The providers in the BHPN provide an array of services for families and individuals living with autism spectrum disorder. The BHPN’s integrated system enables providers and all caretakers to effectively participate in the care cycle with the end goal of better outcomes for clients.
Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific discipline that focuses on the analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of social and other environmental modifications to produce meaningful changes in behavior. Based on assessment and observations, ABA programs make changes to an individual’s environment to promote changes to that person’s behavior.
ABA is based on the fact that an individual’s behavior is determined by past and current environmental events in conjunction with genetic and physiological variables. When included in a client’s treatment for autism, ABA focuses on addressing the problems of the disorder by altering the individual’s social and learning environments. The focus of ABA is both on skill acquisition (behaviors to increase) as well as behavior reduction for maladaptive behaviors. These, when occurring together, create meaningful change to an individual’s behavior.
Occupational therapy helps clients increase their level of functioning and become more independent. Therapies can include both activities of daily living and task-oriented therapeutic activities designed to improve or develop functioning.
Speech therapy works to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders. Speech therapists work with clients to improve speech and language capabilities through a variety of speech and behavioral health treatments. (Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association)