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What is ABA Therapy?
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November 11, 2020

What is ABA Therapy?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific approach to changing and teaching new behaviors. The science of ABA focuses on why a behavior occurs. ABA therapy also uses evidence-based teaching strategies to teach new skills. At its core, ABA therapy for children with autism focuses on building communication skills since delays in communication often lead to challenging behaviors.
Since every child is different, and the symptoms of autism vary, ABA therapy works best when it is personalized to the child. By getting to know your child, and your concerns, the Thrive Behavior Centers clinical team can develop goals that help your child meet milestones in areas like communication, self-care, learning readiness, and social skills.
ABA therapy is often intensive, especially for early learners. ABA therapy for young kids with autism can look more like a school week than a therapy appointment. Learners often come to therapy 30-40 hours a week. ABA therapy requires more time because children with autism often need to work on several skill areas and need extra practice to reach milestones. Research shows that Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) is best way to help kids with autism, and it’s the core of the Thrive Treatment Model.
This short video helps explain what ABA is and what we can help children with autism do.

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