reinforcing appropriate behavior with something found to be motivating to make appropriate behavior more likely to occur
  • Redirecting inappropriate behavior
  • Using visuals and clear simple directions to convey expectations of the child (e.g., first/then pictures, schedules, etc.)
  • Providing choices when appropriate
  • Training people who will support the child

If you’d like to learn more about our Center in Oak Lawn, please give us a call at 1-224-572-8739

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Are you looking for ABA services for your child in the comfort of your home? Are you looking for less stress in your life? Cornerstones Autism Services can help.

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