Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a therapeutic approach rooted in the principles of behaviorism, designed to bring about positive and meaningful changes in behavior. ABA therapy is widely recognized for its effectiveness in treating individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) but is also applied in various other contexts.
Behavioral Assessments – Board Certified Behavior Analysts’ (BCBA) conduct detailed assessments to understand an individual's behavior patterns, strengths, and challenges. These assessments guide the development of personalized intervention plans.
Targeted Behavior Management - ABA focuses on identifying and modifying specific behaviors to improve daily functioning and enhance social and communication skills. Positive behaviors are reinforced, while challenging behaviors are addressed through evidence-based interventions.
Data-Driven Approach - A distinctive feature of ABA is its reliance on data collection and analysis. Technicians systematically track behavior changes, allowing for continuous evaluation of the effectiveness of interventions and adjustments to the treatment plan as needed.
Reinforcement Techniques – Positive reinforcement is a cornerstone of ABA therapy. It involves rewarding desired behaviors to increase their occurrence. This can include verbal praise, tokens, or other incentives tailored to the individual's preferences.
Generalization and Maintenance – ABA aims to ensure that newly acquired skills generalize to various settings and are maintained over time. Technicians work on fostering the application of skills beyond the therapy environment, promoting lasting behavioral changes.
Collaboration with Families and Caregivers – ABA therapy recognizes the importance of involving families and caregivers in the treatment process. Collaboration ensures consistency in implementing strategies and facilitates the generalization of skills to everyday life.
Individualized and Flexible Approach – ABA therapy is highly individualized, considering the unique needs, preferences, and learning styles of each person. The approach is flexible, allowing for adjustments based on progress and evolving goals.
Overall, ABA therapy is a systematic and evidence-based intervention that seeks to enhance the quality of life for individuals with various behavioral challenges, with a particular emphasis on its positive impact in supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
At Blue Balloon, we provide a comprehensive system of services to address a broad spectrum of needs. We collaborate with the child’s family, school, social worker, and medical provider to design a program that is tailored for success. We are committed to empowering and inspiring our children to reach their personal best.
Our center provides a nurturing environment for young learners to grow and practice new skills. In our pre-school like setting, each child receives one-on-one with a trained behavior technician overseen by a licensed BCBA. Typically, services occur for 20 to 40 hours per week depending on your child’s specific needs. Individual strengths and needs are identified across all developmental areas including communication, cognition, life skills, social and play skills. Occupational, Speech or Physical Therapy can be woven into your child’s program, as necessary. We offer full day and half day sessions in a warm and nurturing environment and strive to provide an interactive and fun learning environment for both your child and our staff.
Our approach to ABA is a firm belief that children learn most in a fun, natural environment, rather at a traditional table and chair setting. Come visit our space featuring spacious classrooms, a sensory gym, a soft gym, an indoor playground, as well as our one-on-one therapy rooms for OT and speech therapy. Our eat-in-kitchen is clean, roomy and comfortable.
Our partnership with the parents is paramount to our kiddo’s success. With that in mind we have parent consultation rooms, conference rooms, and a computer center.
Our parent partnership equals success!
Does your child need to work on skill enhancement after school? Blue Balloon offers services in our center in both one to one and group settings. Some of the areas that can be targeted include social skills, conversation skills, decreasing problem behaviors, compliance with task demands, and expressing frustration appropriately.
Parents/caregivers and family members have a crucial
role in supporting a child with autism. Blue Balloon provides instructional sessions for family members in our centers,
which focus on teaching parents/caregivers how to utilize
ABA strategies to increase skills and decrease problem
behavior. In addition, our parent/caregiver support groups,
also give family members an opportunity to interact and
connect with other families facing similar challenges.
Blue Balloon is a world-class center for children of all ages who are on the spectrum. We provide customized services that support children, their families, and their support systems in several different environments tailored to the child’s unique needs.
Offering Early Intervention,
Afterschool, and Social Skills Groups in a warm, nurturing
Providing support in a school environment for your child to flourish and remain in the best environment suited for their skills and abilities.
Skill acquisition is
incorporated into a child’s natural routine with flexible scheduling options.