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Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)

ABA therapy is used as an approach for autism support and other developmental conditions to improve social, communication and learning skills.

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ABA aims to develop helpful behaviours and reduce the ones that are harmful or hinder learning.

ABA Therapy applies the principles of human learning to behaviours in socially significant areas and real life situations.

It can be used as an approach to help in special education, special needs, autism support and behavioural development.

ABA is a tool to understand behaviour – how behaviour works, how the surroundings can influence behaviour, and how learning happens. in order to help your child develop behaviours that assist them throughout life.

It can be done at home or at our clinics, but usually it’s a combination of both. Our ABA therapists can also provide support in your child’s place of learning, such as childcare, kindergarten or school.

Therapists tailor the approach to your child’s individual everyday needs and provide support for behavioural strategies for you to follow at home.

To learn more about ABA or to book an appointment contact your nearest Early Start Australia clinic.

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Benefits of ABA therapy

ABA can help many people achieve their goals and have a say in their lives. Whether through a targeted program or a more comprehensive therapy program targeting early intervention, it helps young children participate in life and learn new skills in a way that’s broken down into achievable ‘bite-sized pieces’ by focussing on positive outcomes. Some of the main benefits are:

  • Increased language and communication skills.
  • Improved attention, focus, social skills, memory, and academics.
  • Reduced certain behaviours causing problems.

How does ABA therapy work

At Early Start Australia, we offer two different models of ABA therapy.

The ABA Full-Service Model – which uses our trained ABA therapists to provide program supervision at both our premises and your home.

The ABA Workshop Model – which is a home-based program where parents are responsible for recruiting, and sometimes the training of, an ABA therapist to work directly with their child.

The first step for our therapist is to analyse and collect a lot of information to get a good picture of how ABA can best be used to help your child. The therapists put their detective hats on to really understand what’s going on, what are your child’s challenges, needs and areas for skills development.

Skills are then broken down into small achievable parts. Teaching approaches follow the ABC format, where a child is taught and supported through positive reinforcement to learn new skills.

A child’s behaviour might look at something specific, like helping them be safe and not run across the road. Or it can be used to teach expressive communications, school learning skills, and positive play behaviours.

Applied behaviour assists with behaviours of concern by addressing them through functional behaviour assessment and a positive behaviour support plan.

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Frequently Asked Questions about ABA Therapy

ABA has a long history in autism spectrum disorder early intervention, but it can help almost everyone. Because it’s an individualised approach, therapists look at each child’s specific areas of need and work on these together with parents. These can be teaching new skills, social skills, crossing the road, daily living skills, or a more comprehensive approach in early intensive behavioural intervention.

ABA therapy might include a therapist attending a child’s school or home to help support them to be successful in that environment.

For example, a session at home might involve observing interactions with siblings. An ABA therapist can then help facilitate more positive interactions and strengthen sibling relationships by finding ways for siblings to have fun together. Another example of ABA is conducting a session in the community such as how to complete a daily shopping activity.

ABA has a long history of application and is proven to be effective for autism spectrum disorder, especially when it is used comprehensively when a child is very young. It helps in specific behavioural areas in assisting young children with autism develop desired behaviour and build their everyday living and social skills.

Success rates of Applied Behaviour Analysis therapy are different for each child based on their goals, and is proven to be effective for autism spectrum disorder, and other developmental behaviours.

The ESA difference

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Our dedicated teams of Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Speech Pathologists and Physiotherapists work with our clients to help them meet their growth and development goals.

We focus on supporting clients (and their families) to develop language, motor, cognitive, social and emotional skills, and provide therapy supports for children with developmental delay or disability, including autism spectrum disorder.

Why choose Early Start Australia

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Multi-disciplinary team

Our multi-disciplinary teams work together with you to understand your needs and develop a plan using evidence-based strategies to help you achieve your goals and aspirations.

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Australian wide network of centres

We have clinics in every state and territory creating a strong community of allied health professionals with the collective knowledge and expertise to deliver you the best outcomes.

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Registered NDIS provider

We are a registered NDIS provider and are here to help you on your NDIS journey.

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Early intervention for all ages

Early intervention is not just for the kids. We offer therapies to cater for all ages, needs and abilities,
and we know the sooner you start your therapy journey the better.

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