What is ABA?
ABA stands for Applied Behavior Analysis. ABA involves a system of teaching and reinforcing targeted behaviors. This method of intervention is designed to teach children to communicate more effectively through applied behavior modification techniques. While ABA therapy is more often than not the basis for behavioral intervention programs for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), research has proved these strategies to be effective in many other instances.
The general principles of ABA have always been a part of best practice at Deron and are richly ingrained into the culture of the school. Historically, students were provided with opportunities to earn rewards and/or additional experiences based on their ability to meet the expectations that were set for them. As Deron evolved, so did our ability to refine this process.
Current ABA at Deron involves observation, data collection and individualized programming to align with the school’s mission to help each learner reach his or her greatest level of independence and achievement. At Deron, Board Certified Behavior Analysts implement and oversee effective interventions for students. Areas of focus include reduction of problem behaviors, knowledge and skill acquisition with an emphasis on socialization, language and communication.