What is Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)?
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is a scientific approach to understanding behaviour. It relies on the principles of learning to increase desired behaviours and to decrease behaviours that are challenging. Service begins with an individualized assessment followed by a customized plan to address family goals.
Parents are coached on how to teach new skills step by step and effectively use positive reinforcement to expand their child’s learning. When challenging behaviours interfere with learning and quality of family life, a functional behavioural assessment (FBA) can identify the key factors involved. With continued practice, the undesired behaviours can be replaced with more helpful ones. The goal of ABA is to work on skills that help children become more independent and successful.
All of our behavioural services are suitable for children ages 3 to 8 who are typically developing, diagnosed with Autism, ADHD/ADD and/or a Developmental Delay. We offer flexible dates and times and can work with you in our clinic, at home, school, daycare or in the community.
Behavioural services are provided by qualified professionals and are clinically supervised by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and a Clinical Psychologist.
Book a Free Consultation
Book a free 30-minute consultation with our Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. We will help you to identify your child’s strengths and needs and to prioritize your goals. We will then make service recommendations based on the unique needs and preferences of your family.
Skills Assessment: Building Essential Skills for Your Child
Does toilet training seem impossible?
Is your child struggling to communicate?
Are you frustrated by mealtime or bedtime routines?
Learn how to expand your child’s language, play, social and pre-academic skills or improve their independence in a specific area such as toileting, sleeping and feeding. This assessment begins with a parent interview to discuss your child’s current abilities and your goals for their skill development. The Behaviour Analyst will then provide you with data sheets so that you can record your child’s skill performance over several days and may also observe your child performing the skill. Together the observation and data collected will provide the information needed to understand your child’s current abilities and establish a starting point for teaching. At the end of the assessment, the Behaviour Analyst will meet with you to discuss the findings and work with you to develop a step by step customized teaching plan. You can begin implementing the plan at home or in the community immediately. Additional consultation and coaching sessions with the Behaviour Analyst is recommended to support you in following the plan and to ensure positive results and lasting change over time.
Functional Behavioural Assessment: Overcoming Challenging Behaviours
Do you have trouble containing your child’s tantrums?
Is your child hurting themselves or others?
Learn how to prevent your child’s challenging behaviours, respond to them when they do happen and how to support your child to demonstrate desirable behaviours instead. The goal of a functional behavioural assessment is to discover the purpose that the behaviour is serving, or the function of the behaviour. The assessment begins with a parent interview to discuss exactly what the challenging behaviour looks like and gather information on when, where, how often it occurs and how long it lasts. Parents will then record information on their child’s behaviour over several days so that patterns can be examined. The Behaviour Analyst may also observe your child’s behaviours in the context in which they occur.lThe next step is to identify the antecedents (what happens before the behaviour) and consequences (what happens after the behaviour). Analyzing the A-B-C’s (antecedent- behaviour-consequence) provides the groundwork for developing strategies to change your child’s behaviours. At the end of the assessment, the Behaviour Analyst will meet with you to discuss the findings and work with you to develop customized recommendations that you can begin implementing immediately. Additional consultation or coaching sessions with the Behaviour Analyst is recommended to support you in following the plan and to ensure positive results and lasting behaviour change over time.
Coaching Sessions: Parent Coaching/Consultation
(In Clinic, at Home, in Community or by Phone)
Once a skill-building or behaviour change plan has been developed to meet your family’s needs, consultation and coaching to follow the plan is recommended. This may include phone consultation to further discuss ABA principles and the strategies in the plan, demonstration of the techniques and direct coaching and feedback. The Behaviour Analyst will help you monitor progress towards your goals and recommend adjustments as needed. Times and locations are flexible to accommodate your busy schedule.
Direct Intervention: One on One Sessions With Your Child
As an alternative, our therapists can work directly with your child to practice skills and work towards the goals in your individualized behaviour plan. The Behaviour Analyst will follow up with you to review progress and recommend adjustments as needed. Times and locations are flexible to accommodate your busy schedule.
Introduction to Toilet Training
This workshop will help you identify whether your child and family are ready to tackle toilet training and how to prepare for the big day. You will receive a step by step toileting plan, expert tips to overcome potential challenges and you will learn how to use behavioural strategies to help your child experience success. Give our office a call to find out when the next webinar is offered.