Our ABA Therapy program uses the principles of applied behavior analysis to increase skill acquisition and reduce maladaptive behaviors. The ABA Therapy program addresses skills within the adaptive, communication, and social domains by understanding the function of behaviors and the environments in which they occur.
Research suggests that ABA therapy implemented at an intensive treatment level of 20 to 40 hours per week provides positive outcomes; A clinical recommendation for treatment hours is provided by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) following the completion of standardized assessments. The ABA Therapy program at North Valley Pediatric Therapy will offer treatment within the clinic and home environments, or the natural environment in which services are considered medically necessary. Parent / Caregiver training will be an included portion of the individual treatment plan. Ongoing supervision, parent/caregiver training, and assessments will be provided by a BCBA, while direct treatment hours will be provided by a team of Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs).
Adaptive skills are practical skills needed to function appropriately within one’s own environment (e.g., home, school, etc.). Adaptive skills include dressing, feeding, problem-solving, engaging with the community, reading, and maintaining safety.
Communication skills are necessary to get one’s own needs and wants met; They are the foundation of understanding and interacting with others. Communication skills include making eye contact, using gestures, greeting others, and engaging in appropriate listener behavior.
Social skills are used to maintain positive interactions with others, whether interacting verbally or nonverbally. Social skills include understanding cues, displaying empathy, taking turns, and understanding the thoughts of others.
Maladaptive Behavior Reduction
Maladaptive behaviors, or problem behaviors, are those that prevent an individual from interacting in and learning from their environment. Engagement in maladaptive behaviors can pose a significant risk for the individual themselves or others around them. Maladaptive behaviors may include aggression, destruction of property, and engagement in repetitive/restrictive behavior (e.g., scripting).