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One of the most prescribed solutions for these special-needs children is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, which applies our understanding of how behavior works to real situations. The goals are increasing helpful behaviors and decreasing those that are harmful or affect learning, as well as improving independence skills. ABA therapy aims to help children with autism be successful in the short term as well as in the future through individualized treatment plans (Autism Speaks, 2019). To accomplish these goals, Center For New Beginnings (CFNB) utilizes a tiered-service delivery model in which a Masters-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) supervises treatment teams of Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT). This strategy has proven most effective for rural or underserved areas, like the CSRA, for providing the most thorough, impactful treatment.
Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis on Verbal Behavior (ABA/VB) is based on research to address functional skills, such as language/communication, self-help skills, play skills, social skills, and complying with instruction. If your child is exhibiting difficulty with communication skills Verbal Behavior therapy may be beneficial. Verbal behavior therapy is a methodology used to address skill deficits based on the basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. Verbal behavior services typically consist of multiple hours of sessions 1:1 with the child and therapist. These are several of the domains of Verbal Behavior we work on:
- Manding – refers to your child’s ability to request items or activities;
- Tacting – ability to label items they encounter in their everyday life;
- Motor Imitation – is taught to address gross motor and fine motor control;
- Echoics – repeating sounds, words, or phrases to promote speech development;
- Intraverbals – ability to answers questions, complete fill-statements and conversation;
- Receptive tasks – refers to following instructions to perform a task.
Targeted skills are taught during discrete trial training (DTT) at the work table and in the playroom during natural environment teaching (NET).
Discrete Trial Training
During discrete trial training (DTT), the therapist and child work on specific and client centered skills during their 1:1 table time. Each large skill is broken into pieces, or targets, that are easier to learn than learning the entire skill at once. These targets are also things that are concrete to observe to ensure your child’s mastery of them. Throughout this time, the therapist is using positive reinforcement, prompting, and correction procedures to maximize rate of progress.
Natural Environment Teaching
NET sessions are often conducted while your child is in our playroom or other “natural environment” in their home. It is similar in the breakdown of skills but the largest difference being these sessions tend to be more child lead. NET sessions also serve to let your child “practice” their developing skills from DTT in a natural setting and/or with peers. For example, when playing with a kitchen set, the learner may be asked to tact (label) different foods, imitate stirring a pot, find the 2 button on the microwave, and answer questions such as “What do you do with a fork?”. Careful planning and using items or activities that are reinforcing for the child are paired with harder tasks through our ABA/VB sessions.
For more information on our ABA/ IIT therapy or to get on our waitlist, please go to the main services page and fill out our inquiry form. We will contact you shortly and, when space is available, contact you to start the intake process.