What is ABA?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a form of intensive behavioral therapy. We always work from the motivation of the learner to (playfully) teach as many skills in the field of language, play and behavior. This method is very suitable for individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), individuals with various delays, ADHD, Down Syndrome or other behavioral or learning difficulties. The care can be used for learners up to 80 years old.

Hereby we offer the learner the help they need (Prompts), so that they can learn without error (Errorless Learning). We can divide skills that we want to teach the learner into smaller skills that we then practice repeatedly. Because we reward the desired behavior of the learner, the learner 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 skills, self-help skills, self-management, 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 various forms of teaching formats that can be used, such as Discrete Trial Training (DTT), and Natural Environment Training (NET). DTT includes dividing a skill into smaller steps, and teaching one sub-skill at a time. NET focuses on teaching skills in a natural environment, using natural reinforcers.