Applied Behaviour Analysis Child and Adolescent Services (ABACAS)
What do we do?
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is defined as the systematic application of behavioural principles in order to change socially significant behaviour Socially significant behaviour includes skills such as, language, self-help, play, social and emotional awareness/regulation, as well as academics (e.g. maths and reading).
The principles of ABA can be used to help children develop skills in their every day life, from greeting others to playing with peers, from putting on shoes to brushing your teeth. Put simply, whenever there is behaviour the principles of ABA can be applied. As well as helping individuals to acquire skills, ABA uses a functions based approach to also reduce challenging behaviours that may be serving as barriers to your child’s learning and development.
Our ABA Team work collaboratively with the Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Psychologists in the Centre. An integrated combination of ABACAS services and individual therapies (Speech, Psychology and/or Occupational Therapy) can be negotiated based on the needs of your child.
The research consistently tells us that ABA is an effective intervention!
In April 2015 the National Autism Center (NAC) released Phase 2 of The National Standards Report. This report was designed to offer parents reliable information and comprehensive resources to help them make informed choices about the most effective interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
The report reviewed interventions for ASD based on research published between 2007-2012. The results strengthen the findings from The Nationals Standards Project Phase 1, showing overwhelming empirical support for interventions that are behaviourally based.
Behavioural interventions formed the largest category of those labelled as, ‘Established Interventions.’ This means that the report depicts that there is sufficient evidence to confidently conclude that behavioural interventions are effective for individuals with ASD.
Click this link, for more detailed information on the NAC’s National Standard’s Report: http://www.nationalautismcenter.org/resources/
In addition, according to a report funded by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) ABA is the only early intervention listed as, ‘Eligible Based on Established Research Evidence’ for the Helping a Child with Autism (HCWA) funding package (Prior, Roberts, Rodger & Williams, 2011). Again, this demonstrates the wealth of research supporting ABA as an effective intervention for individuals with ASD.
Click this link here for more information and the full report of the 2011 review:
Initial appointments are scheduled with a Program Manager and will focus on your discuss your concerns, aims and together decide whether this program is the right fit for your child and family.
This will be followed by an assessment session with a Program Manager and your child. From here a program will be developed focusing on the needs of your child and a behaviour therapist will be assigned to work with them. Next, a meeting will be arranged with Program Manager, therapist and yourself to discuss the program goals and to allow opportunity to ask questions.
Once a program has been established, session times with your child’s Behavioural Therapist(s) will be scheduled. We will do our best to schedule therapy session times that are most suitable for you and your family. We encourage parent participation in therapy as much as possible. However, we are also able to conduct therapy sessions at your child’s school/day care (if permissible), if these times are more convenient.
Our Team of Behaviour Therapists
ABACAS has a team of highly dedicated and enthusiastic Behavioural Therapists. All therapists hold a degree in a related field, such as Psychology and are experienced in delivering ABA therapy sessions to individuals with developmental disabilities. All therapists are active Registered Behaviour Technicians under the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board (BACB). They are required to be currently practising and to have 5% of their work time supervised by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).
Therapists undergo continual supervision and training, with regular in-session observations, allowing ongoing professional development and ensuring high quality service delivery.
For More Information
Please contact the Centre for more information on our services on 9274 7062.