Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Treatment Program

What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?

ABA is an evidence-based treatment that encourages behavioral changes in children with autism spectrum disorder.  Treatment is overseen by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  The BCBA works with the child and family, and recommends what teaching methods and therapies would be most helpful for the child and creates meaningful goals.

ABA Therapy for children 18 months to 7 years old

Our experienced staff teach children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder the skills needed to succeed at home and, school, and in the community.

In order to meet the unique needs of each child, ABA therapy is individualized.  When expectations are appropriate, meaningful, and functional, each child is able to make progress and be successful.  Periodic reviews ensure that each child is obtaining the maximum benefit.

ABA therapy is provided at Henry Ford Medical Centers in Clinton Township, Hamtramck, and Southfield.

ABA therapy services

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is treatment that encourages behavioral changes in children with autism spectrum disorder. Our staff teach children the skills needed to succeed at home, in school and in the community.

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Early Intervention ABA Program

Individual treatment sessions are offered in three-hour blocks, Monday through Friday, in the morning or afternoon.  Treatment sessions consist of:

  • Addressing problematic behaviors
  • Growing social development
  • Promoting communication
  • Improving daily living skills (e.g., toilet training, tooth brushing, etc.)

Group ABA therapy

Group 3-hour sessions help you child develop the school readiness, communication and social skills they need to have to be able to be successful in a school setting. This service is only offered at our Southfield and Clinton Township locations.

Additional Services

Caregiver Training

Weekly training sessions are available to our families in order to teach them how to apply the skills their child has learned in ABA therapy. These sessions can be in person or through Virtual Care.

Child Psychiatric Services/Speech-Language Pathology

Participating children are able to incorporate speech-language therapy and psychiatric care into their treatment. These providers partner with our families and the ABA therapy team. This collaborative effort is unique to the Henry Ford Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD). These services are available at all ABA therapy locations.

Virtual Behavior Management Training

Caregivers can participate in weekly training sessions with our experienced BCBAs from the comfort of their own home with an Internet connection. Caregivers are trained on the principles of ABA through a structured curriculum that is taught to the caregiver so they can learn the skills and apply them at home.

Behavioral Feeding Therapy

Our experienced BCBAs and behavior techs will teach children who are very picky eaters how to eat different foods.

Frequently Asked Questions 

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If you have traveled to China in the last 14 days or been in close contact with someone suspected to have the coronavirus, please contact our nurse line @ 313- 874-7500 prior to scheduling.

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