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.

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
  • Fluency-Based Instruction
  • Direct Instruction (DI)

Assessments We Use

Initial Assessment

A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) will observe and interact with your child as well as gather information from caregivers. After the assessment, recommendations regarding the treatment plan will be provided. These include, but are not limited to, the hours of services per week and the skills to target. All information gathered in the initial evaluation will be written 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.