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What Is Applied behavior analysis (ABA) Therapy?

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a type of therapy for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), intellectual disabilities (ID), and other related disabilities, but the skills and techniques learned can be for anyone. 

The goal of ABA is to improve social, communication, and learning skills through positive reinforcement. At The Sensory Spot we incorporate ABA techniques in to all of our classes and services.

For those needing ABA therapy and specialized training we have partnered with Key Essentials to Behavior Management to provide certified professional ABA therapy on site. 


Services provided by Key Essentials to Behavior Management

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The Sensory Spot is proud to offer ABA services in addition to our normal services. Our ABA services are provided by leading industry experts Key Essentials to Behavior Management, Corp.

Key Essentials provides comprehensive individualized Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services for children 2-18 years old, adults 18 years or older diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Intellectual Disability (ID) and other related disabilities. 

In addition to individual therapy Key Essentials also provides caregiver and staff training in the ABA field. 

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How It Works

At Key Essentials, intensive evidence based methods of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) will enable families to sustain the gains made by the consumers.

A prominent feature of Key Essentials will be our utilization of the Simulation Model (SM).  The SM will enable us to teach caregivers/staff and consumers how to correctly employ ABA strategies in a variety of situations so that when services are no longer required and behavioral challenge arises, they will know how to employ the correct strategy.

 These phases include:

  1. Behavioral Assessment (FBA)

  2. Presentation of behavioral goals and concepts, explanation of programs and instructions.

  3. Implementation of program procedures and goals.

  4. Administration of programs and give feedback in vivo while evaluating performances to clarify misconceptions.

  5. Examine programs for maintenance, summarize programs, give insight to any difficulties, analyze the process, and practice in community setting. 

  6. Transition and fade out services.

Other approaches include, but are not limited to Incidental Teaching (IT), Direct Instruction (DI), Discrete Trial Training (DTT), Natural Environment Training (NET), and Pivotal Response Training (PRT). At Key Essentials, we recognize that the interplay between intensive ABA behavioral practices and our quality behavior skills training will empower caregivers and staff to sustain the gains made throughout their transaction with us.  Moreover, Key Essentials expectation of the family is to be responsive to feedback, independent to learning behavior analytic skills, and sensitive to cause and effect relationships within the family unit. This will enable longevity in intensive ABA practices and knowledgeable caregiver’s, which creates confidence in their teaching and understanding of their consumer’s needs. 

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