BEHAVIORAL THERAPY

ABOUT BEHAVIORAL THERAPY
Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts diligently work with families of children with Autism and other disabilities. Their primary focus is to improve behavior, learning, and skill acquisition via Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the process of studying and modifying behavior.

Effectiveness of ABA has been rigorously tested and proven to benefit many individuals with Autism and other developmental disorders. ABA systematically changes the environment and monitors changed responses from the person, to result in changed behavior or learning of life skills.  ABA first seeks to understand why a behavior is occurring.  Antecedents, behavior and consequences are studied.  Then appropriate techniques are utilized to change behavior.   The most common ABA techniques include task analysis, chaining, prompting, fading, shaping, reinforcement, generalization, and modeling. 

Behaviorists routinely conduct a Functional Behavioral Assessment, or an FBA.  The goal of this test is to determine the purpose of a behavior, usually an unwanted behavior.  Additionally, the factors that maintain the specific behavior are identified.  This leads to the development of a behavior intervention plan, or a BIP.  Your behaviorist will conduct the FBA, collect data, and write a detailed report, including an intervention plan, if warranted.  The behaviorist will then train family members or school staff the proper techniques to modify behavior and collect data.  Of course, your behaviorist checks in frequently to assist in the process, monitor change and revise the plan, if needed. 

Behaviorists regularly consult with a child’s teacher to devise an appropriate academic program for a child on the spectrum.  Most commonly, this is referred to as discreet trail training, or DTT.  A behaviorist would assess, devise, and assist in implementing the appropriate DTT program for your child.