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Applied Behaviour Analysis (or ABA) is an intensive intervention used with children with developmental disabilities. It’s not as well known as other forms of intervention (e.g. speech pathology and occupational therapy) but is no less effective.
What is ABA?
ABA is built on the principles of learning and understanding the function of behaviour. As an example, young children may temper tantrum for a range of reasons. This may be because they can’t tell you what they want, they are tired, they won’t accept your “no” or they really, really want the toy/object/treat.
Once we understand why behaviour is occurring, we can change it. Sometimes this will be through building new skills or teaching alternatives ways to get needs met. Sometimes this might be through teaching tolerance to that word “no” (one possible outcome of the example above).
ABA is Person-Centred
A large component of an ABA approach is taking data. It’s because of this that people sometimes feel that ABA might be impersonal, or out of touch with our loved ones.
At the Child Wellbeing Centre, we see ABA as an individualised child-centred intervention. Goals are negotiated with parents (children too where possible) based on the principles of improving quality of life and day to day function. We want our clients to develop skills in communication, learning, socialising and behaviour. Working with a range of clients, there is nothing more watching children develop and learn.
An ABA program should include people who are significant to the client e.g. parents and carers. ABA programs for older children will often involve teachers and have input from other therapists too.
Please feel free to contact the Centre for more information about our ABA therapy services (ABACAS) on 9274 7062. We’re very happy to have a chat about how ABA services might work for your child.