ABA Therapy in NJ
What is Applied Behavior Analysis?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based therapy for autism diagnoses. ABA therapy works to improve behaviors such as social interactions, focus, and communication through healthy interventions. At Gaming Approaches Toward Education, LLC (GATE), we provide ABA therapy in NJ to help your child learn new, healthier behaviors.
In ABA therapy, we study your child’s behavior to better understand why they’re acting this way, how it's affected by the environment, and more. Our therapists conduct assessments to help determine which behaviors need changing and the goal behaviors you want your child to achieve.
This behavior change takes place through positive reinforcement strategies. When a behavior is followed by something your child likes, they are likely to repeat the positive behavior. Over time, they’ll learn that this is an acceptable action. Rewards differ depending on the individual. Your child may value praise, a toy, watching a video, or playing outside. As we get to know your child, we’ll identify the reward that’s healthy and positive to encourage healthy behaviors.
We also use other evidence-based tools such as visuals, prompting, token economy, contingency contracts, and more.
Treatment for Autism and More
ABA therapy is most common as a treatment for children with Autism, but it can also help children with ADHD, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and more. Additionally, ABA therapy isn’t always for children. It can help adults facing the following:
- Substance Use Disorder
- Brain Injury
- Eating Disorders
- Anger Issues
- Borderline Personality Disorder
Our Onboarding Process
To get started with ABA therapy at GATE, we start with a consultation to gather information such as prior diagnosis, insurance, treatment desires, and more. We’ll then conduct an evaluation in addition to your own self-evaluation to determine the appropriate level of care. Finally, we’ll get you set up with Theranest, an online tool where you can schedule, reschedule, and make payments all online.
Therapists You Can Trust
At GATE, our therapists are educated and experienced in providing ABA therapy. We ensure a compassionate, confidential, and safe environment for you or your child to grow.
ABA Therapy at GATE
GATE is a mental health service provider that serves several areas throughout NJ. With years of experience, our board certified behavior analysts provide opportunities to use your strengths and work through your mental health struggles.
How Does ABA Therapy Work?
The ABA therapy process emphasizes function-based treatments determined by antecedent-behavior-consequence data. Each step is essential to understand behaviors and teach better, healthier actions. Below we’ll outline each step of the process, so you know what to expect when you come to GATE for ABA therapy in NJ.
The antecedent is what comes before your child’s target behavior, the event that triggers the reaction. This could be a command or request or the introduction of a toy, light, or sound. We’ll vary the antecedents to come from the environment, people, and internal such as feelings.
The behavior is how your child reacts to the antecedent or a lack thereof. Behaviors can be actions, verbal responses, or other reactions. However your child reacts, they are in a safe place where our therapists prioritize their well-being above anything else.
The consequence is what comes after the behavior. If it’s a behavior our therapists want to encourage, we provide positive reinforcement. If it’s a behavior we want to discourage, our therapists withhold a reaction to help teach your child the behavior isn’t right.
Benefits of ABA Therapy
ABA therapy can have many positive effects on your child. This type of behavioral therapy is proven to have lasting changes in behavior without regression to past unhealthy actions. Your child grow in many different areas of life, including the below benefits.
Improved Communication Skills
ABA therapy helps with language development as well as social skills. Our therapists teach your child how to express themselves in a healthy, respectful way, no matter what environmental or relational event triggers them.
Reducing Tantrums and Harmful Behavior
If certain triggers cause your child to have tantrums and harmful behaviors either to themselves or others, ABA therapy can help. We’ll teach your child that these violent reactions aren’t acceptable and help them learn better ways to express their upset feelings.
Through positive reinforcement, our ABA therapists teach your child how to stay focused on a task even when outside factors come into play. With systemic exposure to distractors such as sounds, lights, or situations, we’ll work with your child to keep them focused on the task at hand.
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