Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based method used to improve or change specific behaviors. ABA therapy teaches children by breaking down complex tasks into small and discrete instructional steps. These small steps build on each other toward mastering a complex goal such as functional communication. ABA therapists use praise or favorite items to build on the child’s progress as they master these small steps.
Children affected by ASD often require ABA-based procedures such as prompting and reinforcement to successfully achieve their goals. ABA is also used to replace inappropriate behaviors with appropriate ones. Overall, ABA therapy has been effectively used to improve behaviors like social skills, reading, academics, and communication, as well as learned skills such as grooming, hygiene, fine motor dexterity, job proficiency, and even simple things like a child keeping their room clean.
While there are no miracle cures, ABA therapy is the most frequently recommended option for the treatment of ASD (autism spectrum disorder). It’s the therapy most supported by reputable sources, including The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Surgeon General, most major insurance companies and state health agencies, the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Butterfly Effects has a 15-year history of improving the lives of children and families affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through a family-centric applied behavior analysis (ABA) approach. Our mission is to deliver ABA treatment in partnership with families affected by ASD to foster a more independent and joyous life. We understand the importance of the role that family plays in a young child’s life, since family members are the constant and most important teachers. Based on the family’s strengths and needs, we’ll individualize strategies that can be sustained in the child’s natural setting.
We view ABA therapy as a collaborative effort between our treatment team and your family. We’ll partner with you to create an environment that promotes meaningful learning opportunities and experiences that work for your child, rather than routinely applying programs that may have worked for others. By working closely together, we can create a treatment plan and environment that will meet your family’s specific goals and priorities. We’ll focus on the progress that matters most to you and your child.
In-home ABA therapy takes advantage of
your child’s natural environment.
Our experience has shown that children require a safe and relaxed environment to acquire skills during an ABA treatment session. Our staff members are trained to work within the child’s natural settings to create an atmosphere where the child and family feel comfortable. Within the child’s home or a natural setting (for example daycare, preschool, or Grandma’s house), our team teaches functional communication, play, tolerance, waiting, life skills, and social skills.
Children affected by ASD require specialized ABA teaching procedures to master these important skills. Our treatment team will work with your child in the natural environments where their problem behaviors occur, and teach functional replacement skills in the presence of family members. We’ll teach these skills, such as communication, so the child can express their needs through a socially appropriate behavior rather than a problem behavior. These replacement behaviors can be transferred from the child’s home to other natural settings, such as schools, community events, malls, or churches.