Throughout the process – under the direction of an assigned behavior analyst who closely supervises and coordinates your child’s program – our team provides a highly individualized curriculum of behavioral instruction and training, continually optimized to meet your child’s changing needs as they progress.
OUR THERAPEUTIC APPROACH
Our therapeutic approach is based on the belief that the repertoire of a child with an autism spectrum disorder is missing some of the skills necessary for that child to learn from his natural environment in the same manner that typically developing children do. Because of these missing skills, he experiences difficulty in learning, which creates a learning gap between him and his peers. We strive to close this gap by offering an approach to learning based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. Each child is provided with a highly individualized program that is continually modified to meet his changing needs as he progresses. There is a science-based teaching system in place where therapists collect moment-to-moment data throughout the day and use this data to provide immediate feedback to the learner and to change their teaching or what is being taught accordingly and immediately.
APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree (Baer, Wolf & Risley, 1968/1987; Sulzer-Azaroff & Mayer, 1991). The basic premise of ABA is simple: that rewarding or reinforcing good behaviors will bring about and encourage the repetition of those same behaviors, and that punishment, negative consequences, or simply a lack of attention for bad behaviors, will cause them to fade away. Every child wants attention, praise, rewards, gold stars -- whatever the positive reinforcement might be -- and children with autism are no different, though what is positive reinforcement for our children might be unique.