“The most interesting people you’ll find are ones that don’t fit into your average cardboard box. They’ll make what they need, they’ll make their own boxes,” Dr. Temple Grandin
Behavior analysis is a scientifically validated approach to understanding behavior and how it is affected by the environment. In this context, “behavior” refers to actions and skills. “Environment” refers to any influence—physical or social—that might change or be changed by one’s behavior.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the use of basic behavioral practices (positive reinforcement, discrete trial teaching, programming for generalization to the natural environment, reinforcement, prompting and fading strategies, and outcome-based decision-making) to aid the development of language, positive life skills, and social behavior as well as to help decrease every day social problems and serious behavior disorders.
The behavior analyst will work with the family and other health professionals to:
• Identify specific behaviors of concern and establish goals for the child and family to work on
• Determine the circumstances affecting the child’s behavior
• Create a behavior support plan including strategies to replace the challenging behavior and manage
• Provide training to assist family and other caretakers in using the behavior support plan
• Monitor and evaluate the outcomes of the interventions
Spectrum House uses ABA principles to promote the generalization of skills within individuals on the spectrum. ABA principles are easily measured and personalized to each child because no two children on the spectrum are the same. Data is collected and recorded to show the advancement of the child during therapy. These services contribute to the decrease of problematic behavior and the increase of appropriate behavior within these individuals.