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Applied Behavior Analysis

  • The prevalence of autism, a complex developmental disability, has risen to one in every 68 births in the United States, as reported in 2016 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Autism, as defined by the Autism Speaks organization, is characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences of each individual diagnosed. Autism’s most-obvious signs tend to appear in children between two and three years of age.

    Upon diagnosis, a child is recommended to participate in physical, occupational and/or speech therapy and begin an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program to better understand and address how the child’s behavior, including actions and skills, is affected by the environment they are in, whether physically or socially.

    The overarching goal of NovaCare Kids Pediatric Therapy’s ABA program is to close the gap between a child’s current level of functioning and that of their typically developing peers.

    We are dedicated to providing the highest quality care designed to meet each child's unique needs. Led by a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA), our highly trained team of therapists will implement a curriculum designed to target developmental skills within our center, your home and your child’s community-based settings.

    We believe that the participation of family and caregivers in the therapy process empowers children to participate in life's activities and reach their full potential. This includes assessing, designing, implementing and evaluating appropriate and efficient ways to improve language and behavior.

    NovaCare Kids’ program focuses exclusively on scientifically validated ABA techniques. All treatment programs and interventions are individually customized with goals across multiple skill domains.

    An ABA program may target increasing such skills as:

    • Expressive language
    • Receptive language
    • Toilet training
    • Feeding/food acceptance
    • Self-help skills
    • Play and leisure skills
    • Social skills
    • Pre-academic/academic skills
    • Ready-to-learn behaviors

    …And much more!

    Contact a pediatric therapy center near you for more information, and visit our Parent Resource Center for additional tips.