WHAT IS ABA ?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the most scientifically proven method for treatment of Autism, with over 50 years of extensive clinical studies. ABA addresses various issues using an understanding of why behavior occurs. Similar to other applied sciences, ABA can be utilised to assist a wide range of social concerns (e.g depression, phobia, behaviours associated with autism, addiction, anxieties) as well as various populations and settings (e.g. education, business and industry, healthcare and gerontology). 90% of individuals with Autism who underwent ABA, at 40 hours a week, substantially improved. (Lovaas, 1987).
BASED ON SCIENCE
Only research based teaching methods are used so your child learns new skills effectively.
REDUCES CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS
Uses the principles of learning to increase or decrease behaviors.
Focus on observable and measurable behaviors. It is a scientifically valid approach in understanding the whys behind behaviors
Utilises data collection and analysis. This allows for continual tracking of your child's progress
Children on the spectrum have difficulty with generalisation. Generalisation and real-world application should always be programmed purposefully within ABA and DTT programs.
HOW DOES ABA WORK?
ABA focuses on behaviours that would significantly impact an individual to lead more fulfilling lives. This method uses clearly defined procedures to change behaviours and teaches individuals skills to promote development as well as independence.
The primary instructional method is called Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT) which involves :
BREAKING DOWN SKILLS
Targeted skill or behaviour is systematically broken down into the smallest necessary component for active learning
Each sub-skill is taught repeatedly in a concentrated period of time until mastery
Prompt and prompt fading is provided to ensure a successful learning environment
ABA uses POSITIVE reinforcement to increase targeted behaviour
WHAT MAKES US
While all ABA may be founded on the same principles, not all ABA is alike. ABA can take various forms depending upon the individual or agency providing the service. In addition to the skill level of the provider, there are technical and stylistic differences in the implementation of ABA.
At Autism Link, our approach is very child-centred and naturalistic. Our goal is not only to help children succeed, but also to extend support and guidance to the family members. We strongly believe that children can achieve significant improvements with a highly intensive and individualized learning program.
Individualised Education Program
International Consultants on Site
Staff trained and supervised by consulting BCBA
Supervisors up to 10 years experience
THE AUTISM PARTNERSHIP METHOD
At Autism Link Malaysia, we adopt the Autism Partnership Method (APM), a highly individualized and progressive ABA model by our affiliate. APM is child-friendly, holistic, and focused on in-the-moment analysis and clinical judgment. In contrast to conventional ABA, our method is a highly flexible yet systematic and compassionate approach that allows us to meet the individual needs of children with ASD.
WHY IS ABA SO
ABA is considered an evidence-based best practice treatment by the US Surgeon General and by the American Psychological Association.
“Evidence-based” means that ABA has passed scientific tests of its usefulness, quality, and effectiveness.
ABA therapy includes a variety of techniques which focus on antecedents (what happens before a behaviour occurs) and on consequences (what happens after the behaviour occurs).
More than 20 studies have established that intensive and long-term therapy which refers to programs that provide 25 to 40 hours a week of therapy using ABA principles ,improves outcomes for many children with autism. These studies show gains in intellectual functioning, language development, daily living skills and social functioning
ALL INCLUSIVE CURRICULUM
SPECIFIC LEARNING OBJECTIVES
APPLIED BEHAVIOUR ANALYSIS (ABA)THERAPY
ONE TO ONE TEACHING
HIGHLY INDIVIDUALISED PROGRAM
INTENSIVE HOURS FOR MAXIMUM RESULTS
DATA AND PROGRESS DRIVEN
Our consultant company Autism Partnership conducted a study in 2011 showing strong evidence on the effectiveness of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in helping clients on the spectrum. We receive direct training from Autism Partnership, and their unique ABA approach reveals very promising treatment results.
Howard, et al (2005) conducted a 14-month study and looked at three treatment groups. The results showed that children in the ABA group made more gains in all areas than both the other groups added together. This was an important finding as it is often cited that only the number of hours you commit to ABA matters. However, the research has shown that the type of treatment you choose also affects the treatment outcome significantly.
Children with autism can actually progress to a level of functioning where they become indistinguishable from peers.
Parents need to have hope and start receiving early treatment as soon as any early signs are being detected. The goal of treatment is for each child to obtain “his/her own best outcome” in life, and we know it’s achievable.
When they become the best person they can be, they are happy and productive, and that they will make good choices for themselves in life independently.
There are a number of factors that contribute to successful outcomes:
Utilizing quality Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Therapy
Intensity of treatment
Consistency of treatment
Not incorporating other treatments that would dilute the impact of ABA