Focused ABA Programs
Based in applied behaviour analysis, focused ABA programs are designed to improve skills in one or two areas of development. These programs can target behaviours that you would like to increase or behaviours you would like to decrease.
Focused ABA programs are ideal for a child with a limited number of treatment goals or a child with a challenging behaviour that is acute and should be the focus of treatment. Skill building is always an element of focused ABA programs even if the target of the program is behaviour reduction.
This program is implemented by your current ABA team but is designed and supervised by Lindsey Malc, BCBA. Your team will implement the program for between 4 -19 hours/week and will be supervised weekly. Lindsey is an OAP approved Clinical Supervisor and this program meets the Ontario Autism Program eligibility criteria.
Steps in Focused ABA Programs
We begin by reviewing any previous documents related to your child’s treatment. We continue with direct observations and discussions with you and your child’s treatment team to identify a target skill that will be the focus of your child’s focused ABA program.
- Plan Development
Following the assessment we will develop your child’s treatment plan. Specific targets for intervention, replacement behaviours, data collection and teaching protocols are all generated on an individual basis. Your team will receive a written behaviour plan (including program targets, prompting procedures, revision and mastery criteria) and sample data sheets.
- Training and Implementation
We use a Behavioural Skills Training model to teach your team how to implement the behaviour plan. The four steps to this model are: teach, model, rehearse and give feedback. Your team will have an opportunity to practice the new skills before they implement them with your child.
Your team will implement the behaviour plan with your child and will collect data.
- Monitoring and Updating
We will closely follow your team’s implementation of the behaviour plan. We will review the data collected by your team. We will work with your team to troubleshoot any issues that arise during the implementation of the behaviour plan.
We will make changes to the behaviour plan as necessary. Examples of changes that might be necessary are: changes to the schedules of reinforcement or changes to the contingencies surrounding the behaviour.
Examples of Focused ABA Programs
- Establishing instructional control
- Establishing or increasing communication skills
- Compliance with dental or medical procedures
- Enhancing sleep hygiene
- Establishing or increasing toileting skills
- Establishing or increasing leisure skills
It is our goal to ensure that your team is comfortable in all aspects of the implementation of the behaviour plan.