Applied Behavioural Analysis

Applied Behavioural Analysis Therapy is the most effective and scientifically validated treatment for individuals on the Autism Spectrum. ABA therapy is considered a well-established treatment back by extensive research into how it can be used to effectively treat children and individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Applied Behavioural Analysis Therapy (ABA Therapy for short) has helped those with autism spectrum disorder learn new skills and become more independent. It enables them to use their special interests in order to functionalize all aspects of their day-to-day life. Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA, pronounced “A-B-A”) is a term used to encompass a collection of scientifically proven principles and techniques to bring about meaningful and beneficial change for individuals to increase their quality of life. 

ABA can be used to teach a variety of meaningful skills such as:

  • Learning to learn
  • Communication skills
  • Academic skills
  • Self-help skills such as toilet training
  • Social skills
  • Play skills
…and many more skills that help prepare a child for their prosperous life ahead! ABA can also help reduce behaviours that limit the acquisition of the above skills by teaching replacement skills to help the child to get their needs met without the need to engage in behaviours that may challenge.

► ABA & Autism

Applied Behaviour Analysis Therapy is a full service programme for children on the Autism Spectrum. Based on decades of research, ABA Therapy is proven to be the most effective treatment available for individuals with Autism. ABA therapy has shown improved functioning skills in reading, receptive language, and social interactions as well as reduction in challenging behaviours such as tantrums, self harm, physical aggression, or repetitive movements.  Applied Behavioural Analysis is a widely used and robust evidence-based behavioural approach, which targets specific areas based on the child’s needs. ABA practitioners are trained to break these complex skills down into small teachable ones for more sustainable success. By implementing different principles from Applied Behaviour Analysis Therapy, you can significantly reduce barriers to learning for your child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  ABA places emphasis on guiding your children towards independence by providing them with tools that will last forever.   The therapies used are systematically applied to modify challenging behaviours through positive reinforcement alone or with additional token systems based upon behaviour shaping systems. When compared to individuals who receive no ABA intervention, positive outcomes for many individuals with ASD are observed. 

ABA Therapy can Help to Improve a Child's:

APPLIED BEHAVIOURAL ANALYSIS in the UK
  • IQ (intelligence quotient)
  • language and communication
  • play skills
  • adaptive skills 
  • social interactions 
ABA utilises a wide range of evidence-based procedures to facilitate skill acquisition, reduce barriers to learning and increase independence. An individualised ABA programme targets specific areas in development based on the child’s needs and breaks these complex skills down into small, teachable skills. 

► WHEN TO USE ABA?

Applied Behavioural Analysis Therapy is a type of behavioural therapy used to support children on the spectrum who faces challenges in life. These difficulties may include things like emotional disorders, learning disabilities and anxiety. ABA Horizons utilises a wide range of evidence-based interventions to create an individualised programme for your child’s needs that targets specific areas of their development such as play skills or communication based on research into what will be most beneficial.  

We break down the process into small teachable tasks so that your child will learn new ways to adapt to life’s challenges and feel more confident over time. If you are considering starting ABA, the following information may help you decide if ABA Horizons is right for you. 

ABA may be beneficial if your child:

  • Has an ASD diagnosis.
  • Is struggling to meet their developmental milestones.
  • Has delays in areas such as language, communication, play and self-help skills.
  • Has barriers that are interfering with their learning, such as challenging behaviours or restrictive behaviour patterns.
  • Is struggling to participate in their community.
  • Is finding it difficult to make friends or socially engage.
  • Needs help with school readiness skills.

If you have more questions regarding the suitability of ABA for your child please get in touch, we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have!