Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, is the applied science of changing socially significant behaviors. Its problem-solving approach aims at improving the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities.

At Handprints Therapies, we specialize in Early Intervention. Our pediatric therapists work to create an individualized treatment plan that will best benefit your child’s development and support you as the parent as well.

Research has shown that those who participate in early intervention ABA therapy have a higher likelihood of building pivotal developmental skills, such as communication, language, and social skills. Our ABA therapy programs are scientifically structured by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) to create an environment that helps your child grow!

Children doing ABA therapy teamwork.

ABA vs. Behavior Therapy: What’s the Difference?

The term “Behavior Therapy” is commonly used as an umbrella term for the many styles of teaching. While sometimes used interchangeably with ABA, behavior therapy also applies to Verbal Behavior (VB), Natural Environment Teaching (NET), and Discrete Trial Training (DTT).

ABA, on the other hand, is a science that is then applied using those various teaching methods, such as behavior therapy. ABA at its core has the same main principles, no matter how it is being taught. All of our BCBA pediatric therapists follow these key principles to create a unique strategy for your child.

The Seven Dimensions of ABA

Effective ABA programs operate under the Seven Dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The dimensions of ABA were created in order to help professionals and clients have a criteria of excellence when it comes to ABA treatment, and they are the foundation upon which quality ABA programs are built.

  1. Generality:Procedures should address behaviors that occur in new situations, with new people, and/or in new places.
  2. Effective:Procedures should improve the behaviors being addressed to a practical degree, in a reasonable amount of time.
  3. Technological:Procedures should be described in detail and be able to be replicated, like a recipe.
  4. Applied:Procedures should be socially significant; of importance to the individual.
  5. Conceptually Systematic:Procedures should be research-driven.
  6. Analytic:Procedures should use data-based decision making; using data to make informed decisions on programming.
  7. Behavioral:Procedures should focus on behaviors that are observable and measurable.

When ABA is applied appropriately, it will ensure that generalization occurs across settings. This means that any new skills and/or replacement behaviors that are learned in one environment (such as a clinic setting) will transfer to another environment (such as home or school).

BCBA pediatric therapist working on ABA therapy.

How to Choose an ABA Provider

Choosing a pediatric therapist for your child is a big decision, and finding the right fit will play a big role in how effective the therapy is. When choosing an ABA provider, keep in mind that the quality of ABA depends on the person administering it. Levels of training, experience, and qualifications are all important factors to keep in mind.

At Handprints Therapies, our ABA program is run by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) who will provide care and oversee your child’s therapy program. After conducting an initial assessment, our experienced pediatric therapists will create an individualized treatment plan for your child and continuously monitor the intervention and data analysis.

As a parent, you should know who is working with your child on a weekly basis. At Handprints we make sure there is full transparency so you know what goals are being targeted with your child, as well as how they are being taught. We share Behavior Intervention Plans with parents so you stay informed about the strategies being used to reduce harmful or inappropriate behaviors.

When choosing an ABA provider, know that you always have the right to watch or view the procedures being used with your child, and should be trained on how to implement them at home. At the end of the day, you know your child best and what’s best for them. Trust your gut!

Interested in ABA for your child? Contact our therapists!