WHAT WE DO
What makes Ready Set Connect different?
We work with children with autism and other related disorders. Our services are center-based, and that means our children come together in a common location, which blends individualized teaching with group learning. Each child's treatment is overseen by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
We have circle times, jungle gyms, art projects, and toys as far as the eye can see—and all the while our Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapists are measuring skills, tracking data, and building a personal, caring relationship with your child.
In addition, we offer regular parent consultations and training sessions, all designed to empower families to continue the learning in their own homes.
What is ABA Therapy?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientifically driven method that is the understanding (and modifying) behavior in the context of environment. ABA therapy includes many different techniques that all focus on antecedents (what happens before the behavior occurs) and on consequences (what happens after the behavior).
Just about all behavior occurs because the person either gets something good or avoids something bad. Challenging behaviors are more prevalent among children with developmental disabilities in part due to an inability to use communication to get what they want.
We call the reason why a behavior continues the function of behavior. Every behavior, good or bad, serves a function or it would not continue. Possible functions of behavior include: access to attention or a tangible item, escape or avoidance of a difficult or non-preferred task, or automatic reinforcement (done because it feels good, stereotypic behavior).
ABA methods support individuals with autism in a variety of ways:
- Teach skills to replace challenging behaviors so your child is able to learn WHAT TO DO not just what to STOP doing
- Increase positive behaviors and reduce interfering behaviors
- Maintain behaviors
- Change responses to your child’s behavior (some responses could be unintentionally be rewarding challenging behaviors)
- Increase your child’s academic, social, and self-help skills
- Improve ability to focus on tasks, comply with tasks, and increase motivation to perform
- Aim to improve cognitive skills (help your child be more available for learning opportunities)
- Generalize or transfer behavior from one situation of response to another (i.e. from completing skills at the clinic to being able to complete these skills in a classroom or at home)