ABA Therapy

We are happy to announce that Urban Brain and Body will begin offering ABA Therapy in late February/early March!

Applied behavior analysis, or ABA, is the utilization of operant and classical conditioning that modifies human behaviors, typically as part of a learning or treatment plan.  This is done through positive reinforcement, prompting, instruction in small steps, and repeated practice in order to promote the development of language, social interactions, and independent living skills. 

ABA is the premier treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders (first on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's list of treatments.) ABA is the most widely accepted treatment among healthcare professionals and schools because it is a scientific approach to enhancing socially significant behaviors and reducing unwanted or inappropriate behaviors.

Urban Brain and Body uses ABA because it has proven as an effective treatment for children diagnosed with autism and related conditions for over 40 years.  Through frequent data analysis and environmental manipulations, UBB's Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and staff therapists will work with you and your child to increase independence and academic success through programming that is tailored to your child's needs.

About ABA Therapy

From Applied Behavior Analysis, 2nd Edition by John O. Cooper, Timothy E. Heron, and William L. Heward

Applied Behavior Analysis is the science in which tactics derived from the principles of behavior are applied systematically to improve socially significant behavior and experimentation is used to identify the variables responsible for behavior change.

From AutismSpeaks.org

Behavior Analysis focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. Positive reinforcement is one such principle. When a behavior is followed by some sort of reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. 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. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the use of these techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior. Behavior Analysts began working with young children with autism and related disorders in the 1960s. Early techniques often involved adults directing most of the instruction. Some allowed the child to take the lead. Since that time, a wide variety of ABA techniques have been developed for building useful skills in learners with autism – from toddlers through adulthood. These techniques can be used in structured situations such as a classroom lesson as well as in "everyday" situations such as family dinnertime or the neighborhood playground. Some ABA therapy sessions involve one-on-one interaction between the behavior analyst and the participant. Today, ABA is widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for autism. It has been endorsed by a number of state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Surgeon General and the New York State Department of Health. Over the last decade, the nation has seen a particularly dramatic increase in the use of ABA to help persons with autism live happy and productive lives. In particular, ABA principles and techniques can foster basic skills such as looking, listening and imitating, as well as complex skills such as reading, conversing and understanding another person’s perspective.

You May Not Know

High-quality early intervention for ASD, with ABA Therapy, can do more than improve behaviors, it can improve brain function.

Being nonverbal at age 4 does NOT mean a child will never speak. Research shows that with ABA Therapy most will learn to use words, and nearly half will learn to speak fluently.

Though autism tends to be life long, some children with ASD make so much progress with ABA Therapy that they are mainstreamed into regular education classrooms.