Our ABA Therapy Techniques

Chicago ABA Therapy employs evidence-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques to foster positive behavioral changes in individuals with autism spectrum disorder and related developmental challenges. Our tailored approach combines scientifically proven methods with compassionate care, empowering clients to thrive in their daily lives. From discrete trial training to naturalistic teaching strategies, we are dedicated to maximizing each individual's potential for growth and success.
Discrete Trial Training (DTT) | Chicago ABA Therapy

Discrete Trial Training (DTT)

This technique breaks down skills into smaller, discrete parts and teaches each step of the skill one at a time. It involves a structured sequence where a prompt is given, a response is made by the child, and depending on the response, reinforcement is provided. DTT is particularly effective for teaching simple skills and behaviors.
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Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) | Chicago ABA Therapy

Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)

The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is a comprehensive behavioral early intervention approach designed for young children with autism, ages 12 to 48 months. It integrates applied behavioral analysis (ABA) techniques with developmental and relationship-based strategies, focusing on boosting language, cognitive, and social skills through natural, play-based interactions. ESDM is celebrated for its emphasis on early intervention, aiming to harness the plasticity of the young brain to foster positive developmental trajectories.
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Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) | Chicago ABA Therapy

Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI)

EIBI is a type of ABA for very young children with ASD, often under the age of 5. It involves intensive therapy, typically 20-40 hours per week, focusing on a wide range of skills, including social, communicative, and adaptive behaviors.
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Pivotal Response Training (PRT) | Chicago ABA Therapy

Pivotal Response Training (PRT)

PRT targets "pivotal" areas of a child’s development, such as motivation and response to multiple cues, with the goal of producing positive changes in other social, communicative, and behavioral areas. PRT is child-directed, and activities are embedded in natural, play-based interactions.
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Natural Environment Training (NET) | Chicago ABA Therapy

Natural Environment Training (NET)

NET takes place in the child's natural environment (e.g., home, playground) and uses naturally occurring opportunities for learning to encourage the child's active participation. The goal is to make learning more relevant and engaging for the child by incorporating their interests and activities from daily life.
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Functional Communication Training (FCT) | Chicago ABA Therapy

Functional Communication Training (FCT)

FCT focuses on teaching alternative communication strategies to reduce problematic behaviors. It involves identifying the purpose behind a challenging behavior and teaching the child a more appropriate way to communicate that need or desire.
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Verbal Behavior Intervention (VBI) | Chicago ABA Therapy

Verbal Behavior Intervention (VBI)

VBI is focused on teaching verbal skills, emphasizing the function of words and language. This approach is based on B.F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior and seeks to teach communication that is functional for the child.
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Positive Behavior Support (PBS) | Chicago ABA Therapy

Positive Behavior Support (PBS)

PBS is a comprehensive approach that looks at the broader context of the child's environment to understand and address behavioral challenges. It involves identifying the reasons for behaviors and modifying the environment and teaching new skills to improve behavior.
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Social Groups | Chicago ABA Therapy

Social Groups

Social groups in ABA therapy are structured sessions where children with autism or other developmental disorders engage in activities designed to enhance their social skills and interactions. Led by trained therapists, these groups offer a supportive environment for practicing communication, turn-taking, empathy, and friendship-building skills. Through play and guided interaction, children learn to navigate social situations more effectively, improving their ability to connect with peers and participate in community life.
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Comprehensive ABA Treatment | Chicago ABA Therapy

Comprehensive ABA Treatment

Comprehensive ABA Treatment is an intensive, holistic approach to therapy designed for individuals with autism spectrum disorder, focusing on a wide range of developmental areas including communication, social skills, and adaptive behavior. This treatment plan typically involves a significant number of therapy hours each week, aiming to produce broad and significant improvements across various domains of functioning. It is tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual, employing evidence-based practices to facilitate learning and growth in a structured yet flexible manner.
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Focused ABA Treatment | Chicago ABA Therapy

Focused ABA Treatment

Focused ABA Treatment is a targeted form of Applied Behavior Analysis designed to address specific behavioral goals in children with autism. This personalized approach concentrates on a limited number of objectives at a time, allowing for more intensive and effective intervention in key areas of development. Ideal for children who may not need comprehensive therapy, it offers a tailored solution that fosters significant improvements in behavior and skills.
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130+ 5-Star Google Reviews | Chicago ABA Therapy

"We were so happy with our experience with Chicago ABA. We began working with them when our son was almost 4, a few months after his autism diagnosis. It was such an amazing team to work with - everyone was professional, responsive, flexible, and worked so hard for our son to meet his goals, which he did beautifully. We worked together for almost 2 years before he left for kindergarten, and in that time period he met almost all of his goals. We went through several bumps in the road with behavioral difficulties, and the Chicago ABA team did an amazing job helping us problem solve, try new strategies and think of ways to translate those strategies at home. We couldn't recommend them more highly - anyone who works with Chicago ABA will be lucky to have the experience!"

"Chicago ABA Therapy is a boon for special needs kids and parents. They take a play-based, personalized approach and meet the kids where they are. They also go above and beyond - our ABA therapist took time to make sure we as parents understood every aspect of our child's experience, understood how to read his progress reports and generally made us feel a part of his therapy. My child loved all his therapists. Highly recommend the team!"

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