ABA Psychological Services

ABA Psychological Services, P.C.

Our Mission

The professionals and staff of ABA Psychological Services, P.C. are committed to providing the highest quality therapy based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to children and adults with autism. Our goal is for individuals with autism to acquire the skills necessary to reach their highest potential while striving for behavioral and personal independence.

What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a science based on the understanding of behavior and how to improve it. For children and adults with autism, ABA uses methods of learning and training to decrease problem behavior and replace it with appropriate and desirable behavior. Our focus is on skills that are necessary for success in life. These include communication skills, toileting, skills for personal self-care, academic skills, social skills, independent living skills, work skills, and skills necessary for the self-control of emotions such as anger and frustration.

How effective is ABA in the treatment of children and adults with autism?

ABA is supported by more scientific research than any other treatment for autism. Since the 1960s, hundreds of research studies have proven the effectiveness of ABA in teaching important life skills and reducing problem behavior in children and adults who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The tremendous amount of scientific evidence documenting the benefits of ABA in the treatment of children and adults with autism has led a number of prestigious organizations to endorse the effectiveness of ABA, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Academy of Sciences, and the New York State Department of Health. The U.S. Surgeon General’s Committee has reported that “thirty years of research has demonstrated the efficacy of applied behavioral methods in reducing inappropriate behavior and in increasing communication, learning, and appropriate social behavior.”

Our Services

  • We provide ABA therapy in the home and community settings, as well as in our professional offices. We also provide social skills groups and parent training services.

  • A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) conducts an initial evaluation which is used to design an effective treatment plan tailored to meet the needs of the individual.

  • Treatment plans are created to decrease problem behavior and teach new skills. Some behaviors we may work to decrease include tantrums, aggression, self-injurious behavior, stereotypy (i.e., “stimming”), property destruction, noncompliance, and food refusal or selectivity. Some behaviors we may teach or increase include language, academic skills, social interactions, self-help skills, play skills, following directions, staying on task, toileting, eating a variety of foods, as well as skills necessary for the self-control of emotions such as anger and frustration.

  • Treatment plans are implemented in the home, community settings, and our professional offices by our skilled paraprofessionals under the direct supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). We collect and analyze behavioral data on a regular basis in order to maximize the chance of success. When the child achieves the current behavioral goals, the treatment plan is modified to include new and more advanced goals.

  • Our practice uses a wide variety of teaching techniques based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), including discrete trial teaching, incidental teaching, natural environment teaching, precision teaching, pivotal response training, and verbal behavior training.