How Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy Works

How Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy Works

Every individual child is a gift – We help them reach their full potential

Our clients can start from as early as a few months of age, or they can start in adulthood. It’s never too early or too late to begin treatment. With or without a developmental or special disabilities diagnosis, our main goal is to design an individual learning plan tailored to the client’s needs.

Our clinicians identify the specific challenge(s) of each child or individual’s experience in the home, school, and community, and design & implement programs to provide excellent care to help and support to achieve personal success.

Because behavior is learned, it can be unlearned.  This is the basis of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), an evidence-based approach that understands and changes behavior to improve quality of life.  It helps children and individuals meet behavioral goals, and addresses other domains such as language and communication, social skills, play skills, and self-help skills.  ABA is very effective in helping individuals with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, however, ABA can help anyone, regardless of diagnosis.  ABA therapy can evaluate and identify areas that need to improve and create a behavior plan to get the client where they need to be. By analyzing how an individual’s current behaviors function –  how behaviors meet needs in a particular environment – a behavior analyst can identify ways to modify the environment and teach new skills that will improve an individual’s health and safety, communication, social relationships, and ability to master the skills needed for independent living.

ABA is based on scientifically proven methods, peer-reviewed research, and well-established principles of learning, and is an evidence-based treatment for individuals on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disorders. Treatment works best when administered in a warm, caring environment that doesn’t ignore each child or young adult’s need for kindness, humor, and joy to help them become motivated. At CARE, we treat the whole person and recognize that many children and young adults on the spectrum may have gifts and abilities many “non-autistic” individuals lack and that proper treatment can help them make use of their gifts.

Above all, we recognize the human needs of those diagnosed with autism, no matter where they fall on the spectrum. We help families, friends, and your loved ones to become their own best advocates, allowing them to feel empowered and more in control of their own lives.

Our success as adults depends upon our emotional, organizational and social skills.  When a child is displaying challenging behaviors and/or delays in skills, the caregiver/parents and loved ones become concerned.  CARE clinicians are trained to recognize symptoms, and customize programs to provide ultimate support for the individual and family.

ABA is the foundation for initiating skill development across domains. There are life-changing benefits that come with improving skills in the areas of language, communication, socialization, self-help, including dressing and grooming skills, toilet training, and sleep training. All of these skills lead to a more independent and fulfilling life for many with special needs.

Whether your loved one has autism, attention deficit, or is exhibiting behaviors that may seem out of control, we will work with you every step of the way to provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to meet these challenges with skill and confidence.

The programs are designed to help children and individuals learn necessary skills to recognize and respond appropriately to their emotions.  Our clinicians assess and treat each individual through the therapeutic process of healthy emotional development.

Through behavior services, our team provides the therapeutic support necessary to build self-management skills in the area of emotions and behavior.