Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a discipline in psychological science used in individual therapy to explain how learning takes place. A specific behavior is more likely to be repeated if it is followed by some form of reward or reinforcement.

ABA uses research-based techniques to increase useful and positive behaviors and reduce those that may cause harm or interfere with learning. It is the most effective evidence-based treatment for autism and is recommended by physicians, the American Psychological Association, and the U.S. surgeon general.

Our ABA-Based Therapy

We create a treatment plan for your child using a combination of evidence-based treatment methods. You child’s therapy program follows the principles and procedures of Applied Behavior Analysis. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Verbal Behavior Strategies (VB)
  • Natural Environment Training (NET)
  • Precision Teaching
  • Functional Communication Training (FCT)
  • Differential Reinforcement
  • Pivotal Response Training (PRT)
  • Fluency-Based Instruction
  • Direct Instruction (DI)

Assessments We Use

Initial Assessment

A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) will observe and interact with your child and gather information from caregivers. After the assessment, recommendations regarding a treatment plan will be provided. These include the hours of services per week and the skills to target. All information gathered in the initial evaluation will be compiled into a report.

Curriculum-Based Assessments

Westside utilizes a variety of curriculum-based assessments to both evaluate your child and guide treatment and goal planning. We may use one or more assessment tools based on your child’s needs.