ABA Therapy (Applied Behavior Analysis)
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based treatment that ensures learning for children with autism. Our ABA treatment team has been working together since 2002 to develop effective programming to teach core skills to children. We have watched children as young as 18 months go through our program who are now driving and preparing for college. All of the children we serve make progress working towards their own personal potential.
We are accepting children as young as 18 months into our daytime ABA clinic along with after school hours. We accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO. Click here for more information about our ABA programs. Find out about our Toilet Training program here
“Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is science of human behavior. ABA is the process of applying systematic intervention to improve behaviors of social significance. As a clinician who uses these principles every day to treat the 2.5 year old, the 9 year old, the 13 year old or the 20 year old out of my desire to make a difference. This evidence is seen in the 2.5 year old who emitting ear piercing tantrum with mom overlooking with despair, however, over time the young girl begins to cooperate and follow directions. Or the 9 year old who advocated for himself and asked, “Miss Lisa can you teach me how to tie, tie shoes?” I said, “sure” and he replied “good, because third graders don’t wear Velcro shoes. He worked all summer on tying shoes and was able to tie his new gym shoes when school started in August. Or the 13 year old with autism and cerebral palsy who wore 3 pairs of depends at night because she would soil through her clothes and sheets who learned to use the toilet. Or I’ll never forget the 20 year with autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability and low muscle tone who’s mom did not lose hope in getting her daughter toilet trained. She said, “I was told it’s too late, she’s too old,. Thank goodness she did not lose hope but she found a place and a methodology that would TEACH her daughter to use the bathroom. I’ve been in this field for 22 years and LOVE to see my clients acquire life long skills. Sure to some these may not seem like anything big, but let me tell you that for my clients, their families and myself these accomplishments are HUGE! Nelson Mandela said, “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we lived, it’s the difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of life we lived.”
Lisa, Coordinator of Behavior Services, Little Friends Center for Autism