Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) utilizes behavioral principles in order to develop communication, daily living skills, reciprocal social interaction and positive social behavior. It is a scientifically validated approach to understanding how environmental factors impact behavior. Positive Reinforcement is one of those principles, and explains that whenever a behavior is followed by a reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. Children receiving ABA services receive tons of positive reinforcement for demonstrating useful skills and socially appropriate behaviors related to their goals. Applied Behavior Analysis utilizes a goal driven approach to emphasize positive interactions and enjoyable learning while promoting a child’s skills through positive reinforcement, motivation, repetition, and visual aids.
ABA Services we provide:
- Direct service care (in all settings)
- Team leader (“Quarterback”)
- Parent training/consultation
- Supervision of BCBA & RBT
- Expert witness testimony
- Program assessment & development
- Workshops & trainings
Common components of ABA programming at MPG:
- Comprehensive Support – Our BCBAs provide direct intensive behavioral intervention, supervision of BCBA-eligible staff and team leadership in the home, school and community. We support the individual, family and entire educational team, including parent training, school transition and inclusion, professional workshops and expert testimony. We can also conduct educational program evaluations.
- Functional Communication – Increasing eye contact, phrases and gestures to increase effective and reciprocal communication. Our therapists are also trained in picture exchange communication (PECs)
- Increase and Maintain Reciprocal Interactions – We want children to initiate interactions in play and maintain turn taking and sensory social engagement with both peers and adults
- Focus on Play – we use a naturalistic behavioral model that is focused on learning through play and engagement. Our therapists utilize the following approaches: Early Start Denver Model, Pivotal Response Training, and Natural Environment Teaching.
- Reinforcement – focus on naturalistic, embedded reinforcers. We want the child to want to play with us and engage in a play routine. ABA is fun!
- Maintenance and Generalization – Skills need to be mastered and generalized across people and settings. It is our goal that the child will engage in desired behaviors spontaneously no matter where they are or who they are with.
- Outcome-based Decision Making – We place a large focus on initial and ongoing assessments (e.g., VB-MAPP, ABLLS, AFLS, VABS, FAST) to guide decision making, curriculum development and goal setting. This includes Functional Behavioral Assessment and BIP development. Our team meets on an ongoing basis to maintain consistency.
- Data Collection – Frequent, rigorous and meaningful data collection and monitoring via regular team meetings to ensure integrity of the program, including IOA-interobserver agreement
- Task Analysis – we break down larger behaviors into smaller tasks, then teach each task individually in order to increase mastery and fluidity of the larger behavior.
How ABA at MPG is different than a typical ABA agency:
- Experience – the majority of our staff have their doctorates or teach ABA as college professors. Our BCBAs might also be special education teachers, school psychologists, neuroscientists, social workers or clinical psychologists. This gives us a depth and breadth of knowledge far beyond ABA alone, as team leaders, supervisors and direct service care providers.
- Family Focus – our ABA clinicians are excellent at creating family-oriented, data-driven programs with real-world meaning. We focus on teaching independent life skills and reducing problematic behaviors, while also providing support to the entire family and across settings.
- Naturalistic – our ABA meets the needs of the learner and changes over time as the patient builds mastery. Our BCBAs balance teaching discrete and real-world skills in a way that harnesses the therapist-patient relationship and external rewards.
- Responsiveness – our staff are dedicated employees, not independent contractors, which means more focused attention, enhanced teamwork and better treatment fidelity across clinicians. We work in all settings, during the week and weekends! We also have two full-time administrators so you will always hear back from us within 1 business day.
MPG provides ABA services for children, adolescents and adults who may have eating, speaking, emotional, and/or behavioral difficulties. We can work in the home, at school, in the community and in our offices, during the week and even on the weekends! MPG does not accept insurance or contract directly with Early Intervention or the DOE, but can provide paid receipts for patients to submit for out-of-network reimbursement.