Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) is a branch of science concerned with the application of basic principles of behaviour and learning. ABA is commonly practiced as a therapeutic intervention for individuals with autism. ABA-based therapy applies the science of how behaviour works to real-life situations. ABA-based therapy programs can help:
Our program is based on Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) principles and involves:
ABA programs may range from 3 – 25 hours weekly, depending on the child’s needs. The ABA program may focus on a particular behaviour or skill, or it may be more broadly targeting a range of developmental areas at the same time, like communication, self-care and play skills.
Depending on children’s needs, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) interventions can be delivered one to one, at the centre, in school, at home or in the community.
ABA can be done at the table or through play. The procedures used is dependent on your child’s age, level of engagement, learning style, level of compliance and the overarching goals of their program.
Within their sessions, clients are given lots of opportunities to practice new skills (high repetition of practice). As their skill repertoire increases, further skills are added to their programs. Over time, these skills may be combined to form more complex behaviours, such as: conversations, cooperative play, observational learning, daily living routines etc.
Throughout the session, client’s work on individual goals across domains including: fine motor, gross motor, communication, social, self-help and visual perception
ABA sessions are similar to group or kindergarten programs. Clients’ are dropped off by parents/care-givers at the start of their session and collected at the designated session completion time. Unfortunately, observing sessions on a regular basis is difficult as we have a range of other programs and clients in the same space.
It is possible to organise time to view some of the session, however this needs to be discussed with your therapist ahead of time. Progress may be viewed ongoing in your team meetings. This allows you an opportunity to view how your child is going and also to get advice on how you can generalise the skills we are working on in the clinic in other environments.
Team meetings are booked in the same time every 2, 4 or 8 weeks depending on how often your child comes into clinic. The meeting is booked during one of your child’s regular therapy sessions. These meetings must occur at the same time ongoing as the behaviour analyst needs an opportunity to observe your child’s progress, move on any programs they are excelling in, change programs they are struggling with, and formulate new goals for your child.
Please remember to book these meetings into your calendar as it is very difficult to change the time as our behaviour analysts are supervising a range of children. As these meetings are a required part of the ABA program and unless organised in advance, the meeting will still go ahead with your child and the staff involved even if you can’t attend that day. You are welcome to call your behaviour analyst following this meeting to discuss any issues you may be having at home.
Any ongoing scheduling changes must go through head office. Please refrain from asking your therapist these questions as they do not have any authority over scheduling. If you do need to change your ongoing session times, we can’t promise you will have the same therapist.
If you need to cancel a session as a one off please let reception know in advance, as per Irabina’s cancellation policy.