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What is Applied Behavior Analysis(ABA)? 

ABA is an evidence- based approach that focuses on teaching an individual socially significant behaviors. Some examples of socially significant behaviors are:


  • Communication 

  • Daily living skills (e.g.,getting dressed, brushing teeth)

  • Play skills 

  • Classroom readiness


Playing, sharing, social skills

Treatment Models

Focuses on targeting a few functional skills


  • Reducing dangerous or life threatening problem behaviors  and increasing appropriate behaviors 

  • Appropriate behaviors for transitions

  • Social skills with peers and family   

Usually 10-25 hours per week of 1:1 therapy 

Focused Treatment

Comprehensive Treatment

The number of hours (treatment dosage) recommended by a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) will depend on a few factors: 

  • Goals of  treatment

  • Child's strengths and needs

  • Family circumstances and preferences

  • How the child is responding to treatment 

Focuses on targeting multiple domains (e.g., communication, self-care, social, leisure) 

Examples: ​

  • Toilet training, communication, imaginative play, sharing with peers, and transitions are worked on with a 4 year old child

  • Communication, daily living skills, independent leisure activities, and following directions are worked on with a 12 year

Usually 30-40 hours per week of 1:1 therapy 

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