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ABA, or “Applied Behavior Analysis” is the gold-standard treatment method for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It uses positive-reinforcement strategies to address behavioral or developmental concerns associated with ASD. Positive reinforcement is a research-based intervention with decades of history behind it; it is a scientifically proven method for changing behavior. ABA is endorsed by several national organizations, including:

How Do We Use ABA Therapy?

At Heartleaf, our goal is to help your child gain new skills and reach developmental milestones. Using ABA, our Board-Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) create a personalized plan unique to your child’s needs. Research-backed tools including the Milestones Assessment Placement Program (VB-MAPP) are utilized to help us track your child’s progress as they build:

  • Fine and Gross Motor skills (using a pencil, catching a ball)
  • Adaptive Behavioral skills (e.g., dressing, feeding, bathroom training)
  • Play skills and leisure (interacting with others)
  • Pre-academic skills (e.g., counting, matching/sorting, letters)
  • Imitation
  • Social skills (making friends, anger management)
  • Cooperation
  • Communication and Language Development
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