Applied Behavioural
Analysis (ABA)

What is Applied Behaviour Analysis?

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a methodology that involves the application of basic behavioral practices (positive reinforcement, repetition, and prompting) to facilitate the development of language, positive skills, and social behavior. ABA also helps reduce everyday social problems and serious behavior disorders. Data collected and analyzed at May Institute support the findings of hundreds of other studies that indicate ABA is the most effective method to teach children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, as well as brain injury and other traumas.

Tested by research and experience for more than 35 years, ABA practices have been endorsed by the Surgeon General, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Association for Science in Autism Research. The skills and experience of an ABA professional are essential for success. Continuous and systematic evaluation of effectiveness is a fundamental component of the ABA methodology.

ABA can be effective in working with individuals of all ages. However, research shows that skill development programs that are provided at a young age foster better outcomes and can often reduce the likelihood of more severe or dangerous behaviors later in life.

The effectiveness of ABA-based intervention has been well documented. Children who receive early and intensive behavioral treatment have been shown to make substantial, sustained gains in IQ, language, academic performance, and adaptive behavior as well as some measures of social behavior, and their outcomes have been significantly better than those of children who did not receive such services.

Children and adolescents on the Autistic Disorders spectrum may exhibit a variety of dangerous, maladaptive, or inappropriate behaviors such as tantrums, elopement, self harming, aggression, poor social skills, inability to be toilet trained, etc. These individuals may also experience academic failure or difficulty, especially in areas of attention, impulsivity, attending, and generalizing. ABA at its core is a method to help children learn. Any behavior that a child can learn, ABA can help them unlearn, strengthen, or maintain. The future and quality of life for an individual with Autism who can reduce inappropriate behaviors and “learn how to learn” is greatly improved.

BCBA is short for: a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (it is a protected term in the US & Canada). Our mission is to provide the most effective treatment possible to individuals who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. To do so we respond to the goals of parents, who are our consumers, to provide the most accountable therapy possible. We provide the most effective intervention by using every method that is proven through ABA research to be objectively effective. A BCBA is passionate about helping where it really matters. At home, in the real world. We understand that problem behaviour is not always what it seems.

  • Provide Parent Training & Family Education that will help you approach difficult situations with confidence.
  • Support parents in building replacement behaviours to reduce challenging behaviours at home & at school.
  • Teach communication skills to reduce problem behaviours.
  • Provide intentional opportunities to practice language skills in the Natural Environment.
  • Write Positive Behaviour Support Plans that everyone can follow.
  • Teach toilet training.
  • Help with morning and bedtime routines.
  • Consult with parents on how to control and supervise internet access.
  • Teach & Enrich early developmental Play Skills.
  • Help identify goals for intervention in areas such as Flexibility, Social Thinking/ Social Skills, School Readiness, Sleep Challenges, & Daily Living Skills.

BCBA’s are trained & confident in providing a multitude of different supports across a large scope. Each BCBA has different areas of expertise but all have similar training to complete the following (but not limited to):

  • Conducting Assessments – After reviewing your intake package, a BCBA will conduct an initial assessment. This may include meeting the individual &/or their parent(s)/ guardians to discuss your priorities & goals for treatment. Each child is an individual, who has their own unique learning styles, strengths, and needs. We will complete observations based on your goals & training needs. BCBAs ALWAYS want to get a baseline measure to compare whether or not the intervention we’ve selected together is working. (This usually means data collection is involved.)
  • Creating Treatment Plans – A Behaviour Analyst usually focuses on managing the environment because that is one element of the situation we can control. We work to determine what in the environment keeps the challenging behaviours occurring, and what is needed in the environment to teach the replacement skills for the individual to be successful. The treatment plan will include (in writing) how to do each part of the intervention plan and why. We then discuss what intensity of intervention is needed for learning to happen quickly.
  • Ongoing Training, Support & Data Collection – Depending on your goals, availability and recommendations the support of other professionals may be recommended. The BCBA is responsible for training parents and family members to implement the plans we’ve discussed. An intensive model, usually involves a team of professionals that the family is responsible for finding & funding to provide intensive intervention. No matter what the level of intensity, we require that staff & parents collect data when necessary.
  • Analysis and Evaluating the treatment plan – BCBAs are responsible for making sure interventions are actually working and behaviours targeted for intervention are moving in the desired directions. Your BCBA will use the data to make clinical changes to the intervention plan when needed.

Career Opportunity

Our BCBAs are seeking individuals willing to be trained who want to work 1:1 with children in the community. We are looking for full time and part time people who love to teach kids/ teens how to learn. This position is not affiliated with Stepping Stones and reports directly to our BCBAs.

Please send cover letter and CV to