Types of ABA Therapy
Several different types of interventions can be used as part of ABA therapy. We at Laugh & Learn Therapy focus on two specific models but will and do incorporate others as we assess what your child’s needs are.
Our team is led by ensuring that your child is receiving evidenced based approaches in ABA. We are trained to make data driven decisions based on progress and barriers to learning. Here are some of the clinical approaches that are embedded in our program.
Functional Communication Training (FCT)
Functional communication training is an evidenced based approach to teaching functional language and communication. This occurs throughout the entire session with your child to expand on language development. This is individualized and uses contrived and natural opportunities to teach language and communication.
Adaptive Life Skills Development
Our job is to help increase independence in daily living. We incorporate daily living skills into our programming. These goals are selected based on developmental assessments and family collaboration. We systematically break down tasks to meet your child where they are and teach these skills by building on skills for achievement.
Reinforcement Based Therapy
We ensure a positive experience through ensuring we are providing many opportunities for your child to receive reinforcement. We practice descriptive praise and errorless teaching to help build your child’s confidence in learning.
The first 5-7 years of a child’s life is extremely important for development. Research shows the most monumental outcomes for later in life, can be because of intensive early intervention. Many of our clients engage in our school readiness approach. This approach to learning focuses on skills needed to be successful in an academic setting. This includes participation in group activities such as circle time, crafts, movement breaks and following routines similar to a school setting. This is an approach that many parents request for early learners, to prepare them for the transition into grade school.
Discrete Trial Training (DTT)
Discreet trial training (DTT) involves breaking a skill down and teaching it step-by step. When the behavior has been successfully produced, your child will receive positive reinforcement, but will not be rewarded if they do not successfully produce the desired response.
Natural Environment Training
After or while your child has acquired skills through DTT, they then begin learning and practicing those skills in more natural environments. Natural Environment Teaching is when play often becomes learning through systemically incorporating learning through play. This is essential for learning play skills, social skill development, generalization, joint attention and more!
Our program provides an individualized approach to practice. Some children may need a comprehensive approach to services with more intensive interventions or a focused approach that focuses on specific behaviors. Our goal is to increase the quality of life through decreasing behaviors that are barriers to learning and development, while teaching appropriate replacement behaviors to enhance independence and continued learning.