What You Need to Know About Applied Behavior Analysis

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Applied Behavior Analysis, commonly referred to as ABA, is a process of evaluating and understanding specific behaviors, and modifying them using a set of principles and techniques. It has been found effective in the treatment of individuals with autism, both children and adults, and other developmental disorders. ABA techniques can be administered in different settings, such as homes, schools, workplace, clinics, and community centers. It can help in learning and improving life skills and problematic behaviors, and decrease the dependency of people with autism on special services.

When ABA is Used

ABA techniques are generally practiced for helping children and adults with autism as a therapeutic intervention. It allows such people to learn new skills, improve social interactions, and maintain positive behaviors. Moreover, it helps in the transfer and application of behaviors and skills among different situations, controlling circumstances leading to negative behaviors. This ultimately allows an analyst to minimize the chances of the person exhibiting those negative behaviors.

ABA has shown great results in children suffering from autism when applied for at least 25 hours per week, prior to 4 years of age. It allows in managing lifestyle challenges they face on a daily basis that may lead to certain physical and mental health conditions down the line.

ABA in the Light of Scientific Studies

Many studies have been conducted that support the effectiveness of ABA techniques in improving social relationships, communication, self-care, and performance at school, during playtime, or at workplace.  The results indicated improved participation in both community and family activities. Some peer-reviewed studies examined the benefits of using a variety of ABA techniques in combination in individualized, comprehensive early intervention programs for autistic children.

Early intervention programs mean that they are designed for children under the age of 4. They address a wide range of skills, from sociability and communication to readiness for school and self-care. They generally require a total of 25-40 hours of ABA administration per week for about 1 to 3 years to embed the skills and behaviors for a lifetime.

What Results can be Expected from ABA Techniques

ABA based early intervention programs when delivered competently can allow children and adults with autism to make significant changes to many aspects of their life. However, the results are great, but they do take time to become apparent. Some learners require continuous and intensive intervention that improves their condition gradually. Additionally, the rate of progress and effectiveness also varies from person to person based on the level of functioning, age, family support and goals, and a few other factors.

There are situations where learners show rapid progress and acquire skills relatively quickly. However, such progress is generally seen in only few areas such as social interaction or reading, while the analyst has to work hard on other areas to help learners master other skills and improve troubling behaviors.

If you are seeking autism services of an experienced and reliable team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) to help your child with autism through ABA techniques, Cornerstones can help you. Contact us today to discuss your child needs and evaluate different treatment options.

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