What is ABA therapy?
What is ABA therapy?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science of understanding the foundations of learning. ABA therapy is widely recognized as the most effective, evidence-based treatment for ASD and is endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General and American Academy of Pediatrics. ABA therapy uses systematic, evidence-based methods to improve socially significant behavior in children with ASD. ABA therapy involves multiple treatment steps that help children overcome challenging behaviors and develop socially significant skills.
ABA therapy for children under age 5
Research shows that the best practice for ABA therapy with children under age 5 is therapy designed to be implemented in the child's natural setting, usually in the home, and consisting of targeting developmentally-appropriate skills with a strong component of parent training and family involvement. This type of intervention targets learning opportunities that are naturally embedded throughout child and family’s existing daily routines. The intervention is geared toward the child’s developmental level to build foundations in the core areas needed to reach developmental milestones (i.e., joint attention and responding), and taps into utilizing engagement and motivation to enhance key areas of development.
At Elevated Kids we implement Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention, or NDBI, under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). NDBI is considered best practice for young children with ASD, combining the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and developmental science to improve a range of areas in child development; such as communication, social engagement, joint attention, imitation, play skills, peer interaction, and challenging behaviors.
The overarching approaches and strategies of NDBI include:
- Providing opportunities for a child’s skill building in the context of interactive, natural settings across a range of daily routines, social interactions, and play activities
- Emphasizing the use of environmental reinforcers that are directly related to the activity presented
- Following the child’s play interests to guide activities and capture learning opportunities to increase motivation and engagement for learning interchanges
- An overarching emphasis on the child’s social engagement and building meaningful interactions within the learning context
- Explicit focus on coaching parents on the techniques to promote learning, engagement, and connection throughout daily family routines