Understanding ABA Therapy: Key Terms to Know

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Regarding autism therapy, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a widely recognized and practical approach. However, navigating the world of ABA therapy can be overwhelming, especially for families just beginning their journey. To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of essential ABA therapy terms. Plus, we’ll introduce you to Circle City ABA, a valuable resource for families seeking autism therapy services.

Important ABA Therapy Terms to Know

  1. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): A scientific and evidence-based approach to understanding and improving behavior, especially in individuals with autism. ABA therapy focuses on analyzing behavior, implementing interventions, and tracking progress.
  2. BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst): A licensed and certified professional who specializes in designing and overseeing ABA therapy programs. BCBA practitioners are essential in creating personalized treatment plans.
  3. Registered Behavior Technician (RBT): An RBT practices and assists in delivering ABA services under the supervision of a BCBA or another board-certified therapist. 
  4. Reinforcement: The process of encouraging and strengthening desired behaviors by providing rewards or positive consequences. Reinforcement is vital in ABA therapy to motivate children and promote skill acquisition.
  5. Prompting: The use of cues, hints, or assistance to help children perform a desired behavior or task. Prompts are gradually faded as the individual becomes more independent.
  6. ABA Program or Plan: A detailed and individualized treatment plan created by a BCBA. This plan outlines specific goals, strategies, and intervention techniques tailored to the needs of the person receiving therapy.
  7. Behavior: A behavior must be something that can be seen or otherwise detected by an observer. This means that behaviors can be objectively measured and described. “Dead man’s test”: if a dead man CAN do it, it is not a behavior.

Circle City ABA: Your Resource for Autism Therapy Services

Now that you better understand key ABA therapy terms, you may wonder where to find trusted autism therapy services. That’s where Circle City ABA comes in. 

Circle City ABA is dedicated to providing top-quality ABA therapy services to children with autism and their families. Here’s what sets us apart:

  • Experienced BCBA Professionals: Circle City ABA boasts a team of highly skilled and certified BCBA professionals who create personalized therapy programs to meet your child’s unique needs.
  • Compassionate Care: Our staff understands that every child is unique and deserves individualized care. Circle City ABA’s compassionate approach ensures that therapy is effective and is centered around play.
  • Family-Centered Approach: We actively involve families in the therapy process, providing guidance and support every step of the way.
  • Proven Results: Circle City ABA has a track record of helping children with autism reach their full potential and achieve meaningful milestones.

Navigating the world of ABA therapy can be more manageable when you’re familiar with essential terms and have access to trusted resources like Circle City ABA. With our expertise and dedication, your child can receive the support they need to thrive and succeed in their journey with autism. Learn more and start your ABA Therapy journey with Circle City ABA by finding a nearby location.


Source: Cooper, Heron, & Heward, Applied Behavior Analysis, 3rd edition 

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Heather de Jong

Heather de Jong is an accomplished Marketing & Communications Manager known for her expertise in the I/DD field. With a deep passion for empowering individuals with disabilities, Heather leverages her expertise in marketing and communications to raise awareness about the importance of ABA therapy in improving the lives of children on the autism spectrum.

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