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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is treatment that is widely used for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder. There is solid evidence from years of study that ABA therapy is effective. In ABA therapy at the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, many important life skills are taught by breaking them down into smaller parts until the child can do the entire skill or activity. In addition, our therapists work to decrease challenging behaviors by teaching communication, replacement behaviors, and by rewarding only appropriate behaviors.
There are many organizations that offer ABA therapy, so what makes Henry Ford different?
Our board-certified behavior analysts (BCBA) create a treatment plan that is unique to the needs of each child. Children work directly with a behavior technician on the plan recommended by the BCBA. Children and their behavior technician are observed weekly by the BCBA to make sure they are making progress toward their goals. A typical therapy plan consists of individualized goals which may include:
We offer center-based ABA therapy at three locations in metro Detroit, as well as online telehealth ABA therapy for children ages 2-18 years. We offer only telehealth ABA services for children ages 8-18 years.
Children ages 2-7 years who need to build various life skills, learn activities of daily living or improve challenging behaviors can benefit from individual therapy. With one-on-one therapy, children receive individual care with their own therapist to bridge the gap between current skills and age-appropriate skills. One-on-one therapy can help children learn how to:
Group therapy can help children ages 2-7 years with ASD with their social, group and classroom readiness skills. Two children are paired together with one behavior technician. Each child continues to have individual goals along with goals that can be worked on with other children in their group. The focus is to prepare children for a smooth transition into the school setting or to improve skills for children already attending school. Group therapy can help with:
Parents of patients ages 2-18 years can participate in weekly telehealth training sessions with our experienced board certified behavior analysts (BCBA) from the comfort of their own home with an Internet connection. Parents work with the BCBA to determine what skills are most important in the home setting. The BCBA then creates goals and a plan that parents can follow in the home setting. Parents also can get real-time feedback from the BCBA.
Children receiving care at the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD) can add speech-language therapy and behavioral health care to their treatment plans. Speech-language therapy is available on site at all our therapy locations. Behavioral health services are not offered at our CADD locations but can be scheduled separately. The speech and behavioral health providers partner with families and the ABA therapy team to design unique treatment plans for each child.