Applied Behavior Analysis
Your People’s Care Behavioral Health team will utilize Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in the treatment of multiple developmental and learning disorders, including autism. ABA is the science of behavior used to design interventions that will have a positive and socially significant impact on a person’s life. Your treatment team will be lead by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) beginning with a individualized assessment and treatment plan.
Why is ABA right for my family?
ABA has been validated through decades of research and is a substantially effective treatment of developmental and learning disorders.
“Applied behavior analysis is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree, and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behavior.” (Baer, Wolf & Risley, 1968; Sulzer-Azaroff & Mayer, 1991).
Socially significant behaviors that your team will address include the following:
Communication and language development
Adaptive Living Skills
School Skills and Readiness
Community Based skills
Licensed Mental Health Professional
Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
These principles guide our decision-making and how we structure ABA treatment programs. They are essential to the effectiveness of ABA treatment methods.
1. Applied: Our goal is to teach socially significant skills and create behavior changes that will improve the quality of your child’s life and the life of you and your family.
2. Behavioral: We only work on skills and behaviors that are in need of improvement, are observable and measurable.
3. Analytic: The strategies used must create measurable changes in the behavior consistently.
4. Technological: The strategies used must be written in a way so that others may continue to use those strategies (they must be clearly written, and fully explained) to ensure that other therapists, parents, grandparents, teachers, etc. can use those same strategies.
5. Conceptually Systematic: The behavior changes made should be explained in terms of what ABA treatment methods were used and not some unknown source.
6. Effective: The behavior change should be measurable and significant.
7. Generality: The behavior change should last over time and appear across other persons and environments.
Your team will implement ABA strategies to decrease interfering behaviors while increasing socially appropriate replacement behaviors. Teaching strategies that are utilized may include but are not limited to, discrete trial training, pivotal response training, and natural environment training. These teaching techniques are often blended to effectively personalize learning and individualize interventions for each client’s specific areas of need. Your team will focus on creating a reinforcing environment for learning that encourages growth through effective proactive and reactive strategies.
Our ABA services support individuals and their families across multiple environments. We strive to provide support not only for the individual but also for stakeholders in the person’s growth and development (parents, siblings, teachers, friends, etc.).
Interested in learning more about ABA?
A Book by Makoto Shibutani, BCBA
The ABA Visual Language: Applied Behavior Analysis describes various ABA terms with examples and illustrations. This book is good for students who study ABA, people who are pursuing BCBA®, BCaBA® or RBT®, people who use ABA for their profession, parents who are raising children with Autism and other related disorders and anyone who is interested in learning ABA.
Our very own, Makoto Shibutani BCBA is the author of this amazing book.