What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific approach that uses the principles of learning and motivation to bring about a meaningful and positive change in behavior.
ABA also helps people acquire or improve skills such as communication, social, play and leisure, self-help, and academics. It does this by breaking down behaviors into smaller parts and determining the function of each behavior.
What to expect
Not all ABA sessions look the same, it all depends on the needs of your child. However, there are times ABA may look like little more than play, at other times it may look working at a desk, while sometimes it takes place while at the grocery store. We model our sessions so that our children can get the most support possible based on their area of need.
Often ABA sessions are run by Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) with supervision from a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA).
Who can provide ABA?
BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst):
BCBAs hold supervisor roles. They have a Master’s degree and have met the supervision standards set by the BACB (Behavior Analysts Certification Board). BCBAs will perform an assessment and be responsible for creating an individualized plan for your child. They also provide training for both caretakers and RBTs working directly with children.
BCaBA (Board Certified assistant Behavior Analysts):
BCaBAs have at least a Bachlor’s degree and have meet the supervision standards set by the BACB. Under the direct supervision of a BCBA they can perform most duties that a BCBA can while also working directly (1:1) with children.
RBT (Registered Behavior Technician):
A paraprofessional who works under the close supervision of a BCBA or BCaBA. They are primarily responsible for direct implementation of ABA. They do not design intervention or assessment plans.