What is ABA Therapy?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has long been considered the gold standard for the treatment of Autism. It is an evidence-based approach to teach new skills, refine learned skills and reduce problem behavior. ABA has a long history and like all science it has grown and evolved over the years. At one time, the focus was on redirection, modification and compliance. Caregivers were taught to physically redirect, repeat commands and to ignore behaviors.
At First Children, we prioritize connection over compliance. We learn our clients’ needs by listening to them and observing their likes, interests and aversions. We create an environment where the feeling of safety is ensured. We know the only learning happens when they are happy, relaxed and engaged. We know there is still improvement to be made and we are dedicated to raising awareness and accountability. We have committed to working with other professionals who have focused their careers on making sure that the voices of our most vulnerable individuals are heard and protected.
Our team will work with the individual and their family to understand preferences and aversions whether they are tangible items or social interactions. We listen to how they communicate and what is being communicated through behavior.
We make sure that the environment is filled with objects and activities that will allow each child to feel safe and in control. We follow their lead and ensure they know we see them, hear them and are there for them. By creating joy, we empower each individual to reach their greatest potential without feeling coerced.
We gradually introduce skills while ensuring each child feels empowered. We are teaching them that even though we may not always understand what they are trying to communicate, they do not need to comply against their will nor do they need to engage in challenging or unsafe behavior.
When our learners are happy, relaxed and engaged and understand they have control, the possibilities are endless. Whether it is child, clinician or parent lead, the individual is learning and teaching us at the same time.
We know that most individuals have had trauma or had experiences of being coerced, misunderstood or ignored. It takes time to restore that trust and maintaining it is a process.
At FCS we don't believe in working through a behavior in order to teach a new skill or ignoring a behavior. Behavior is communication. New skills will be learned when your child is connected to the person teaching the skill.
First Children’s ABA
We work with various health insurance providers and assist families in identifying the benefits they are qualified to receive. To learn more about insurance coverage for our ABA therapy services, please call our intake and referral hotline at (888) 966-0746 or email email@example.com.
understood his needs, his BCBA and support staff came up with an individualized
plan to meet those needs, and made my family feel supported and valued.”
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