What is ABA and ABA Therapy?

Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, is a scientific approach that has been practiced since the 1960s and is constantly developing and adjusting to the current needs. By carefully analyzing and understanding the factors that influence behavior, ABA practitioners can design individualized interventions to promote meaningful improvements to the client. This approach is widely used in a variety of settings, including schools, homes, and therapy centers. ABA's effectiveness lies in its evidence-based methods and its ability to provide consistent and measurable outcomes, making it a valuable tool for supporting individuals in reaching their full potential.

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boy in blue and white floral shirt playing chess

ABA Therapy is implemented by a qualified professional known as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, or BCBA. These individuals have undergone extensive training and hold a minimum of a Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. They have proven their ability to ethically and responsibly implement the principles of ABA with their clients. The main objective of ABA Therapy is to bring about positive changes in the behavior of the client. This could involve teaching new skills or addressing areas where the client may be lacking, such as social skills. Additionally, ABA Therapy also aims to reduce challenging behaviors, including self-harm. Through this therapy, individuals are provided with the necessary tools and strategies to improve their overall well-being and enhance their quality of life.

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selective photo of a girl holding bubbles
  • Communication skills

  • Leisure skills

  • Social skills

  • Self-Help skills

  • Teaching replacement behaviors for current challenging behavior

ABA Therapy at Puzzle Pieces ABA is a personalized and tailored approach to each client, taking into consideration their unique developmental level and current skill set. Each client receives individualized attention in a 1:1 setting, focusing on goals that are specific and relevant to their needs. This allows them to learn and progress at their own pace, promoting personal growth and independence. We understand the significance of acquiring skills that help individuals become active members of the community, but we also prioritize fostering their individuality. Our therapy sessions not only aim to develop necessary abilities but also encourage clients to flourish as individuals.

At Puzzle Pieces ABA, programming is focused on a play-based approach to learning. This means that our clients engage in activities they enjoy in their natural environment. We believe that this approach enhances the learning experience and promotes better outcomes. While we prioritize activities that our clients find enjoyable, we also incorporate necessary self-help skills into their therapy sessions, even if they may not initially enjoy them. As our clients grow and develop, we gradually introduce more self-help skills, while still targeting a wide range of other skills, including leisure and social skills. Our goal is to provide a holistic and well-rounded therapy experience that promotes overall development and independence.

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Applied Behavior Analysis has changed drastically from the foundational research that started it so many years ago.

Today, ABA therapy involves your child receiving intensive skill development in a one-on-one setting with a trained professional who understands the principles of ABA. These principles likely align with what you, as a parent, are already practicing on a daily basis. For example, you may already be praising your child's positive behaviors and removing attention from negative behaviors, such as yelling. ABA therapy takes this approach to a more focused level, ensuring that your child receives consistent guidance and support to help them develop new skills and reduce challenging behaviors. With this individualized attention and evidence-based techniques, ABA therapy aims to help your child reach their full potential and improve their overall quality of life.

Still, there are many ways to implement ABA Therapy and finding one that aligns with you and your family's values and expectations is key to achieving an ABA success story.

At Puzzle Pieces ABA, we prioritize the well-being and happiness of your child. Our approach is rooted in compassion and building positive relationships with both our clients and their families. We understand that learning is most effective when it is enjoyable, so we make it our mission to ensure that each client enjoys their time with us. We firmly believe that when children are happy and having a good time, they are more receptive to learning and are able to reach their fullest potential. With our dedicated and nurturing staff, your children will not only receive excellent care but also have a fun and memorable experience.

If you are still unsure about ABA therapy, reach out and lets chat!

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