American Therapy House ABA is a behavior therapy service provider
located in Montclair, California,
dedicated to make socially significant changes in the lives of children diagnosed
with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other related disabilities.
Our individualized programs deliver curriculum across all developmental areas of need, making sure that we teach all the necessary skills for successful development.
Skill areas can include but are not limited to:
There are a lot of ideas and perceptions about ABA, and many prepackaged plans that ostensibly provide a family with an ABA program. But it is critical to remember that there is no single program or plan that “is” ABA. In this jungle of acronyms and technical terms, we help you find your way. In simple words.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a severe disruption of normal developmental processes that occurs early in life. It leads to impaired language, play, cognitive, social and adaptive functioning, causing children to fall farther and farther behind their peers as they grow older. The causes of ASD are unknown, but evidence points to a genetic basis, with children with ASD having neurological differences in certain areas of the brain.
Although children with an ASD exhibit social communication deficits along with restricted/repetitive behaviors, there are tremendous differences among children in how these areas are displayed. Children with autism do not learn in the same way that children normally learn. However, what is most important to note is that –with the right type of intervention– children with ASD have an amazing ability to learn and grow.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a field of psychology that focuses on applying learning theories to different people and situations. One specific application of these techniques is early, intensive, behavioral intervention (EIBI) for children with autism. The techniques of ABA are grounded in science. Some of the hallmarks of ABA include:
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based intervention supported by decades of research demonstrating its effectiveness for learners with and without special needs. ABA is considered the gold standard for working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Hundreds of autism-specific studies have proven the effectiveness of ABA for both teaching skills and reducing challenging behavior. Research also indicates that many learners in ABA programs achieve more progress than those in programs involving several different methods.
The goal of ABA intervention is two-fold: to increase useful and desired behaviors that can improve the individual's quality of life (communication, social, academic, self-help, and leisure skills) and to decrease behaviors that interfere with learning, relationships, or may be harmful.
Each objective or “target behavior” in an ABA program must have meaningful social significance for the person. This means that goals are individualized and prioritized to promote their independence and quality of life.
The credential to look for is Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Obtaining this certification requires graduate coursework, extensive supervised experience, a national exam, and ongoing continuing education. There are various levels of registration/certification from technician to masters and doctoral-level behavior analysts (see www.bacb.com).