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Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy Program

The ABA clinic at the Chattanooga Autism Center offers intensive, clinic-based therapy for children ages 2-6 with behavioral difficulties and/or developmental delays. Under the guidance of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), children receive individualized, play-based instruction that is geared towards kindergarten readiness. BCBAs collaborate closely with caregivers and Registered Behavior Technicians to help children improve communication, build pre-academic skills, engage in social interactions with peers, and gain independence, all the while reducing challenging behaviors at home and in the community.

What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy?
  • ABA is an evidence-based intervention that improves functional outcomes for children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disorders.
  • ABA aims to decrease dangerous or harmful behaviors such as aggression and self-injury by increasing skills such as communication, peer interactions, and engagement in learning activities. 
  • ABA works directly with caregivers to set goals, integrate interventions into home and community settings, and measure progress with the aim of creating life-long change for children and families. 
What does ABA at the CAC look like?
  • Lots of play! Play is the foundation of learning in young children.
  • 1:1 instruction time with therapists in and outside of individual classrooms
  • Frequent breaks in our sensory and calm down rooms to move and relax
  • Structured peer play where children practice social goals in a supportive setting
  • Group instruction via circle time where kids build kindergarten readiness skills such as engaging in group learning, sharing materials, and participating in collaborative projects
Who would benefit from ABA at the CAC?
  • Children exhibiting behavior problems that significantly impact family life
  • Children with language and other developmental delays
  • Children who need more support to achieve kindergarten readiness than is typically provided in a traditional preschool setting
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