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ABA Therapy

A commitment to meet your kids right where they are

Understanding how learning takes place

Simply put, ABA is a scientific, behavioral management approach. By utilizing basic principles of behavior, special techniques and positive reinforcement it can bring about significant, measurable change. It’s a way to shape and mold actions for effective communication and learning. It has been proven to improve attention, focus, social skills and memory, as well as decrease behaviors such as noncompliance, aggression, self-injury and stereotypy. ABA methods help kiddos replace hindering behaviors so they learn “what to do,” not just “what not to do.”

Everyone excels if given the right opportunities

By now, you’ve likely heard about Applied Behavior Analysis from your pediatrician. Or another parent told you how much it helped her son or daughter. Maybe you read about it online. But what does ABA look like and how does it work? Chances are, you still feel you’re lacking details on what it means for your child.

ABA is a structured, data-driven way to change behavior by looking at what is reinforcing it.

Behavior that is reinforced tends to be repeated and behavior that is not reinforced will dissipate. The practice concentrates on antecedents (environmental situations that occur before the behavior) and consequences.

People often believe “consequences” to be negative, but instead, think about it as what happens after a behavior. In ABA, we focus on the positive side of this principle to teach new skills and minimize other actions. One technique starts with a prompt, and when therapists get the responses they are looking for, they introduce a reinforcer to let the kids know it’s a good thing…a high five, toy, snack or some other kind of praise.

Using ABA to teach consists of breaking down activities into smaller pieces in order to tackle larger goals. For example, to aim for teeth-brushing, it may start with just turning on the water, then removing the cap, putting the toothpaste on the brush, etc. rather than diving all in at once.

It may take a little longer for kids with autism to learn certain tasks that come naturally to others, and it is often because their minds work in a different way. Our goal is to make sure we give them the attention and means to the same opportunities so they can reach their own goals.

 

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Why does Hopebridge focus on ABA?

Thankfully in today’s world there are more options than ever for individuals with autism. At Hopebridge, we choose to focus on ABA therapy because it is an evidence-based, “best” practice treatment.

It is endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General, the National Institutes of Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association…we take that pretty seriously! Many therapeutic methods, such as Verbal Behavior, Discrete Trial Training and Incidental Teaching, are grounded in the principles of ABA. Not only has it passed scientific tests of its usefulness, quality and effectiveness, but we’ve seen it change lives, first hand.

We encourage you to do your research to find what works best for your family. You are welcome to join us for a tour and conversation to learn more about what ABA – integrated with other critical therapies – has to offer.

A new approach to learning

Children on the autism spectrum are capable of learning the same skills as neurotypical children; they just need to use different strategies to get there. Hopebridge focuses on teaching kids the way they learn rather than trying to fit them into some kind of mold. One of the great things about ABA is that its span and scope are broad and encompass multiple areas. In combination with other complementing therapies, skills that can be taught through principles of ABA include (but are not limited to):

  • Communication and language
  • Social interactions
  • Adaptive living
  • Play and leisure
  • Self-care

Benefits of ABA Therapy +

More independence

We use ABA to offer these kids as much independence as possible. It helps teach foundational, daily living and leisure skills so they aren’t as reliant on others to get them through the day.

Reduction of behaviors

Children with autism can have difficulties with extracurricular activities because maladaptive behaviors aren’t manageable. ABA is effective in reducing these so they have the opportunity to engage.

Measurable, positive reinforcement

We are able to see responses in different environments by rewarding behaviors, making it so we can expect to see them again in the future and document progress along the way.

Divide goals into smaller wins

Change doesn’t come from broad sweeping goals. Our therapists have it down to a fine science with daily battles (and time to dedicate to them) and tiny goals added together to produce results.

Intensive environment

Efforts are intense over an extended period of time to give the proper attention. Therapy isn’t capped at 1-2 hours a week…especially because the interfering behavior may last that long!

Not specific to autism

ABA isn't only designed for children with autism or disabilities. It's a method that encourages change in behaviors. Anyone can benefit from the strategies, from babies to teams in a workplace.