What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence based discipline and science that seeks to understand and improve socially significant behaviors. ABA assesses interactions between people and environment to discover the relationship between a person’s environment and their behavior to determine why a behavior occurs. Behavior Analysts use evidence-based methods to systematically behavior, develop appropriate goals and systems of observation and measurement to monitor progress. ABA is used to teach new skills, remediate skill deficits, enhance the performance of acquired skills & decrease unwanted problematic behaviors.
Why Choose ATS as Your ABA Provider?
Advanced Therapy Solutions uses the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to improve the lives of individuals with intellectual and behavioral disabilities. We’re committed to early intervention and evidence-based interventions as the best opportunity to overcome as many challenges as possible. Our highest priority is service excellence though the provision of evidence based services for children of all ages
We partner with our families to understand each child through assessment of their strengths, weaknesses and learning style. Our comprehensive assessments provide us the information necessary to develop individualized goals and an objective evaluation of progress as children transition through all stages of child development.
Skill Development in ABA Therapy
Teach new skills (e.g. communication, social skills, play skills, self-help, academics, independent living)
Generalize skills from one environment to another (e.g. from therapy sessions to home/school/community)
Replace undesirable behavior (e.g., self-injurious behavior (SIB), stereotypic behavior and aggression) with socially accepted behaviors
Components of ATS Therapy Programs
- All programs are individualized to address each child’s strengths, weaknesses and unique learning style.
- Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) utilize data collections systems to acquire objective data to inform decision making and evaluate progress regarding each child’s individual program.
- Individual parent training & goals are critical elements of their child’s program.
- We coordinate of care across all providers & settings.
- Our centralized intake, billing and insurance system helps our Board Certified Behavior Analysts oversee all aspects of service delivery (assessment, program implementation and monitoring).
- All of our credentialed staff adhere to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® professional and ethical compliance code and autism spectrum disorder practice guidelines.
Reasons to Provide ABA Therapy for Your Child
- Applied Behavior Analysis as a treatment methodology is endorsed by the United States Surgeon General, Autism Speaks, The American Academy of Neurology, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychological Association, The Autism Society of America, the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development and the National Institute of Mental Health.
- The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) ® governs the professional conduct and ethics of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and holds BCBAs accountable for adherence to a professional and ethical compliance code and autism spectrum disorder practice guidelines. This oversight ensures all treatment programs and client programming must align with the most recent evidence-based best practice the development and implementation of individualized programs.
- All components of treatment are individualized and based on assessment of the child’s behavior and learning style. Board Certified Behavior Analysts create comprehensive assessment based individualized programming that accounts for the number of treatment hour’s available, the child’s strengths and weaknesses and the child’s family, friends and other professionals as an integral part of their treatment plan.
- ABA programs are designed to use the child’s strengths to teach new skills and reduce or eliminate skill deficits. This approach allows practitioners to teach difficult and new skills within a happy and productive learning environment. Most importantly the basis of all ABA programs is continuous evidence-based evaluation of child behavior, performance, preferences and the use of principles of reinforcement to keep learning fun.
- ABA is distinct from other interventions as the prescribed number of therapy hours is typically more intense. Intensive ABA therapy is designed to capture an abundance of contrived and naturally occurring learning opportunities to expedite skill development and learning.
- Parents are viewed as an essential part of the treatment team.
- ABA is recognized as a successful treatment option for families and insurance provide numerous funding options.
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Autism and Developmental Disabilities:
US Department of Education IDEA 2004 website:
No Child Left Behind Act:
Doing What Works: Research-based Practices Online
OSEP: Policy Letters
Categories of Disability under IDEA:
Connecticut State Department of Education:
State of Connecticut: “Parent’s Guide to Special Education”
CT State Department of Education: Special Education Resources:
Early Intervention (Birth to Three)