ABA is defined as the science in which the principles of the analysis of behavior are applied systematically to improve socially significant behaviors. ABA uses principles and procedures to increase skill deficits (things we don't do enough of) and decrease skill excesses (things we do too much of). ABA focuses on why the behavior occurs and replaces it with functionally appropriate replacement behaviors.
Our staff at Orange Pediatric Therapy will first begin with a criterion referenced assessment to provide information about skills in your child’s current repertoire. These are designed not to diagnose but simply measure what skills your child is currently able to perform and what they should be learning next. These assessments are excellent for program development. Our staff at Orange Pediatric Therapy use The Assessment of Basic Language (ABLLS), The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) or the Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS). Once the assessment has been completed, an individualized treatment plan will be created. Our unique therapy approach to teaching skills is what makes us AWESOME!!
To promote generalization of skill acquisition, therapy will be conducted in the clinic, home and school environment.
Teaching Strategies Include:
- Verbal Behavior
- Natural Environment Training
- Discrete Trial Training
- Prompting and Fading
- Chaining and Shaping
- Errorless Teaching Procedures
- Planned Ignoring
- Direct Instruction
- Incidental Teaching
- Preference Based Teaching
- Differential Reinforcement
- Environmental and Activity Modification
- Premack Principal
The use of the aforementioned strategies have been proven highly successful in improving functional communication skills, self-help skills, social skills, academic skills, and compliance skills while also being extremely successful at reducing problematic behaviors.