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Our approach to ABA therapy

At Phoenix Autism Center we realize that every child is unique. And we believe their treatment should be too. Every behavior technician at Phoenix Autism Center will achieve and maintain proficiency in Pivotal Response Training (PRT), as well as Discrete Trial Training (DTT).

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Our team understands that each child is unique and for this reason, we work together to design and implement support plans that are customized and tailed to every individual child we support. Phoenix Autism Center provides services that support our clients and their families with the goal of living autonomous and authentic lives in their own communities.

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At Phoenix Autism Center, your child will be treated by a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst with training and experience in ABA.

The Certification Board approves ABA therapists with graduate-level education.

You know you have a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst with a master’s degree and appropriate training when you see “BCBA” after his or her name.

What ABA does for your child

While it’s a disciplined and well-researched system, ABA is not one-size-fits-all. Treatment is tailored to the individual child, family, and agreed-upon goals.

ABA looks for functional relationships between a child’s behaviors and his or her environment. The goal is to increase desirable behaviors that lead to quality of life, and reduce behaviors that interfere with your child’s ability to communicate and learn.

Treatment is organized around positive reinforcement

We all repeat behavior that produces a reward we value. This very simple, human inclination is central to ABA therapy.

Your child’s Acorn Board-Certified therapist identifies a goal behavior for your child. When your child displays the behavior we want to see, he or she receives something personally meaningful (and you’ll help us identify ideas).

We’ll also learn what precedes challenging behaviors

We call them “antecedents.” They’re things that happen immediately before the behavior we’re trying to change. An antecedent can be a request, like “clean up your room”; a feeling or reaction; a specific object; bright lights or a noisy crowd.

ABA therapy looks for these antecedents and finds alternatives that influence your child’s reaction.

We all respond to consequences. So they’re part of ABA to help promote positive behavioral change.

A consequence is what comes directly after a child’s specific behavior and it can be as simple as a lack of a reward, or no reaction if the behavior is inappropriate.

Benefits of Integrated Approach

Phoenix Autism Center believes in doing what is best for each child while striving to deliver the highest quality treatment for our clients. Training and communication are two critical components of the high-quality treatment that we offer. Our staff is highly trained in foundational ABA principles paired with our Clinical Director’s expertise, helping each child’s team to communicate effectively. Our team also meets regularly to ensure appropriate progress is being made toward the goals in each child’s individualized treatment plan. Our goal at PAC is to improve the quality of life for every child that walks through our doors.

Unified Passion

We care so much for every child that walks through our doors. And as a team, our staff reinforces what works best for each child while maximizing progress and minimizing setbacks, because, in the end, outcomes matter.

Collaborative Teamwork

Our collaborative teamwork approach and our training in ABA principles, ensures that each individualized treatment plan reflects the needs of each child.

Effective Growth

The growth of our children and their journey through ASD is important to us. Our staff works together to produce the most meaningful learning experience for your child and the growth of their future.

About Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a systematic process based on principles of learning theory and is used to make meaningful changes to behavior. This type of therapy is considered the best practice for the treatment of autism and is what Phoenix Autism Center prides itself on.

Phoenix Autism Center has a team of professionals to support children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families through each step of their journey. Our services include ABA Therapy, and Speech and Language Therapy, to address those symptoms that are common with children with autism. Some of the common challenges include challenging behaviors, challenges with general life skills, challenges with school, play skills, feeding skills, and difficulties with socializing and communication.

While ABA is commonly associated with autism therapy, its applications are much broader, and over the years it has been discovered that ABA can also be used successfully with other childhood diagnoses as well as typically developing children and adults. The objective of each ABA session is to work towards mastery of each objective listed on the individualized treatment plan. ABA sessions can include a variety of teaching methodologies, and those that we use here at PAC are Pivotal Response Training (PRT), Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT), Natural Environment Teaching (NET), etc. With these teaching methodologies, our trained staff works with each child to provide them with more opportunities to learn skills and grow.

What is Pivotal Response Training (PRT)?

Pivotal Response Training (PRT) is a comprehensive, evidence-based treatment approach that target's your child's pivotal areas of development, including self-management, motivation, initiation of social interactions, and responding to multiple language cues. PRT relies heavily on the motivation of the child to guide the activities of the session and uses natural reinforcement. PRT sessions that are well-run will make it appear like the child is playing. Ex: the 'reward" for a child who makes a meaningful attempt to ask for a toy is that he or she gets to play with it.

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What is Discrete Trial Training (DTT)?

Discrete Trial Training (DTT) is a highly structured method of teaching where each skill is broken down into smaller "discrete" components to help a child learn a skill. DTT is often associated with doing skills one by one at a table. As the child learns each skill, sessions are also conducted in more natural contexts to work on generalization (the ability to apply a skill in different environments). Each smaller step is taught in an intensive and systematic manner using consistent arbitrary reinforcement. For a child, this might include a cookie or a small toy.

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Our Assessment Tools

The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP)

There are five different components to the VB-MAPP program, including the VB-MAPP Milestones Assessment, VB-MAPP Barriers Assessment, VB-MAPP Transition Assessment, VB-MAPP Task Analysis and Skills Tracking, and VB-MAPP Placement and IEP Goals.

Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS)

The ABLLS provides the tools you need to assess, instruct, and monitor children with autism or other developmental disabilities.

Pervasive Development Disorder Behavior Inventory (PDDBI)

The PDDBI is an assessment designed to measure the effectiveness of treatments for children with significant developmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)