How Can ABA Therapy Help Develop Imitation and Play Skills?

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy does not have one set formula, which is why some many therapists utilize this method for children on the autism spectrum. ABA therapy can look different for every child, including the skills being targeted during treatment. If a young child is behind in development of their imitation and play skills, ABA therapy may be used …

What is Natural Environment Teaching (NET) in ABA Therapy?

There is always more to learn about applied behavior analysis (ABA), and there is not a finite structure for an ABA therapy session. Each child on the autism spectrum has distinct abilities and needs, therefore ABA therapy can be adapted to fit in many different settings for individuals of all ages. This means that ABA therapy can be provided in clinics, …

Stimming and How It Applies to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Learning about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can often feel like learning a new language, full of acronyms and new vocabulary. One term to know is ‘stimming,’ which comes up frequently for children who are on the autism spectrum. Stimming, short for self-stimulation, is a behavior often exhibited by individuals with ASD, but this does not mean that every person on …

What is a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) and How is it used in ABA Therapy?

When children show signs of problem behaviors, a functional behavior assessment can be very helpful in figuring out the cause of the problem behaviors. The behavior intervention plan (BIP) is based on the functional behavior assessment. The BIP’s goal is to replace the problem behaviors with more positive ones. An example could be a little boy throwing a toy every …

How Does Pediatric ABA Therapy Improve Executive Function?

Executive function (also referred to as executive functioning), which may sound like a broad term, is an integral piece of early childhood development. For children, executive functioning is essentially all of the tools children learn in order to excel in school, apart from the actual curriculum content. These skills are necessary in order to function and be productive throughout the …

What is Discrete Trial Training in ABA Therapy?

In Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, discrete trial training (DTT) is one of the most important instructional methods for children with autism spectrum disorder. This method focuses on teaching a skill through a step-by-step process, rather than teaching the desired skill all at once. It is sometimes easier to think of this training process as a “teaching attempt”. With each …

10 Easy (And Fun!) DIY Sensory Toy Ideas

If you have a child with a sensory processing disorder or autism, finding a toy that meets their unique needs can be a challenge. If you’re looking to add more sensory toys to your child’s toy box, there are many sensory toys that you can make yourself. If you’re looking for a fun (and inexpensive!) activity for the weekend, why …

Early Start Denver Model Research Results

The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is being used more and more as a treatment for autism, as research has proven its success. Since the 1980s, this model of treatment has been used by professionals to help children on the autism spectrum develop cognitive, communication, and social skills. ESDM also includes applied behavior analysis (ABA), in addition to a relationship-focused …

Probing: How Is It Used Pediatric ABA Therapy

  Background on ABA therapy While ABA therapy is often utilized with children on the autism spectrum, it can also be used with other children who are not on the spectrum, but may exhibit problematic behaviors. ABA therapy is widely used for several reasons, the first being that it is a scientific study and evidence-based. Applied behavior analysis can also …