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Comprehensive ABA

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a primary method of treating problem behavior in individuals with developmental disabilities.   Intensive ABA intervention for individuals with autism was endorsed by U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, MD, Ph.D. in a 1999 report entitled, Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General:  “Thirty years of research demonstrated the efficacy of applied behavioral methods in reducing inappropriate behavior and in increasing communication, learning, and appropriate social behavior.”  

Since then, research over the past 20 years has continued to support that conclusion, showing that long-term comprehensive ABA treatment leads to medium or large positive effects on intellectual functioning, language development, activities of daily living, and social functioning in children with autism.  (Virues-Ortega, 2010.)  Some have asserted that only ABA interventions have been shown to produce comprehensive, lasting results in autism.  (Foxx, 2008.) 

It is not surprising that federal agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Mental Health and leading organizations in the autism field such as Autism Speaks have recognized ABA as a scientifically-proven method of treating autism and related disorders.

Our comprehensive applied behavior analysis program is for individuals over the age of three, and focuses on increasing skills and decreasing problem behaviors.  This service may take place in various settings, such as a CBS Center, in-home, in school, or in the community.  

Please note that all CBS services are by appointment only.  Feel free to contact us to learn more, or to schedule a visit!

Details

Our interventions are designed to promote development in all of the following areas according to basic principles of child growth and development:

  • Physical development (gross and fine motor);
  • Cognitive development;
  • Language and speech development;
  • Psychosocial development (social emotional/play skills);
  • Self-help and feeding.

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References

Virues-Ortega, J. (2010).  Applied behavior analytic intervention for autism in early childhood:  Meta-analysis, meta-regression and dose-response meta-analysis of multiple outcomes.  Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 387-99.  doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2010.01.008.

Foxx, R. (2008).  Applied Behavior Analysis Treatment of Autism:  The State of the Art.  Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 17, 821-834.

Mental Health:  A Report of the Surgeon General (1999).  Retrieved from https://profiles.nlm.nih.gov/ps/retrieve/ResourceMetadata/NNBBHS#autism