Behavior Therapy and Applied Behavior Analysis
Behavior Therapy Overview:
Behavior Therapy is a teaching technique built on the learning principals of Behavioral Psychologists. Behavior Therapy can be used to teach wide a variety of skills including joint attention, play skills, speech and language, gross and fine motor skills, toileting, social skills, and academics. Behavior Therapy can also be used to manage problem behaviors from mild behaviors such as calling out in class to aggressive behavior. Behavior Therapists use reinforcement strategies such as praise, play, and rewards to make learning fun and enjoyable!
Applied in the term Applied Behavior Analysis refers to the practical application of research-based Behavior Analysis, a science of psychology. Research Behavior Analysts such as B.F. Skinner, have studied learning patterns for over 50 years, and have developed laws of behavior, which when followed and applied to real-life settings, prove significantly effective.
A hallmark of Applied Behavior Analysis is to clearly understand exactly which behavior is trying to be taught or changed and to frequently assess, through direct measurements, whether or not the child is meeting goals and expectations.
Who Benefits From Behavior Therapy/ABA
ABA is useful throughout the life span. Infants through adults, struggling to learn ANY new skills, from babbling new sounds to parenting techniques, will benefit from ABA.
At the pediatric level, ABA is most commonly used to treat:
- Typical children experiencing behavior problems in school
- Children diagnosed with
- Developmental Delays
- Autism Spectrum Disorders such as Autism, PDD-NOS, Asperger s Syndrome, and Rett Syndrome
- Learning Disorders
- Downs Syndrome
- ADHD or ADD
- Children with study skill difficulties/ self-organization difficulties
- Children having difficulty understanding social skills
What Age Can Behavior Therapy Start
Behavior Therapy can start as early as birth, but typically begins when a child receives a diagnosis from a Physician or a referral from a School District. Some children receive a diagnosis as early as 12-15 months of age, while others are not diagnosed until they begin showing difficulties in school.
Sensational Kids combines their knowledge and expertise in ABA and bases many of their interventions on the research of Dr. Stanley Greenspan, who provides a Developmental Model for educating children with special needs. Dr. Greenspan invented the DIR/Floortime: (Developmental, Individual-Difference, Relationship-Based) Model whose therapeutic application is called, Floortime . Understanding child development allows for the most appropriate treatment of children.