Providing High Quality, Evidence-Based Behavior Analytic Services

Each family member in the ABA Program receives an assessment and, in cooperation with parents, goals and objectives will be designed to meet each family member’s individual needs. Typically, family members in our programs receive specialized, one-to-one instruction based on their unique learning styles. Progress is monitored and assessed frequently by our Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) so that teaching situations can be expanded to include new skills. Data-based analysis and family goals guide all decisions about changes to a family member’s program.

Our method of intervention is based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis. The backbone of our teaching method is rooted in the work of B.F. Skinner. We utilize the three-term contingency (antecedent-behavior-consequence) to maximize the learning that takes place within structured settings and throughout the person’s natural environment.  

The Family Center for Autism’s Behavior Analytic Service department is staffed by NYS Licensed and Certified Behavior Analysts, and Registered Behavior Technicians (otherwise known as behavior technicians), all dedicated to helping you and your family member. We will work with your family to develop an ABA program based upon research-based assessment while incorporating the goals of you and your family. We are passionate and devoted to utilizing ABA principles, with involvement from the entire family. Our goal is to help our families become independent and reduce family stress.

 

Components of a Strong ABA Program

ABA is such a broad approach that it is difficult to define what a typical program will look like. The amount of therapy and level of parent/caregiver involvement varies, often according to the specific needs of the family member. ABA skills training programs (such as discrete trial training, incidental teaching, precision teaching, etc.) can require several hours each day. While skills training programs are usually implemented by BCBAs and behavior technicians, parents/caregivers are often taught critical skills to help their family member transfer what they have learned to everyday life.

Supervision

The program is designed and monitored by our Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA.)

Training

All members of the team are trained, with supervisors providing support, monitoring, and ongoing training for the duration of the program.

Programming

The program is created after a detailed assessment has been conducted and tailored to your family member’s specific deficits and skills.

Functional programming

Goals selected are beneficial and functional to your family member and increase or enhance his/her quality of life.

Data collection

Data on skill acquisition and behavior reduction are recorded and analyzed regularly. The BCBA supervisor uses this data to measure progress & provide information for program planning.

Family training

Family members are trained to teach and reinforce skills. They are involved in both the planning and review process, per insurance mandates

What Makes ABA a Powerful Tool?

Through ABA, we can teach your family members to stay on task when engaging in important activities that may not be the most fun. We can teach social skills, reduce stereotypic behaviors that disrupt learning, or greatly reduce (or eliminate!) aggressive behaviors. ABA can teach a person how to communicate their needs without engaging in inappropriate behaviors. ABA can be used to teach new skills to anyone, whether that person has a disability or not.

How Does ABA Benefit Those With Autism?

Today, ABA is widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for autism. It has been endorsed by several state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Surgeon General and the New York State Department of Health. Over the last decade, the nation has seen a particularly dramatic increase in the use of ABA to help persons with autism live HAPPY and PRODUCTIVE lives. In particular, ABA principles and techniques can foster basic skills such as looking, listening and imitating, as well as complex skills such as reading, conversing and understanding another person’s perspective.

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