Applied Behavior Analysis
What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?
ABA is a set of principles that form the basis for many behavioral treatments. ABA is based on the science of learning and behavior. This science includes general “laws” about how behavior works and how learning takes place. ABA therapy applies these laws to behavior treatments in a way that helps to increase useful or desired behaviors. ABA also applies these laws to help reduce behaviors that may interfere with learning or behaviors that may be harmful. ABA therapy is used to increase language and communication skills. It is also used to improve attention, focus, social skills, memory, and academics. ABA can be used to help decrease problem behaviors. (Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network, 2012)
ABA services are provided by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or a highly trained paraprofessional under the supervision of the BCBA. Services can be provided in the child’s home, school, or at one of the Grafton clinic locations.
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Grafton’s ABA Program
Grafton’s ABA program focuses on antecedent and reinforcement-based strategies to improve skill acquisition in the areas of communication, social interactions, motor control, daily living activities and play. We work with clients and their families in home, school, clinic and community settings to target skill acquisition such as language, self-care and social skills; in addition to reducing challenging behaviors that are a barrier to individual safety and/or well-being and success.
Once clients learn in a structured teaching setting, the focus is placed on incorporating the skills into everyday life. The ability to apply learned skills to various environments, settings and situations such as school, home and the community is imperative, and the end goal of Grafton’s ABA program.
Grafton emphasizes a person-centered approach which embraces the preferences, goals and choices of the consumers we serve. We are happy to discuss and provide support with any concerns or needs that you may have.
Grafton accepts various funding sources and can support you in securing funding for ABA services where it does not exist already.
For more information about ABA services in Richmond, the Shenandoah Valley or Charles Town, West Virginia, please call Toll-free at 855-725-4536.