Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy
Heartfelt Solutions approach to ABA therapy emphasizes improving socially appropriate interactions with others, learning functional ways to communicate and goal setting for future growth and independence. Through ABA therapy, individuals will also work to reduce challenging behaviors and barriers that may impede them in reaching their goals.
What does ABA therapy look like?
♥ Functional behavior assessment (FBA) – to identify why the behavior is occurring and possible strategies. This includes behavior observations, interviews with the individual, caregivers, and staff, and preference assessments.
♥ Development of a Treatment Plan – a plan written specifically for the individual on evidence-based procedures
♥ Ongoing training – training provided to caregivers/staff and anyone who will be interacting with the individual
♥ Monitoring and data collection – continuous monitoring of procedure fidelity and data collection to ensure progress and/or make necessary changes.
Who can provide ABA?
ABA assessments, behavior programming and treatment plan development are completed by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). To become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst you must:
♥ Earn a master’s degree in behavior analysis
♥ Obtain a national certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)
♥ Obtain a state license to practice (varied by each state)
ABA therapy can include a tiered model of services in which a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), also known as front line therapist, behavior tech, or paraprofessional implements strategies developed and supervised by a BCBA.
Where is ABA therapy provided?
♥ Clinic or office