ABA Therapy

 

ABA stands for applied behaviour analysis.  Applied behaviour analysis the science of human behaviour.  It helps us to understand what is causing and maintaining your child’s behaviour and how we can change the environment to promote more positive behaviour and skill development.  ABA therapy is the therapy that is based on applied behaviour analysis.

Why is ABA therapy recommended for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

ABA therapy programs have significant benefits to individuals on the autism spectrum.  They have been shown to:

    • increase language and communication skills,
    • improve attention, focus,
    • enhance social skills, and
    • promote academic skills.

Applied behaviour analysis is also highly effective at improving behaviours of concern. It forms the basis of all evidence based practices for addressing behaviours of concern, including Positive Behaviour Support (PBS).

ABA therapy is considered an evidence-based practice by authoritative bodies within Australia and abroad. Being ‘evidence-based’ means that the effectiveness of ABA therapy has been evaluated in a scientific way and the results of those studies show strong positive outcomes.

  • For a list of links to publications showing the strong evidence base for ABA therapy, please click here.

The Autism CRC here in Australia has recently completed a comprehensive review of interventions for children on the autism spectrum.  These reviews concluded that behaviour interventions have a positive effect on a broad range of domains.  You can read more about this report by visiting the Autism CRC website.

30 hours of therapy seems like a lot! Does my child need that much?
  • The research currently tells us that an intensive model of therapy (20+ hours per week) has the most significant and wide-reaching outcomes for young children. It is thought of as ‘best practice’ among many expert bodies.
  • At TMB, we wish to support as many families as possible to access this effective model of therapy. However, we understand that the intensive model of service may not be for everyone. We will work closely with you to help develop achievable goals for child. We will monitor the progress of your child and make recommendations for service depending on your child’s individual progress.
  • Our ABA programs include a parent training component. We want you to feel empowered to target goals outside of therapy so your child can gain even more benefits.
What happens in sessions?
  • Bubbles, disco lights, slime, swinging, water balloons! Anything goes when it comes to engaging your child and having fun!!!  At TMB, we believe that play is the best way for children to learn. Play activities provide a rich foundation on which to build communication, engagement and social interaction.  (Don’t worry – we clean up after ourselves too!!)
  • The structure and activities included in an ABA therapy session are varied, depending on the needs and preferences of your child. Your therapy team will conduct an assessment on your child’s skills and identified areas for development.
  • During a session, we may work on a wide variety of skills, including but not limited to: communication; play; visual spatial skills, such as matching; imitation; daily living skills, such as dressing, eating, toileting, self-care.
  • Motivation is the key to your child gaining benefit from each and every session. Engagement from a child should be earned by the therapist. We focus our time and resources to finding exciting toys and activities that your child loves. Your child should be excited to come through our doors and to choose to play with us.
  • We encourage parents to actively participate in therapy sessions, to ask questions and to feel involved.
What does TMB’s ABA therapy delivery model look like?

TMB has a strong training and professional development program for their therapists. We believe that the best way to provide a high-quality and accountable service is to use our own employees in delivering programs. Unfortunately, this means that TMB does not work with independent therapists or solely provide program supervision.

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