Unveiling the Magic: The Benefits of Play Therapy at Circle City ABA

the benefits of play therapy

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is a comprehensive and effective approach to addressing various developmental challenges in individuals. Traditionally, ABA therapy might suggest structured sessions and targeted interventions. However, a delightful and powerful element has a pivotal role in nurturing progress at Circle City ABA – play.

In this blog post, we’ll explore the profound benefits of incorporating play-based ABA therapy and how Circle City ABA passionately nurtures progress through play with ABA therapy.

The Power of Play-Based ABA Therapy

At Circle City ABA, we are passionate about providing education and support for our children. Within our specially designed programs, there are many benefits of play-based ABA therapy, including:

  1. Naturalistic learning environment – Play provides a natural learning environment, mirroring individuals’ everyday situations. Circle City ABA recognizes the importance of preparing individuals for real-life scenarios, and integrating play into therapy sessions helps bridge the gap between structured interventions and spontaneous, authentic experiences. Play therapy gives your child the skills they need to be comfortable in practical situations.
  2. Enhanced social skills – Individuals develop and refine crucial social skills through play-based therapy. Circle City ABA utilizes play-based activities to create peer interaction, cooperation, and turn-taking opportunities. These skills are foundational for building meaningful relationships and navigating social situations successfully. This kind of play can help your child understand social cues, others’ emotions, and cooperation. Interacting with others is essential for your child’s development, and we encourage it throughout our program.
  3. Motivation and engagement – Play is inherently motivating and engaging. Circle City ABA harnesses the power of play to create a positive and enjoyable therapeutic experience. With a positive environment, individuals are more likely to actively participate and learn when encouraged, leading to more effective skill acquisition. This also enhances the learning process.
  4. Communication development – Play-based ABA is a natural avenue for communication. Whether it’s through gestures, verbalizations, or nonverbal cues, Circle City ABA recognizes that play enhances communication development. By incorporating play into therapy, individuals can practice and refine their communication skills in a relaxed and enjoyable setting.
  5. Generalization of skills – ABA therapy aims to promote the generalization of skills across various settings. Circle City ABA understands that skills acquired in a play-based context are more likely to transfer to real-life situations. This ensures that progress made during therapy is not confined to the therapy room but extends into everyday life.

Circle City ABA’s Specific Approach to Play-Based ABA Therapy

Circle City ABA distinguishes itself through its passionate commitment to nurturing progress through play. The therapists at Circle City ABA are skilled in designing play-based interventions tailored to the unique needs of each individual. These interventions address specific goals and prioritize the individual’s enjoyment and engagement.

The play-based approach at Circle City ABA is characterized by creativity, flexibility, and a deep understanding of each individual’s preferences and strengths. This personalized approach ensures that therapy sessions are practical and enjoyable, fostering a positive and trusting therapeutic relationship between the child and their therapist.

Incorporating play into ABA therapy is a game-changer, unlocking a world of possibilities for individuals undergoing treatment. Circle City ABA’s dedication to progress through play is a testament to our holistic and person-centered approach. Some key aspects of our approach include the following.

Creating an Engaging and Supportive Environment

We understand the importance of creating a safe, supportive environment that encourages children to take risks, make mistakes, and grow. Our board-certified behavior analysts (BCBAs) therefore design play-based ABA activities that target specific goals, ensuring that each child’s needs and strengths are considered.

By tailoring interventions to suit each child’s unique interests and preferences, Circle City ABA maximizes engagement and motivation, leading to accelerated progress.

Promoting Collaboration and Inclusion

Circle City ABA recognizes that progress is most effective when it extends beyond the therapy center. We foster collaboration and inclusion by involving parents, caregivers, and other professionals in the treatment process.

By working together as a team, everyone plays a vital role in supporting the child’s progress, and the therapeutic impact extends well beyond the therapy sessions.

Celebrating Milestones

At Circle City ABA, progress is celebrated and cherished. Our dedicated BCBAs take immense pride in each child’s achievements, whether big or small. They recognize that progress is only sometimes linear and adapt and adjust interventions to ensure continuous growth.

By focusing on the child’s strengths and building on them, Circle City ABA creates an environment where progress becomes a source of inspiration and motivation.

Additional Core Values of Play-Based ABA

While play is a crucial aspect of our therapy sessions, our philosophy also centers around two additional core values: progress and passion. These values are integral to our approach and help us stand out in the competitive world of play-based ABA providers.


Progress is another essential part of our play-based ABA therapy. We don’t just want our children to enjoy their therapy sessions – we want them to make real progress and achieve their goals.

Our therapists use evidence-based practices, individualized treatment plans, and frequent data collection to achieve this. At Circle City, we track every milestone, adjust our techniques, and celebrate even the smallest achievements so we can help every child reach their full potential at their own pace.

We understand that progress can be slow, and sometimes there are setbacks. But with consistent support and encouragement, every child can progress, both in their therapy sessions and everyday life.


Passion is the glue that holds everything together. We are passionate about what we do, which shows in our work. We love our jobs, we love our clients, and we love seeing progress happen. Our therapists are dedicated, caring professionals who bring enthusiasm and positivity to every session.

We are also committed to ongoing professional development and training, staying up to date with the latest play therapy benefits and best practices. This passion extends beyond our therapy center. We are also active members of the autism community, participating in outreach events, supporting advocacy initiatives, and building meaningful connections with families.

By recognizing and harnessing the benefits of play therapy, Circle City ABA is not just transforming therapy sessions; we are changing lives. Through play, individuals learn new skills and discover the joy of the learning process, making the journey toward progress remarkable. Contact our admissions team for more information on our services and how we can support you and your child.

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FAQs About Play Therapy Benefits and More

We are here to answer common questions about the benefits of play therapy.

Why use play-based ABA therapy?

Play therapy is one of the most effective treatments for autism spectrum disorders. Our work through play therapy uses different ways to approach important skills for life such as communication, self-help, and social skills. Children can express their emotions and thoughts through structured activities guided by a trained therapist. We also have a focus of decreasing behaviors that are not beneficial for your child’s development.

What programs at Circle City ABA incorporate play-based ABA therapy?

At Circle City ABA, we have two programs that specifically incorporate the fundamentals of play-based ABA therapy:

  • Direct ABA therapy – This is a one-on-one program where a registered behavior technician works with your child to practice diverse skills while including fun activities that are tailored to your child’s needs. This program is different for every child and works with a treatment plan.
  • Group ABA therapy – Our group environment gives children the opportunity to learn with others. This program helps children gain the skills they need in different social situations while having fun with peers.

What issues does play-based ABA therapy address?

Our play-based ABA therapy program addresses a wide range of issues such as anxiety, social difficulties, emotional regulation, developmental delays, and more. We do this in a safe environment and work continuously with your child through positive experiences.

What does parent involvement look like for play-based ABA therapy?

Parent involvement with play-based therapy is very important for a child’s development. At Circle City ABA, we offer parent training with a certified behavior analyst to discuss treatment and long-term goals.

This will give parents the tools they need to engage in play-based therapy at home and help their children become more comfortable with the new skills they are learning. Our behavior analyst will share progress data and assessments to keep the parents up to date on how their child is doing during play-based therapy.

Contact Us About the Benefits of Play-Based ABA Therapy

Want to learn more about the benefits of play-based ABA therapy or the other services we offer at Circle City ABA? Please reach out to us today, and we’ll be happy to help!

About the Author

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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