What is Applied Behavior Analysis? (ABA)
ABA is the science of behavior dedicated to understanding and improving socially significant behavior. ABA is not a single intervention, but isntead is a set of principles to evidence based interventions to increase positive behaviors and decrease negative behaivors. ABA became more widely known in the 1980’s when the first studies with positive outcomes for effective treatment for children with autism were conducted. However, ABA had been around since the 1960’s in many different fields, such as in Education and Mental Health. In 2009 , the National Autism Center released national standards for best practices, for people with autism which includes many behavioral treatments, including Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention.
According to recent studies parent training is paramount to a child's success. Our mission is to help families and caregivers feel empowered to be able to teach their children skills and manage their behavior successfully. At the center, parent training and observation sessions will include a more systematic ABA approach to teaching parents the skills they need to be successful at home with their child.
Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention
Recent studies have indicated that in order to receive best outcomes for children with autism, children must be engaged in treatment for 30 to 40 hours per week. At Greem Mountain Sprouts, children will be provided up to 32 hours of center based services. Depending on the individual needs of the child, services can include a skill building program for communication, social and adaptive skills; a behavior support plan to increase self-regulatory skills and mediate challenging behaviors; as well as a combination of group and 1:1 instruction. Each child's program is overseen by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and is implemented by skilled and experienced Behavior Instructors. Other services offerred include: Discrete Trial Instruction, Verbal Behavior Strategies, Natural Environment Teaching Strategies and Parent Training may be a part of each child's treatment at the center.