Applied Behavior Analysis
High quality ABA, that follows best practices is compassionate, flexible, and naturalistic. We have cultivated our skills for decades as a team to assure the best outcomes for our clients. Highly trained clinicians with decades of experience continue to grow and evolve their practices here.
Common Program Components: (ordered alphabetically):
adaptive and self-care skills
attending and social referencing
coping and tolerance skills
language and communication
play and leisure skills
reduction of interfering or inappropriate behaviors
self-advocacy and independence
Our clinicians use the following methodologies to
guide our practice:
Routine Based Interventions
Trauma Informed ABA
Pivotal Response Training
Natural Environment Teaching
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
The Science of Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific approach to improving socially significant behaviors. It is empirically validated, long-standing method for changing human behavior. B.F. Skinner is known as one of the founding fathers of the field of Behavior Analysis. His work dates back to the 1930's and was later developed into by Ivar Lovaas in the 1960's.
Applied Behavior Analysis, also referred to as ABA is based on evidenced-based scientific methods using the 7 dimensions. (Baer, Wolf, Risley, 1968)
Clinicians assure treatment plans address all these 7 dimensions:
1) Generality (assuring the behaviors generalize across people, environments, and time).
2) Effective (data and client feedback validates the effectiveness of the treatment).
3) Technological (interventions are to be designed with sufficient detail that it can be replicated.
4) Applied (ABA programs are created to add social significance to the individual and their families.
5) Conceptually Systematic-that the intervention is research- based and represents principles of applied behavior analysis.
6) Analytic-using data to make decisions.
7) Behavioral-measurable change in desired behavior.
Model of Service
Applied Behavior Analysts works in 2 and 3 tier models. Let's take a look at all levels.
1. Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). BCBAs are masters level professionals who have studied and received
intensive education and practice hours and testing to assure a minimum level of expertise. Ongoing education and mentorship is required for all.
2. Mid-Tier- (Associate Supervisors)- Associate Supervisors provide direct training, support and supervision to the Behavior Interventionists. Mid-tier aka (Associate Supervisors) have extensive clinical experience, are enrolled in school to develop their career further and are also in the process of working towards being a BCBA, themselves.
3. Behavior Interventionist, RBT or ABAT)- Behavior Interventionists receive over 40 hours of training prior to meeting our clients. Behavior Interventionists also receive ongoing training from the supervisor of each case they serve on.
Per the BACB, Behavior Analysis Certification Board, as of July 2021, there are 48,124 BCBAs worldwide with 102, 937 RBTs or Behavior Interventionists directly, working with our clients. There is a serve shortage of BCBAs and technician level staff despite the expediential growth of the Certification since 1999.
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
How Much ABA?
Board Certified Behavior Analysts recommend the quantity of hours of an ABA program after they have completed a Functional Behavior Analysis or Assessment. There is research that indicates best practices in outcomes are seen when there is a level of consistency and intensity within the program. There are two type of programs, Focused ABA and Comprehensive ABA.
Focused ABA addresses treatment provided directly to the client for a limited number of behavioral targets. Focused ABA is prescribed at 10-25 hours per week of direct treatment, plus direct and indirect supervision and caregiver training). This treatment can include increasing socially appropriate behavior or reducing problem behavior .
Focused ABA plans are appropriate for individuals who:
(a) need treatment only for a limited number of key functional skills or
(b) have such acute problem behavior that its treatment should be the priority.
Comprehensive ABA addresses treatment in multiple developmental domains, including: cognitive, communicative, social, emotional, and adaptive functioning. Treatment focuses can include Early Intervention as well as maladaptive behaviors, such as elopement, tantrums, lack of compliance, aggressive and self-injurious behaviors. Comprehensive ABA programs are prescribed at 30-40 hours of 1:1 direct treatment to the client per week, plus parent training, supervision, and possible other needed services. Younger children increase their ability to attend to sessions for longer durations over time. Love 2 Learn uses many forms of Natural Environment Teaching so that these sessions feel like play to the client. Research findings regarding the intensity required to produce good outcomes supports Comprehensive ABA.
Research also shows time spent away from therapy may result in regression, increased costs and greater dependence on more intensive services across the life span. Empowering parent, family members and other caregivers to manage problem behavior and to partake in supporting the plan is a critical component of this treatment model.
Natural Environment Teaching
At Love 2 Learn quality ABA is compassionate, fun, structured and flexible. Natural Environment Teaching isa powerful component to an ABA program. Highly skilled therapists provide our clients with hundreds of opportunities per session to practice novel and mastered skills, without our learners ever knowing it. It looks and feels like play, this what is Natural Environment Teaching looks and feels like. 80% of all that we do needs to occur with ease and 20% can be skills in progress in order to achieve any learner's best performance.