APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS (ABA)
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is based on the science of learning and behavior. ABA involves implementing techniques and strategies that are scientifically proven to be effective in changing behavior. We focus on applying the laws of ABA to help increase appropriate behaviors, improve communication skills and verbal behavior, and reducing problem behaviors in the process.
The US Surgeon General and the American Psychological Association cite ABA as an evidence based "best" practice as treatment for autism. ABA includes many different techniques for changing behavior, including antecedent and consequence manipulations. For more information about Applied Behavior Analysis, please visit the BACB using this link.
At ATLAS, our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) use the science of Applied Behavior Analysis to change behavior. Following the results of an initial assessment, we create unique, individualized programs for each child. We focus on manipulating behavior by identifying functions of behavior and implementing researched strategies based on function. Our primary goal is to teach children to communicate their wants and needs, while using verbal behavior to decrease problem behavior and increase socially appropriate behaviors.
Our BCBAs train and supervise Registered Line Technicians (RLTs) on the principles of ABA and how to apply them in a controlled environment. ATLAS features a 1:1 technician to child ratio. Although scheduling depends on the individual, typically, clients attend the center for 30 hours per week, while receiving intensive 1:1 care and therapy from highly trained individuals. Our BCBAs maintain small caseloads (less than 6 clients) to guarantee fidelity and quality care. The BACB recommends at least 2 hours of supervision for every 10 hours of direct treatment as the standard for care, with a minimum of 2 hours per week. Because of our small client caseloads, our BCBAs are able to supervise treatment of individuals up to 5 hours per week. For more information concerning our model and services, please click on the services tab above.
ATLAS formed in 2018 in response to a genuine need for quality care for children and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the Greater New Orleans area. ATLAS combines various aspects of different ABA models, including the Carbone Model and the CABAS (Comprehensive Application of Behavior Analysis to Schooling) Model. For more information concerning staff, please visit the staff link above.