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    I hereby register for the treatment center for 1-on-1 care in Amsterdam. A beautiful natural playground is located behind our center, and there is a garden. Please indicate if you are interested in the Autism class with the opportunity to participate in inclusive education in a primary school setting, or if you are interested in support at school or the international school.

    What is ABA?

    From the ABA method we teach the child skills in the field of behavior, language and play. The child’s motivation is central!

    Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a form of intensive behavioral therapy. In Dutch we also call it Applied Behavioral Analysis. We always work from the motivation of the child to (playfully) teach as many skills in the field of language, play and behavior. This method is very suitable for children with autism spectrum disorder, but also for children with ADHD, Down’s syndrome or other behavioral or learning difficulties. The care can be used for children up to 18 years.

    Hereby we offer the child the help they need (prompts), so that they can learn without error (errorless learning). We can divide skills that we want to teach the child into smaller skills that we then practice repeatedly. Because we reward the desired behavior of the child, the child will show this more often in the future. ABA distinguishes itself from other treatment methods because it focuses exclusively on observable (observable) behavior. The guidance is individual and is carried out by professionals trained in ABA.

    Within ABA we can focus our attention roughly on various components, such as:

    • Promoting language development. A great emphasis is placed on learning how to mandate (asking for what you want), because being able to express your wishes properly can reduce or prevent many problem behaviors. To stimulate language development, we work from Skinner’s Verbal Behavior.
    • Learning skills in areas such as play, social behavior, self-reliance and task-oriented behavior.
    • Reducing problem behavior. By analyzing when the behavior occurs and what the function of the behavior is, a plan can be drawn up to reduce problem behavior and learn a desired alternative.

    There are also various other forms of guidance that can be classified under the ABA denominator, such as Discrete Trial Training (DTT) and Pivotal Response Training (PRT). Both interventions are based on ABA’s behavioral principles. Components of DTT include dividing a skill into smaller steps, teaching one sub-skill at a time, reducing help and shaping behavior until the child has fully mastered the skill. PRT focuses primarily on creating learning situations in the daily environment. Both intervention techniques can be dealt with in an ABA program.


    Does it work?

    More than 50 years of scientific research has shown that ABA is an effective treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders.

    For children with autism spectrum disorders there are many forms of guidance and treatment, such as Son-Rise, TEACCH, facilitated communication and animal therapy. Many intervention methods used to stimulate the development of children, however, have not been scientifically investigated for their effectiveness. ABA is based on more than 50 years of scientific research and has been used successfully in the United States for a long time. Many international studies show that ABA is effective and more and more publications are appearing in the Netherlands in which this emerges.

    The following emerges from the report of the Health Council (2009):

    Early intensive behavioral interventions (EIBI) currently have the best papers with regard to effectiveness in improving cognitive, communication and social skills and reducing problem behavior in children with ASD (evidence level 2 to 3). Although there are different forms of EIBI, they all have as essential elements techniques developed within learning theory and behavioral theory. In addition, the involvement of parents in the treatment is crucial. At EIBI, children with ASD, usually at home, are taught a number of skills by a trained team that includes both teachers and parents. The training is given in a one-to-one setting. What the child is taught depends on its specific possibilities and limitations. The therapy is intensive (on average one and a half to two years from twenty to thirty hours a week with peaks to more than six years, forty hours a week) and is started on average when the child is 3.5 years old.

    A number of studies on effectiveness have also been summarized on the website of Actie bij Autisme:

    Scientific research has been done into this method. ABA is effective in improving behavior and learning new skills (Goldstein, 2002; Odom et al., 2003; McConnell, 2002). In addition, studies show that ABA is effective in reducing problem behavior (Horner et al., 2002). Studies also show that if ABA is intensively implemented (more than 20 hours per week) and in the early years of life (younger than four years) ABA contributes positively to the development of the child and there is a decrease in need for assistance (Smith, 1999). But more studies need to be done to confirm these results. The United States Surgeon General (1999) concluded: Thirty years of research shows that ABA methods are effective in reducing unwanted behavior and promoting communication skills, learning skills and appropriate social behavior.

    Who are we?

    ABA Center International (ACI) is an international ABA organization, filled with passion to help all the clients that come to us. We currently are able to provide ABA services in the Netherlands, and in the USA (Utah). ACI is led by the directors Jennifer Niemeijer and Lilyan W.J. Campbell who are both Board Certified Behavior Analysts with over 15 years of experience in ABA in both the USA and the Netherlands.

    Lilyan is a BCBA and licensed psychotherapist. She has 20+ years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families in Europe and the USA. Lilyan is also Clinical Director of ABA Works in the USA. She speaks at ABA conferences, develops ABA training courses, and enjoys developing and implementing Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) strategies. She is a mother of 2 amazing sons. Her passion can be seen when she helps her clients and her entire team to achieve goals. 

    Jennifer is a BCBA and BIG registered nurse. She has 20+ years of experience in working in the pediatric health care field and 18+ years of experience in caring for children and adults with developmental delays. Furthermore, she has personal experience as a mother of four adult children with various diagnoses at a young age. All the children have acquired more than one diploma. Two of the oldest have a job, a relationship, and live independently. The youngest two are still studying and one of the two lives independently.

    We are a multidisciplinary team, with an important common denominator: Enthusiasm, quality, and professionalism!

    Because we often provide outpatient care, we also work in Groningen, Flevoland and Noord-Holland. Our Center is located in Amsterdam, Van Speijkstraat 37. Contact us for the possibilities!