Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Services
ABA services are designed to reduce/eliminate challenging or maladaptive behaviours while teaching new replacement behaviours by changing the client’s environment. This includes teaching parents, siblings, teachers, etc., in how to support the individual, as well as creating additional supportive systems in their environment. Services operate under the theory that all behaviours (including maladaptive ones) serve a function or a purpose. Assessment in the beginning stages of treatment will be aimed at identifying the function of the behaviour, creating a treatment plan, as well as identifying behaviour reduction and skill acquisition goals. Data collection will be utilized throughout the duration of services and used to make programming decisions.
To change behaviour and teach new skills, the first and foremost thing to be implemented are positive reinforcement strategies. In some cases, other interventions may be recommended to the family with their full understanding and support. As Behaviour Analyst adheres to a strict code of ethics, we only provide treatments that have been scientifically supported to be the most effective for learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The foundation of all services provided to clients are based on the principles of applied behaviour analysis and have been shown to be highly effective when supporting individuals with complex behaviours.
Initial meetings will involve getting to know the individual and identifying family priorities. This may involve any of the following; direct observation of the individual and family in naturally occurring routines, direct interaction with the individual, completing questionnaires, and/or conducting formal assessments with the family or child. Once information is gathered, a detailed intervention plan may be created that will be used to guide service. Progress will be monitored over time and reviewed regularly. Caregiver communication will occur on an ongoing basis to ensure that the interventions effective and continue to meet the family’s needs. Family involvement is encouraged to support individuals and families in meeting goals, as well as giving them tools to effectively and confidently support their child.