What is ABA?
ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) is a set of principles that are based on the science of learning and behaviour. ABA therapy uses evidence-based strategies and principles to increase behaviours that we want to see more of and decrease behaviours that may be harmful or challenging. It can help improve skills in areas such as: language, communication, self-help, toileting, comprehension, attending, pre-academic skills and so much more! By using the principles of ABA, individualized goals are created, skills are taught and data is collected in order to track progress.
Why might my child need ABA?
A student who struggles with communication, attending, social skills, or learning can benefit from ABA therapy. Depending on the need, there are multiple formats that ABA therapy can take.
1:1 ABA Therapy:
A child can benefit from 1:1 individual therapy in order to teach, reinforce, and practice foundational skills that can then be generalized into their natural environment. This format is a more intense version of ABA (sometimes called IBI) and is highly individualized and often recommended for early learners.
We offer group ABA therapy on topics such as social skills, emotional regulation and school readiness. This could be a great way for a child to practice skills in a small group and highly supported setting.
ABA can also support with behaviour management. By using a function-based approach, a plan can be created to help manage challenging behaviour and increase functional replacement skills.
Parent training is also offered to help support the child at home and to generalize skills to the home environment. If your child is struggling with behaviour at home or if you’re looking for ways to further support their leaning goals, parent training is an option.
Our ABA team is available to consult with your child’s school team in areas of behaviour management, learning goals, and staff training.
Our ABA Therapists
Shira Karpel, MEd, BCBA
Director of Behavioural Services
Senior ABA Therapist