Great Strides Rehabilitation Offers A Comprehensive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a specific and comprehensive use of the principles of learning in order to address the behavioral needs of widely varying individuals in diverse settings.

Some examples of these applications include:

  • Increasing functional communication in children with autism
  • Reducing the off-task behavior of students in a typically developing classroom
  • Increasing self-care skills with a teenager with developmental disabilities

Behavior analysts address these behaviors by examining the environmental factors that influence the behaviors and modify the environment specifically to increase or decrease behaviors. In addition, ABA focuses on improving the independent functioning of a child by teaching skills that are appropriate alternatives to inappropriate behaviors in shaping behaviors to be more functional or desirable. By addressing these areas, we can improve the lives and independence of children and young adults through systematically improving socially significant behavior.

The following skills are addressed, such as:

  • Receptive and expressive communication
  • Early reading and math
  • Independent work and play skills
  • Following directions
  • Appropriate play skills
  • Reducing problem behaviors, such as aggression, self-injury and property destruction
  • Independent living skills
  • Self-Help skills
  • Community-based functional skills
  • Haircut desensitization
  • Behavioral food aversions
  • Social interaction with peers and siblings

Clinical Areas of Expertise 

Our behavior analysts have specific training and expertise in the following areas:

  • Verbal behavior
  • Feeding
  • Early intervention
  • Problem behavior reduction
  • Increasing self-care and independent living skills
  • Social skills
  • School consultations and in-home family consultations and training

Our Professional Credentials

Our staff consists of multiple levels of providers and follows the national ABA standard. Our 4,500sf comprehensive center is designed specifically for ABA, and it includes a private school, preschool and outpatient services.

All programs are supervised by a Master’s-level, Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Some have the added support of a Bachelor’s level, Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). Therapists who provide direct therapy typically are working toward obtaining a BCBA or BCaBA certification. These therapists undergo extensive training in areas such as terminology, teaching techniques and behavior reduction strategies and hold the credential of Registered Behavior Technician. Staff members are regularly and directly supervised by a BCBA or BCaBA who monitors the programs and makes recommendations for program modification based on data collected during each session.

Our ABA services are offered in a variety of formats, including:

  • In-clinic therapy
  • In-home and in-school therapy (subject to availability)
  • In-community therapy (grocery shopping, going to the park, restaurants)
  • Consultation services (homes, clinics, schools, etc.)