The Child Development Center offers Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy to children with mild to moderate autism and related developmental delays. ABA is currently one of the only scientifically recognized and recommended interventions for children with autism. ABA refers to a number of interventions that are based on the principles of learning theory that aim to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree. Therapists collect data on the frequency and accuracy of behaviors across key skill areas including receptive language, expressive language, motor skills, activities of daily life, play, social skills and pre-academic skills. Some commonly used teaching strategies include Discrete Trial Training (DTT), Natural Environment Teaching (NET) and Verbal Behavior Approach (VB). In addition to increasing children’s skills in these areas, ABA strategies also help to decrease any unwanted or challenging behavior.
The ABA team at Child Development Center work closely with our colleagues in Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Pathology, to ensure that children work on multi-disciplinary goals.