Behavioral therapy that helps to reduce excessively dysfunctional behaviors and improve deficient behaviors.
ABA Therapy – ”Applied Behavior Analysis”, translated as, Analiză Comportamentală Aplicată, ABA, is a method of intensive behavioral therapy that helps reduce excessively dysfunctional behaviors and improve deficient behaviors. This type of therapy, based on behavioral analysis, is not intended strictly for autism spectrum disorders, but can be successfully used in working with children with ADHD, with behavioral disorders and oppositional disorders. Within the Center for Evaluation and Recovery by Specialist Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, ADHD of the Crystal Children Association, the therapeutic intervention for our beneficiaries is carried out according to a personalized intervention plan developed by Supervisor Psychologist Valentina Puicea, ABA therapist accredited by BCBA.
The intervention plan is based on a comprehensive assessment of all development areas and contains specific programs that aim at recovering deficits and increasing desirable behaviors.
The activity plan is reviewed monthly in supervisory sessions, and once every six months, the assessment is restored to record the child’s progress and set forth future goals.
As the child acquires, within the therapy, the skills included in the plan, the transition to generalization is made: the child’s or adolescent’s stimulation to use the skills acquired during the therapy room in larger groups and, later, in the daily life. (to be removed)
All children’s programs are based on Behavioral Analysis principles.
These are carried out and supervised by specialists to be accredited by BCBA.
Each child has a coordinator, a senior therapist and one or two therapists.
Thus, we ensure that programs are individualized for each child, that goals are tracked and checked daily by the coordinator or senior therapist as well as by the parent.
ABA -Applied Behavior Analysis, in translation, Analiză Comportamentală Aplicată is the science that uses behavioral principles to improve socially significant behaviors. (Cooper, Heron, Heward, 2007). It provides a structure to observe human behavior, what causes it, what keeps it, and how to increase or decrease the behavior in question.
ABA provides a basic structure to teach new skills such as:
- language development, cognitive development, motor and social skills.
- behavioral Problem Solving Learning Difficulties
Applied Behavioral Analysis is the only intervention that has received empirical support as an effective treatment for autism. The Guide to Clinical Practice Guideline for Autism (The Clinical Practice Guideline for Autism) and PDD published by the New York State Department of Health (1999) highlights ABA over other possible treatment modalities as the only method of intervention that is strongly recommended in the treatment of children with autism. ABA is a “self-correcting” system, where the information that is collected leads the decision-making process. Collecting and analyzing progress information is constant, resulting in minimum periods of inefficient treatment or lack of behavioral and educational progress.
What does ABA implementation mean?
- evaluating skills and areas of development
- establishing a personalized intervention plan
- continuous/permanent cooperation with
ABA parents is not an associated/additional service. The intervention is actually continuous, 24 hours a day. This does not mean that parents, educators, teachers and children are involved in an active 24-hour program, 7 days a week, but they are always involved in maintaining the intervention plan and are working on developing skills permanently.
In order for skills to be maintained and be improved, the strategies used during the intervention program must go beyond the workplace boundaries and be extended beyond therapy sessions. Many families come to see ABA as a lifestyle. These families successfully incorporate the principles of strengthening, and aspects of their child’s ABA program become the family’s daily routine.