Thirty years of research demonstrated the efficacy of applied behavioral methods in reducing inappropriate behavior and in increasing communication, learning, and appropriate social behavior.
Our vision is to create a better everyday life for those diagnosed with developmental delays and behavioral disorders.
Warning Signs of Autism
According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's Autism Facts, "a doctor should definitely and immediately evaluate a child for autism if he or she:
Does not babble or coo by 12 months of age
Does not gesture (point, wave, grasp, etc.) by 12 months of age
Does not say single words by 16 months of age
Does not say two-word phrases on his or her own (rather than just repeating what someone says to him or her) by 24 months of age
Has any loss of any language or social skill at any age.
Behavior analysis is a scientific approach to understanding behavior and how it is affected by the environment. "Behavior" refers to all kinds of actions and skills (not just misbehavior) and "environment" includes all sorts of physical and social events that might change or be changed by one's behavior. The science of behavior analysis focuses on principles (that is, general laws) about how behavior works, or how learning takes place. For example, one principle of behavior analysis is positive reinforcement. When a behavior is followed by something that is valued (a "reward"), that behavior is likely to be repeated. Through decades of research, the field of behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing those that may be harmful or that interfere with learning. Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the use of those techniques and principles to address socially important problems, and to bring about meaningful behavior change.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Does your loved one show signs of withdrawal, problem behaviors, ritualistic behaviors and social skill and/or communication deficits? Autism is a developmental disability defined by its symptoms. Characteristics of Autism include impairments in social interactions, impairments in communication and repetitive patterns of behavior. Autism is on the rise and increasing 10-17% each year. Scientific studies indicate that early intervention is the key to effective change. At Shaping Behavior, the Autism Program has been developed to help families with loved ones diagnosed with Autism, PPD or Asperger’s Syndrome. This program has been developed by Board Certified Behavior Analysts and utilizes principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to change behavior. ABA is backed by over 40 years of researchand is still considered to be the most effective treatment for dealing with behaviors associated with Autism. Ashley will strive to teach skills that foster independence in the people she serves. Together with family, schools, professionals and community members, we work as a team to provide the best quality of life for each individual.
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