What is ABA?
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the science of human behavior that began with the work of B.F. Skinner over 70 years ago. Skinner discovered that the social and physical environment teaches us how to behave. The teaching that we do is based on the principles of ABA. If you really understand behavior analysis, then you can understand the real causes of human behavior. If you apply that knowledge to an understanding of children with autism who have difficulties with communicating, learning and challenging behaviors and you use the tools developed through behavior analysis (referred to as behavior modification), then you can have success teaching individuals how to communicate and learn.
What is VB?
In Verbal Behavior, B.F. Skinner outlined his analysis of Verbal Behavior (VB) which describes a group of verbal operants, or functional units of language. Skinner explained that language could be analyzed into a set of functional units, with each type of operant serving a different function. He coined terms that didn’t exist (to separate these operants from anything described by traditional linguistics) for these operants. VB is ABA with a focus on Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior; it is the application of the science of behavior analysis to teach verbal behavior.
What is NET?
The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) provides a special program called Natural Environment Training (NET). Families are eligible for this program while their child is enrolled at BACA and receiving all in center clinically indicated services as recommended by their child’s therapy team. BACA’s hope is to provide support to all families in their home environment and in their community. BACA encourage all families to take advantage of this opportunity because it’s understood that all gains of the clients need to be generalized across all settings, situations and people and this will only be accomplished through educating the parents.
The NET program is designed to show the family how to create meaningful language opportunities while successfully promoting appropriate behavior. Our goal is to coach parents how to create a language-based environment and maximize teaching opportunities. These sessions may occur in the home, during mealtime, sibling play, or in the community (restaurants or shopping). Please contact your consultant or clinical director for more information on BACA’s NET program.
Therapy at BACA
Therapy sessions are broken up into two one-on-one sessions and midday sessions. One-on-one therapy sessions last for three hours each in the AM and the PM. All full day clients have one AM session from 8:30 – 11:30, two midday sessions, and one PM session from 1:30-4:30. However, schedules are set based on clinical need and vary widely from child to child.
8:30 – Client Drop off
8:30 – 11:30 – A.M. Therapy Session
11:30 – 1:30 – Small Group Therapy
1:30 – 4:30 – P.M. Therapy Session
4:30 – Client Pick Up
We try to meet the many needs of clients through our various programs, including:
Extended Services–Evening programming for children who attend school during the day
Sprouts–An early learner program for children preparing to transition to a general education, school or preschool environment (integrated with typically developing peers year round).
Atlas Program–An intensive clinic format for families visiting from out of state or out of the country.
Speech and Occupational Therapy–We have onsite SLPs and OTs who assess and deliver therapy to your child and coordinate with their ABA staff.
Summer programming–For children to receive intensive training in a few areas or retain skills through the summer months (integrated with typically developing peers).