What is ABA Therapy?
- October 29, 2021
One of the #1 questions we get is: What exactly is ABA therapy?
Well… ABA therapy stands for Applied Behavior Analysis. Essentially, we focus on decreasing problem behaviors for children through an individualized approach that centers on positive reinforcement and increasing desired behaviors. We are only offering ABA for children with autism at our center, however, ABA can be beneficial for all children and adults.
Many children are already in speech and occupational therapy. While these are also great tools to help improve your child’s communication and motor skills, we highly recommend ABA therapy to help address specific behaviors and social skills.
ABA therapy is a big commitment. Depending on the child, it can be anywhere from 10-40 hours a week. It is covered by most insurances. During their sessions, children work with their own Behavior Technician. Activities include playing games, coloring, and anything else the child enjoys doing. These sessions are overseen by a BCBA (Board-Certified Behavior Analyst). The BCBA assesses each child, and based on the assessment creates an individualized treatment program that targets things like social skills, communication, adaptive skills, and gross and fine motor skills.
Caregiver involvement is also a big part of ABA Therapy. Monthly caregiver training sessions are included to help give them the tools to assist and advocate for their child. These sessions are typically required by insurance companies. ABA therapy has been shown to significantly help children with autism and our goal is to facilitate the process and make a difference in your family’s life. Please call us today at (210) 263-9443.
Little Spurs Autism Centers is expected to open in early 2022 in Leon Springs, TX. LSAC will offer collaborative and compassionate ABA Therapy to children 0-21 years old. Offering both center-based and home-based care, LSAC is excited to empower families by providing them with the support they need.