Applied Behavior Analysis

Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities Applied Behavior Analysis Program (ABA Program)

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“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn” – O. Fred Donaldson

“The quality of human life, perhaps even the survival of life as we know it, depends on finding ways to make everyone’s environment more nurturing–less coercive and more caring, supportive of human development, and focused on doing what works.” – Anthony Biglan, 2015

ABA and Your Child

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is considered one of the most effective treatments for children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. ABA can be used with your child to help increase desired behaviors and decrease undesired behaviors. ABA can help children with:

  • Verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Play skills
  • Joint attention
  • Self-help skills
  • Social skills
  • Disruptive behavior

Assessment

In order to better understand your child’s unique needs, one of our Board Certified Behavior Analysis (BCBAs) will perform an assessment. This might include direct behavioral observations, Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) checklist and the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) as well as other assessments as needed.

Information gathered from one-on-one discussions with you, as well as the assessments, will help our BCBA specialists determine individualized treatment goals for your child. These goals will be reviewed with you prior to your child starting treatment in our Early Intervention Clinic or with our Focused Outpatient services. 

Early Intervention Clinic (EIC)

The EIC consists of patients with an autism diagnosis from ages 12 months to three and half years old. Our BCBAs utilize an ESDM focused treatment program that combines ABA principles with developmental psychology and is specifically designed for very young children.

Your child will receive treatment services Monday through Friday either in the morning or afternoon for 15 or more hours per week. Additionally, parents are encouraged to participate in weekly training sessions to enhance parent child interactions. 

Focused Outpatient Clinic

Outpatient ABA services at Children’s Health can supplement your child’s other treatments or serve as a stand-alone treatment for specific situations. After an initial assessment, a specific therapy schedule will be determined based on your child’s individualized needs. The outpatient clinic is a resource for families looking for one or more of the following services:

  • Parent advice, guidance and training
  • Treatment of a specific or focused behavior
  • Follow-up and assessment needs
  • Treatment option while waiting for more intensive services