Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy
ABA therapy is a specific approach that encourages positive behaviors and extinguishes negative behaviors in those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The application of ABA therapy is tailored for each individual to create a unique and flexible environment. The process focuses on improving communication, social skills, and behavior in a functional setting.
According to www.autismspeaks.org,
"Understanding antecedents (what happens before a behavior occurs) and consequences (what happens after the behavior) is another important part of any ABA program.
The following three steps – the “A-B-Cs” – help us teach and understand behavior:
An antecedent: this is what occurs right before the target behavior. It can be verbal, such as a command or request. It can also be physical, such a toy or object, or a light, sound, or something else in the environment. An antecedent may come from the environment, from another person, or be internal (such as a thought or feeling).
A resulting behavior: this is the person’s response or lack of response to the antecedent. It can be an action, a verbal response, or something else.
A consequence: this is what comes directly after the behavior. It can include positive reinforcement of the desired behavior, or no reaction for incorrect/inappropriate responses.
Looking at A-B-Cs helps us understand:
Why a behavior may be happening
How different consequences could affect whether the behavior is likely to happen again"
Our ABA therapists are licensed in the state of Alabama and include the family, as well as other involved therapists, in the training and education to provide optimal results as a team. Auburn TLC is pleased to offer this service to those in need in our community.