Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) can help children with autism spectrum disorder by improving their social, communication, academic and life skills and reducing difficult behavior.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an intensive, individualized program designed to maximize learning. It is one of the most preferred methods of therapeutic and educational interventions for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ABA is based on the principles of teaching developed by B.F. Skinner in his research on human language and positive reinforcement. A primary premise of ABA is that by increasing a child’s ability to effectively communicate their wants and needs, they will learn the skills to decrease undesired behaviors such as outbursts, aggression, and self-injurious behaviors.
Parents/caregivers and ABA staff work together to establish goals that are functional and meaningful for both the child and family. Children receive 1:1 instruction directed toward achieving these goals. Instructional areas include language/communication, cognitive or academic skills, social skills, play skills, and functional skills for daily living, and behavior. Many children participate in ABA programs for 40 hours per week, year-round. The amount of time your child spends in ABA will be dependent on his/her needs, parent desire, and insurance approval.
For additional information to help you determine if you want to pursue ABA as an instructional method for your child, please visit one of the following websites.
Autism Society of Indiana www.autismsocietyofindiana.org
Autism Speaks www.autismspeaks.org
At Possibilities Northeast, our goal is to enable a successful future placement for the child – regardless of where or when that might be.
Transition is an ongoing process at PNE. Our program is designed to teach skills to promote successful transitions throughout the duration of the child’s ABA program.
We know that for many parents, it has been a long, sometimes stressful journey to get a diagnosis and determine the path you want to pursue. No doubt you are anxious for your child to begin receiving services as soon as possible. PNE would love to provide services to your child immediately but we do have to comply with insurance and licensing requirements that can often make this seem like a slow process for families.
ABA programs are typically funded by medical insurance plans. PNE accepts most major insurances, Medicaid and Children’s Special Healthcare Services. Our staff will assist you with determining coverage and navigating the insurance maze. Please visit our “Resources” page for additional information.