Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

10314018_223678061176474_2335224814797556419_nWhat is ABA?

A: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is effective in teaching a variety of skills such as academics, social skills, and communication. It is also the most effective approach in reducing many problem behaviors such as tantrums, noncompliance, aggression, and disruptive behaviors. Behavior Analysis is especially useful in helping children reach their full potential. Our therapists have the tools to teach children effectively by using many evidence-based teaching methods, such as reinforcement, shaping, breaking skills into small manageable units, using prompts and fading prompts effectively, etc. ABA offers tools to help improve parent-child interaction, improve children’s behaviors in various settings, and improve school performance. ABA can be an effective approach for children with or without disabilities. Our Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and ABA therapists have extensive experience working with children with various needs. Our therapists receive on-going training and supervision to ensure that we provide high quality services.
How does ABA work?

ABA emphasizes careful observation and measurement of behaviors, and the environmental factors that affect them. Behaviors are learned and shaped by the environment and the people who interact with the child. Our behavior analysts analyze how other people respond to the behaviors and how the behaviors work for the child. They then design strategies and intervention plans to teach caregivers how to interact with their child in a way that promotes positive behaviors and discourages negative behaviors.

How do I get started with ABA services?

We always start with a preliminary assessment and in-take which allows us to assess your child’s strengths and weaknesses and address your main concerns. The assessment helps us determine where we need to start with your child and how many hours of therapy per week will be appropriate to achieve the outcomes you desire. During the assessment, the BCBA will interact with your child and ask you several questions about your child.  After the assessment, recommendations will be discussed with you as well as a schedule for therapy. ABA therapy is conducted weekly to provide the consistency necessary for success. Please call our office to set up an assessment.

Q: Do you accept insurance?

We accept insurance from some of the insurance companies that provide an ABA benefit. Please check with your insurance company for information about your particular plan. We do not accept Medicaid.  Please contact our office if you have questions regarding insurance coverage.

 Applied Behavior Analysis Policies at Metro West Learning Center

Code of Ethics

Metro West Learning Center expects its staff to uphold the highest standards of personal and professional behavior in the conduct of their work and the advancement of behavior analysis. MWLC embraces the diversity of professions within its membership; thus each ABAI member should adhere to the ethical standards that have been defined for his or her profession. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • The American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct
  • The Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s Professional and Ethical Compliance Code
  • The National Association of School Psychologists’ Professional Conduct Manual
  • The National Association of Social Workers’ Code of Ethics
  • The National Education Association’s Code of Ethics of the Education Profession

Position Statements

The administration of Metro West Learning Center has adopted the following position statements regarding the use of applied analysis of behavior. These statements were adopted from the Association for Behavior Analysis International and the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts. Copies of these may be view through the following links, or by request to MWLC.

Restraint and Seclusion, 2010

Facilitated Communication, 1995

Students’ Rights to Effective Education, 1990

Right to Effective Behavioral Treatment, 1989

Association for Professional Behavior Analysts ABA White Paper





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