Applied Behavioral Analysis

Also known as: ABA therapy

What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?

ABA Therapy is the use of science-based techniques and principles to produce meaningful and positive changes in behavior which can help children reach their full potential. ABA can be used to help decrease problem behaviors, and to establish and promote appropriate and alternative behaviors. Our program is designed for patients 21 and younger with mild to severe maladaptive behaviors.

What happens during the procedure?

Our ABA Services are provided one to one by a highly trained, Masters level, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). The analyst focuses on specific needs of the child, and uses special techniques to help the child with issues ranging from communication problems to self-care to academic skills.

Parent/caregiver training is an integral part of our ABA Program. Caregivers are involved in all aspects of assessment and treatment so that the appropriate/alternative behaviors can be generalized to all settings.

Social Skills Groups are also available when applicable.

Is any special preparation needed?

No special preparation is needed for the child to undergo applied behavioral analysis. However, caregivers must be committed to carrying over treatment plan in order to generalize progress across settings and individuals.

What are the benefits of ABA?

  • ABA teaches children how to communicate utilizing reinforcement and prompting procedures to improve language and communication skills.
  • Teaches relevant skills to aid in daily functioning.
  • Decreases/eliminates problem behaviors such as, but not limited to, aggression, disruptions, noncompliance, and self-injury.
  • Increases/acquires functional replacement skills such as imitation, motor skills, cooperation, social interaction and more.
  • Increases compliance.
  • Parent training provided on all procedures that are part of the course of treatment.

Reviewed by: Gisselle Arriete, BCBA, and Maria Castaneda-McCann, MMSc, PT

This page was last updated on: 10/1/2019 4:27:10 PM

Rehabilitation Services

The Rehabilitation Services at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital serve the therapeutic needs of infants, children and adolescents.

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Weekly Support Programs

​F.O.C.U.S. Program

8 week program. This group therapy program is designed for children ages 7 to 17 with behaviorial issues, including but not limited to ADHD. The weekly sessions teach innovative techniques to assist children with managing feelings, developing organization skills, maximizing their concentration abilities and socialization skills. Learn more.

Calm Kids

8 week program. Calm Kids is a weekly group therapy course designed to teach children strategies on how to take control over anxiety symptoms. Children will learn how to cope with fears and worries, identify anxiety triggers, how to relax the mind and body and maximize their self-confidence. Learn more.

Camp DMC

Camp DMC is a summer program for children with special needs run by Nicklaus Children’s Dan Marino Outpatient Center. Please note: We will not offer Camp DMC during summer of 2019. Learn more.

Teen Sleep Group

8 week program. This program is designed for teens ages 13-16 experiencing difficulties related to sleep, including daytime sleepiness, trouble waking in the morning, difficulty falling asleep and waking in the middle of the night. The goal of this group is to give teens the tools and strategies they need in order to get more sleep and better quality sleep. Learn more.

Pain Management Group

8 week program. This program is specifically designed to empower children ages 7-18 through complex sensory experiences. Each session is created to teach participants evidenced-based techniques to better manage pain and improve overall quality of life. Learn more.

Social Skills Group

8 week program. Children and teens ages 7 to 17 are invited to join this small discussion group to learn how to make, cultivate and maintain friendships. Participants will learn basic conversational skills, and discuss the use of appropriate humor, how to electronically connect with others, and how to manage disagreements. Learn more.