ABA Therapy

10 Ways Applied Behavior Analysis Can Improve Your Child’s Life

ABA Therapist working with a child | 10 Ways Applied Behavior Analysis Can Improve Your Child’s Life, a blog from Positive Behavior Services

Applied Behavior Analysis also abbreviated as ABA takes a therapeutic approach to enriching particular behaviors such as, communication, social skills, academics, reading, and adaptive learning skills, such as life skills, fine motor dexterity, domestic capabilities, hygiene, grooming, punctuality, job competence and work ethic in not only children with Autism, ADHD and Global Developmental Delay ABA can be useful in various settings, including homes, schools, workplaces, and clinics.

Structured Learning Environment

ABA therapy takes a research approach to this therapy based on proven theories of learning and behavior in children and adults. Therapists who use ABA understand how human behaviors are learned and how they can be changed over time with the appropriate attention and effort and in a structured learning in environment. The therapist assigned to the individual who is to take part in the applied behavior analysis evaluates the client’s response and develops a treatment plans to improve the communication and behavior skills needed for success in their personal and professional lives. For the highest results, applied behavior Analysis requires heavy monitoring and continual evaluation of the client’s progress. Therapists, analysts and other health professionals work in settings such as schools, homes, community centers and clinics to evaluate and modify treatment as it progresses to best help the families involved.

Scientifically Proven to Work

ABA therapy has been scientifically proven to work. By studying the science of behavior, it is much easier to understand why children act a certain way and how to help them improve their habits and therefore better help themselves.

Teaches Essential Social Skills

Applied Behavior Analysis is helping children to learn essential social skills to interact with not only their parents and siblings but also teachers, medical proffesionals and with general social interaction. It also aids in being able to make friends and interact with children their age in a much easier and more comfortable manner.

Improves Independent Living Skills

They may still be children now, but Applied Behavior Analysis also helps them develop the skills they will need to live on their own when the time comes. Applied Behavior Analysis helps people become healthier. ABA manages to do this by teaching the individual to improve the habits that impact their physical, emotional, and mental well-being while addressing values, goals, and emotional regulation. Applied behavior analysis aids children in developing self-control, self-management skills, executive functioning skills, and other relevant aspects of overall wellness, which will help them live a better life. It has also been shown that consistent Applied Behavior Analysis can significantly improve behaviors and skills and decrease the need for special services in children and therefor decreasing the need for future special services as adults.

Helps Parents

Along with helping children, Applied Behavior Analysis also helps parents learn new parenting strategies to know what to do and how to support their children better. This allows them to be the best parents they can be for their children. ABA therapists can also provide training to parents and teachers which makes it much easier to assist those with special needs in both home and school environments.

Maximizes Life Satisfaction

Applied Behavior Analysis services give parents practical strategies to help their children lead more independent and fulfilling lives. Increasing the life quality of the child, parent, and family unit maximizes everyone’s life satisfaction. ABA can help people become their best selves, which is a lifelong process for everyone and not an end state to achieve, whether or not an individual has a disorder.

Developing Physical and Motor Capabilities

Applied Behavior Analysis aids in the crucial development of physical and motor capabilities necessary in the use of the skills of daily living such as cooperation, communication, listening, dressing, eating, grooming, hygiene and going to the bathroom and other basic skills.

Early Intervention Services

ABA therapy utilizes early intervention services, using the understanding of behavior to reduce challenging behaviors and teach new skills as well as help with transition into new routines. The building blocks of ABA are universal to everyone, both children and adults. These are not limited to children with autism.

Targeting Problematic Behaviors

Applied Behavior Analysis can target problematic and challenging behaviors such as self-injury, aggression, tantrums helping to improve them before things get too severe, giving the the family as a whole better opputunies to provide more prevalent and positive responses.

Each Program is Personalized

Applied Behavior Analysis has helped many families because each analyst creates a personalized program to help the individual they are working with. The therapist or analyst works to focus on the child’s strengths and weaknesses, build around them, as well as the child’s personal preferences. This can also help them become better advocates for themselves. ABA centers on the individual child, rather than their diagnosis. By placing importance on what motivates them, their strengths, weaknesses, and particular preferences. Understanding these factors helps to determine what strategies and techniques are most effective for the individual. Addressing behaviors varies among the person involved. It looks at the specific circumstances of the event to truly understand and identify the most effective intervention. In this effort, ABA focuses on ensuring that its implementation is effective through experimental practices like data collection and data analysis. Instead of just throwing interventions and approaches at a client, not knowing if they will work or not.