Behaviour Therapy in Toronto and the GTA
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
Behaviour therapy or ABA therapy relies on principles of behaviour analysis that has helped different learners learn a variety of new skills including language. ABA therapy helps children with autism and other developmental disorders to acquire and master new skills.
Behaviour analysis focuses on how learning takes place. When behaviour is followed by a positive reinforcement or a reward, the behaviour is more likely to happen again. Through years of research behaviour analysis has developed techniques for increasing useful behaviours and reduce behaviours that are harmful to child’s learning and independence. ABA behaviour uses techniques from behaviour analysis to bring positive changes in a child’s behaviour.
ABA therapy for children with Autism
ABA therapy is widely recognized as effective treatment for children with autism. ABA therapy has proven to increase positive behaviours in children with autism and increase independence in all aspects including language use, communication and social interaction. ABA programs allow children with autism to learn, practice and master a variety of skills in both structured and unstructured settings.
ABA therapy at Speech Therapy Works
At Speech Therapy Works we understand the importance of ABA therapy. Children with autism receive ABA therapy prior to speech therapy or along with speech therapy. We customize programs and goals to each child’s skills, needs and interests. A Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) completes the initial consultation or assessment using parent reports and formal tools to design the intervention including creating programs and data collection methods. The BCBA also oversees the intervention and makes necessary changes as progress is achieved by the child. Goals and programs target a broad range of skills including language, communication, self care, safety, motor skills, toileting, academic skills and attention. The instruction plan breaks down desired skill into steps to be taught from simplest to more complex.
Speech Therapy Works team consists of child friendly BCBA and Instructor therapists. We are passionate about working with children with varied skills. We use a family oriented method to develop programs and implement programs. We provide ABA therapy at our clinic and at the convenience of your home in Toronto and the GTA.