Applied Behavior Analysis

Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism believes all children and young adults with autism should have the opportunity to interact with their family and community in the most meaningful way. We provide evidence-based, life-changing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for those with autism spectrum disorders. Widely recognized as safe and effective treatment for autism, ABA techniques can help children and young adults with autism live happy and productive lives.

What is ABA?
ABA is the use of techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive behavior. ABA focuses on the way the students learn. Our behavior analysts use positive reinforcement to help students acquire useful skills—when a behavior is followed by a reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. The student receives no reinforcement for behaviors that pose harm or prevent learning. Our analysts use ABA techniques that increase useful behaviors and reduce harm or interfere with learning with students each day.

Techniques
ABA can improve behavior, communication, social relationships, self-care, and learning skills. Results show ABA increases family and community participation. Children learn and practice skills in both formal, structured classroom settings and unstructured situations at home, such as meal and play times.