What Is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?
For children who fall on the PDD/Autism spectrum, New York Center offers a comprehensive and intensive approach known as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA focuses on increasing desired behaviors and mitigating problematic behaviors through the use of reinforcement, shaping, prompting and other behavioral principles. New York Center’s ABA therapy is highly individualized and developed to meet the specific needs of each student. Our ABA program includes the three major elements of intensive behavioral education: systematic use of behavioral teaching techniques and procedures, intensive direct instruction on a one-to-one basis, and extensive parent training and support for carry-over and generalization of learned skills. New York Center’s ABA program implements a Verbal Behavior Curriuclum. Based on the work of B.F. Skinner, Verbal Behavior programming emphasizes the teaching of funtional methods of language and communication through a variety of instructional methods. Head teachers are specially trained in developing individualized Verbal Behavior curricula for each student being served. Programming is developed for each child by New York Center’s ABA head teachers or field therapists, with specific tasks to help him or her learn and grow in both educational and natural settings. Assessment is ongoing, as each child’s progress is charted, graphed and analyzed on a daily basis.