Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a therapy based on behaviorism, or a theory that proposes that behaviors are regulated by the environment of the person. ABA therapy can be used to increase communication (verbal and nonverbal), attention, working memory, mental, and academic skills. It can also help address or decrease the frequency and intensity of problematic behaviors, like tantrums or hypersensitivities to the five senses.
ABA therapies can include specific approaches, such as Discrete Trial Learning, Incidental Teaching, Verbal Behavior and more. Depending on the initial assessment conducted by the ABA therapist, you will receive recommendations for the specific approach and frequency of therapy. Some therapies, like Discrete Trail Learning (helps a child acquire a skill through repetition and subsequent reinforcement over and over again), may require multiple hours per week of commitment. But this can be reduced over time as the person progresses toward the target skill or behavior.
Following extensive psychological research with diverse populations, ABA has considered an evidence-based or scientifically supported therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder (including high functioning Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome), Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. ABA therapy involves measuring behavioral changes over time and providing strategies for changing or encouraging positive behaviors. Thus, this therapy is trusted to lead to promising outcomes for children and adults who do not respond well to traditional talk therapy.
In addition to offering Autism Spectrum Disorder testing and evaluations including the gold-standard (ADOS 2), we offer ABA therapy with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. ICPS offers ABA therapy for children, teens, and adults of culturally and racially diverse identities.
Because we know the importance of Autism diagnoses and treatment, we strive to offer inclusive, effective, and trusted services in all we do.