What is Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy?
"Behavior Analysis grew out of the scientific study of principles of learning and behavior. The branch called Applied Behavior Analysis is a well-developed discipline among the helping professions, with a mature body of scientific knowledge, established standards for evidence-based practice, and distinct methods of service."
-Behavior Analyst Certification Board
ABA therapy is an evidence-based treatment for autism. The goals of ABA are to shape and reinforce new behaviors (such as learning to communicate, play, and socialize), and reduce undesirable behaviors.
Our company utilizes cutting-edge teaching techniques and methods that have been studied and validated via research. The Early Start Denver Model, Pivotal Response Training, and Verbal Behavior are three state of the art methodologies used.
What is the Early Start Denver Model?
Many treatments exist for young children with autism. The large majority of research conducted in interventions has been conducted on children over the age of five. Therefore, it is difficult to find empirical research proving the efficacy of intervention for toddlers and preschoolers. A new treatment model utilizing principles of the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (“ABA”) grew out of the limited research on toddlers and preschoolers. This treatment approach is called The Early Start Denver Model. It was developed by Dr. Sally Rogers, a leading researcher in early childhood cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral development at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, and Dr. Geraldine Dawson, a developmental psychologist, autism researcher, and the Chief Science Officer of Autism Speaks. The Early Start Denver Model draws extensively from previous work in two well-known models for autism intervention: the Denver Model and Pivotal Response Training.
There are three main goals of treatment for young children with autism in the Early Start Denver Model:
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