Applied Behavioral Analysis is also known as ABA. This term is used to describe a strategy used to change certain behaviors by applying principles based on a variety of learning theories. This process has been widely used to treat a variety of conditions with great success.
How Is ABA Used?
ABA can be used to help children change a variety of behaviors. It can be used to increase or decrease certain types of behaviors as needed. ABA providers aim to improve social behaviors people will use everyday such as reading, social skills, verbal communication and activities of daily living. Fine motor skills may also be improved using ABA such as eating, tooth brushing, self-dressing and writing. ABA is often used to treat diagnosed conditions such as:
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Pain associated with Sickle Cell Anemia
- Tourette Syndrome
- Panic Attacks
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
How Long Does ABA Take?
The duration of Applied Behavioral Therapy depends on the condition being treated. Children who have moderate to severe autism may need to undergo treatment for longer than those with less complicated conditions. The length of treatment depends on the rate of improvement and that is different for every child.
How Do I Get A Referral For ABA?
ABA providers work with primary care pediatricians, neurologists and other health care providers to improve the lives of children through Applied Behavioral Analysis. After a consultation and series of diagnostic assessments, a comprehensive treatment plan will be designed based on the individual needs of the child. ABA providers continue to work closely with doctors and health care providers to improve the quality of their patients lives through this treatment program.