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ABA Therapy

ABA therapy, also known as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science of behavior utilized in the real world. This science has been known as one of the most effective treatments for children with Autism (ASD) and other behavioral concerns. Research has found that ABA can be used to assist children with classroom integration, skill development, and of course, behavior modification if they receive high-quality, intensive, evidence-based intervention early enough. 

How ABA Can Help Your Child

Behavioral concerns can affect each person within a family and can create a highly stressful environment. At MIS, our Licensed Behavior Analysts (BCBA's & BCaBA's) assist by creating specialized programs for behavior reduction while using ABA techniques at home, school, and/or out in the community. 

MIS assists families to modify environmental factors and provide parent and/or teacher training to increase appropriate behaviors while reducing problem behaviors such as aggression, tantrums, property destruction, and noncompliance. 

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So, what behaviors can you work with in ABA?

  • Aggressive Behavior

  • Attention Deficit Disorders

  • Autism & Related Disorders

  • Bedtime Problems

  • Bi-Polar Disorders

  • Classroom Management

  • Conduct Disorder

  • Daily Living Skills Training

  • Defiant Behaviors

  • Developmental Disorders

  • Discrete Trials Training

  • Emotional Disturbances

  • Enuresis & Encopresis

  • Food Refusal

  • Food Selectivity

  • Functional Communication Training

  • Hyperactive Disorders

  • Impulsiveness

  • Medication Refusal

  • Mental Illness

  • Self-Injury

  • Skills Training

  • Sleeping Problems

  • Social Skills Training

  • Stereotypical Behavior

  • Tantrums

  • Tourette Syndrome

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Verbal Behavior Programming

  • Vomiting & Rumination

  • Mouthing

  • Noncompliance

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders

  • Oppositional Behaviors

  • Phobias

  • Pica

  • Play & Leisure Skill Training

  • Prader-Willi Syndrome

  • Running Away

  • Self-Care Skills Training

What is ABA Therapy

ABA Therapy utilizes the methods and strategies based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) which has studied the science of learning and behavior to better support the development language, improve social skills, increase communication skills, incorporate play and daily living skills, and provide behavior management, and much more. 

The science of ABA has been proven to be most effective for younger children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, when early intervention is incorporated in their treatment plan. This safe and effective treament method works with Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) to tailor an indiviudalized plan for your child. Each goal is chosen to best suit your child and their needs and they continue to develop their skills. 

Where can we receive ABA Services?

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School Based Therapy


Home Based Therapy


Community Based Therapy

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In ABA you will work with

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA): Main supervisor, completes assessment, program creator, behavior plan creator & parent trainer. 

Registered Behavior Technician (RBT): Provides direct services based on the programs and behavior plans created by their supervisor, the BCBA. 

At times, with a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA): Under the supervision of the BCBA, can assist with creating programs, completing assessments, supervising, creating behavior plans & providing parent training. 

How does ABA work? 

ASSESSMENT. To begin, our licensed Behavior Analysts (BCBA or BCaBA) will complete a thorough behavioral assessment created to determine the function of the clients behavior and the appropriate behaviors we would like to teach and encourage that would assist the clients in their lives. Understanding that all behaviors have a purpose, we assess the clients environment and interactions to determine what the client may receive from engage in unwanted behavior and create a plan to modify these behaviors to more appropriate behaviors.

INDIVIDUALIZED TREATMENT PLAN. Based on the assessment completed, an individualized behavioral treatment plan is created to meet the unique needs of the individual and family. Utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), a plan is developed to reduce undesirable behaviors and increase appropriate alternative behaviors that will increase the clients quality of life. 


TRAINING PARENTS AND OTHER CAREGIVERS. As an integrative team, we believe that families and caregivers are the cornerstone to treatment as they are often with the client longer than we are as professionals. We provide unique support and training to parents and other caregivers in order to provide them with the confidence needed to implement treatment programs created. As the therapist continues to learn the child (adolescent), we provide training to caregivers on what to do in specific and general situations. We value the team approach and working directly with parents in order to ensure that the client learns how to respond with multiple caregivers in different settings, not just in the presence of the therapist. 

MONITORING PROGRESS. As behavior therapists, we are constantly taking information, which we call data. This can be in regards to specific skill development or behavioral concerns. By recording instances and progress, the supervisor is able to systematically monitor the clients progress and modify programs as we move forwards towards treatment goals. At MIS we believe that time is precious. When a supervisor notices a program or approach is ineffective as moving towards progress, they will often change the technique, approach or program. 

FADING OUT. For all of our clients, our goal is to provide families and clients with the tools necessary to maintain the progress that has developed. Once we have consistency and behaviors are modifying in the desired direction, we will gradually and systemically fade out, while maintaining support for the families and caregivers. 

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Their behavior is not their disability; rather it is the result of his experiences and the contingencies that have previously existed.

Amelia Dalphonse

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