Frequently Asked Questions
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Applied behavior analysis, or ABA, is the study of the science of behavior. It includes utilizing a set of principles and applying them to the behavior of a child or adult to create meaningful change. The procedures we utilize to teach specific behaviors are carefully measured and analyzed to determine when program changes need to occur. This data provides us with information about an individual’s learning –conditions that they need to learn, teaching tactics that work best for the individual, and the ability to use different tactics for a student to acquire a skill.
Yes. We select individualized teaching tactics from over forty years of research that are known to be effective with children with disabilities. Your child’s curriculum is completely individualized and unique to your child. ABA is not a cure. Anyone who knows ABA knows that it is not easy, however, when applied properly by trained and qualified professionals, positive results can be seen.
Every skill, task, and behavior is measured. By measuring your child’s responses, their learning tells us what works and what does not. If they are not learning, then we change our tactic to get them learning.
No. Many people picture ABA as repetitive work at a small table with little to no fun. Good ABA programs and therapists provide natural learning opportunities through your child’s environment, and they work on teaching natural, fluent responses – be it academic responses or communicative responses across environments and people. For students on the autism spectrum, tuning into our world might not be easy, but a good ABA program and therapist will figure out ways to motivate your child to not only to interact with the people in his or her “world,” but to enjoy it.
There is only one kind of ABA. Some schools, therapists or other professionals have branded their own teaching methods. While many of these methods have principles that are founded in applied behavior analysis, they are not “types” of ABA. They merely employ the principles of ABA in different ways, and vary their teaching strategies. At MCC, our programs employ the principles of applied behavior analysis across curricula that support individualized goals in a measurable way.
No. None of the A’s in ABA stand for autism. ABA can and is applied to learning across the lifespan and with all kinds of learners. Having a qualified, trained therapist is the key to successfully implementing the principles of ABA throughout numerous teaching situations and with varied learners.
No. There is a popular misconception that ABA is only for children under the age of 5. While there are many benefits to starting young with intervention, the teaching principles of ABA apply to people of all ages. ABA has been effective in teaching a variety of skills to people with and without disabilities in numerous settings: in schools, in their own homes, in public and on transportation, in recreation, in business and industry, and even in universities
If you are looking at a special school or center-based program for your child, come and visit MCC and observe. See first-hand how ABA is the only proven effective treatment for your child.