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    What is ABA?

    Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a popular intervention approach for individuals with disabilities, especially young children with autism.  ABA practices typically involve the following elements:

    • Managing the consequences of behavior by rewarding positive behavior, withholding positive consequences, or – in some cases – using punishment (e.g., scolding) to deter behavior.
    • Re-arranging antecedents to promote positive behavior and minimize the likelihood of problem behavior (e.g., clarifying expectations, simplifying tasks, and providing choices.
    • Teaching skills that allow individuals to be more successful and less reliant on problem behavior to meet their needs.
    Initial Assessment

    We begin with an assessment to determine levels of the child and what a treatment plan will include.  The actual assessment will be determined based on information from the intake interview and initial conversations with the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  The assessment will include: interview(s), observation(s), formal assessment, and treatment plan development.

    We use a variety of assessment tools.  Some of the tools that we may use include:

    • Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)
    • Verbal Behavior-Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP)
    • Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills – Revised (ABLLS-R)
    • Social Skills Assessment
    Treatment/Behavior Plan

    ABA therapy services are developed and supervised by a BCBA with training and experience in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other development disabilities.  The Treatment/Behavior Plan includes objective and measurable goals, beginning with baseline and mastery criteria for each one.  Therapists will implement the program under the supervision of the BCBA.  The plan and therapy programs are developed based on patient and family goals.  Some possible treatment areas your child may work on include:

    • Verbal Behavior
    • Daily Living Skills
    • Play Skills
    • Social Skills
    • Group Learning
    • Academics
    • Independence
    • Challenging Behavior Reduction
    1-on-1 Applied Behavior Analysis Services

    Consistent therapy services are very important to the success of the child. Programs are run and data collected based on the treatment plan. The supervising BCBA continues to monitor and modify the program based on data outcomes and the goals of the child and family. You will have access to all documentation to monitor your child’s progress.

    ABA Therapy

    Analytical, goal-driven, empowering, and supportive ABA Services for children in the Black Hills area of South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska.  Through the use of evidence-based teaching methods, our ABA treatment programs change behaviors.  Our goal is to promote independence and give children and families a greater quality of life.

    In-Clinic & Community ABA Services

    We want to empower children to reach their full potential through early intervention therapy based on the science of ABA.  Our treatment programs are individualized and provided in our Rapid City clinic.

    Parent Training & Consultation

    Parent involvement is key to the success of any treatment program. We provide parent training and education designed to teach you effective parenting techniques. Research shows that when parents are actively involved in the implementation.