“ABA” stands for Applied Behavior Analysis
ABA is a set of principles that form the basis for many behavioral treatments. ABA is based on the science of earning and behavior. This science includes general “laws” about how behavior works and how learning takes place. ABA therapy applies these laws to behavior treatments in a way that helps to increase useful or desired behaviors. ABA also applies these laws to help reduce behaviors that may interfere with learning or behaviors that may harmful. ABA therapy is used to increase language and communication skills. It is also used to improve attention, focus, social skills, memory, and academics. ABA can be used to help decrease problem behaviors. ABA is considered an evidence-based “best” practice treatment by the US Surgeon General and by the American Psychological Association. “Evidence based” means that ABA has passed scientific tests of its usefulness, quality, and effectiveness. ABA therapy includes many different techniques. All of these techniques focus on antecedents (what happens before a behavior occurs) and on consequences (what happens after the behavior). One technique is “positive reinforcement.” When a behavior is followed by something that is valued (a reward), that behavior is more likely to be repeated. ABA uses positive reinforcement in a way that can be measured in order to help bring about meaningful behavior change.
What does an ABA program look like?
ABA is such a broad approach that it is difficult to define what a typical program will look like. The amount of therapy and level of parent involvement varies, often according to the specific needs of the child. ABA skills training programs (such as discrete trial training, incidental teaching) can require several hours each day. While skills training programs are usually implemented by behavior therapists or teachers, parents are often taught critical skills to help their children transfer what they have learned in therapy to everyday life.
ABA skills training programs for young children are often based in the home and require special materials and a dedicated area for working. ABA behavior modification therapy may include 1-2 hours of parent training per week with the parents using strategies they learn in between visits. An ABA therapist may also consult with teachers to help support positive behaviors in the classroom.
At Catalyst Behavior Solutions, we take on a “whole environment” approach to ABA therapy. Programs and assessments are tailored to each individual child, and we work on generalizing programs across all environments. We provide an integrative team approach that includes all individuals that play an active role in your child’s life. Therapy sessions are personalized based on the child’s needs. We also provide you with measurable results! All data is taken using our online platform and graphed on a daily basis. All of our programs are research and data based, and updated according to each child’s individual data. Catalyst also offers social skills groups, school supports, parent training, and individualized behavior support plans to decrease problem behavior. We currently offer ABA therapy sessions in our amazing Layton clinic, in your home, school, and community!
Catalyst currently accepts the following insurance:
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Select Health out of network provider
207 E Gordon Ave Suite 4, Layton, Utah 84041
Phone number: 801-918-4710