What Is ABA Therapy?

ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) is a research-backed treatment option for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other developmental conditions. ABA is scientifically supported and endorsed by:

The National Institute of Mental Health
The American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Psychological Association (APA)

ABA has many well-documented benefits for your child including increased confidence, the development of new skills, and decrease undesirable behaviors. It is a constantly evolving field, where new strategies and techniques are always emerging. ABA doesn’t just benefit your child – by understanding ABA practices, you can play a more active role in their development by reinforcing new skills and having a range of tools to address challenging situations.

How Does ABA Therapy Work?

ABA therapy uses reinforcement to help increase desired behaviors, like using the restroom and, decrease undesirable behaviors, like hitting or biting. Most importantly, it is safe, ethical, and done in collaboration with you and your family so changes can move seamlessly from our office to your home. ABA therapy is based on your child’s needs and your input. We work with you to determine which behaviors should be addressed and how best to work on them. Some of the areas we can help your child with include:

  • Adaptive behavioral skills
  • Cooperation
  • Communication/language
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Imitation
  • Play skills and leisure
  • Pre-academic skills
  • Social skills

Why Choose Heartleaf?

Maine's Only ABA Center To Utilize Precision Teaching

Precision teaching is a learning technique that uses what we call a Standard Celeration Chart to track the frequency and fluency of new skills. By charting your child’s development using these “sensitive measures”, we can determine how they are learning and applying their skills.

Collaborative 1-to-1 Programing

1-to-1 therapy at Heartleaf ABA is designed to increase your child’s independence & confidence. Your input will help our therapists develop a personalized treatment plan based on the milestones that are important to your family.

Our Multidisciplinary Approach

Autism affects every child differently. That means your child has unique strengths as well as unique challenges. Our treatment plans bring together experts from several different specialties like speech therapy, diagnostic services, or PT/OT and include parent education to help transition skills from our office to your home.