Applied Behavior Analysis is a scientifically validated approach to understanding behavior and how it is affected by the environment. In this context, “behavior” refers to actions and skills, and “environment” includes any influence - physical or social - that might change or be changed by one’s behavior.
Since the 1960’s, therapists have been applying behavior analysis to help children with autism and related developmental disorders. Early techniques often involved adults directing most of the instruction; however, some recent naturalistic approaches encourage the child to take the lead. Through decades of research, the field of behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing those that may cause harm or interfere with learning.
On a practical level, the principles (how learning takes place) and methods of behavior analysis have helped many kinds of learners acquire many different skills. Techniques used within ABA can be used in structured situations, such as a classroom lesson or “everyday” situations such as family dinnertime or the neighborhood playground. Therapy sessions can include one-on-one interaction or group instruction.
Applied Behavior Analysis strives to bring meaningful and positive changes in behavior- from healthier lifestyles to the mastery of a new language - from toddlers through adulthood.
We offer center based services at our location in Chelmsford, MA. With this model, your child will have the opportunity to learn 1:1 in our structured center setting. This model allows the clinician to tailor the environment to make it most therapeutic and conductive to learning. This model also allows for social skill development among peers. Our ABA services for adults ages 18+ run M-F, 9 am-2 pm. During this time, we work 1:1 and in group settings on skills as outlined in each client’s individualized treatment plan. Opportunities for community integration, vocational and life skills training will be made to promote independence and enrichment.
We offer recurring social skills groups to all active clients at our center location. During social groups, individuals will participate in a structured activity alongside their peers. Staff support will be available to encourage interaction and generalization of skills.
We have partnered with various community organizations to offer volunteer opportunities for the individuals we serve. Additionally, we administer vocational assessments and offer job preparation and coaching services.
We provide 1:1 home and community based services for adolescents and adults ages 14+. With this model, the clinician will come to your home or community location to work with your child. This model allows parents to be the most involved with their child's therapy.