What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum Disorder is characterized by social skills, repetitive behavior, and communication.

What are the signs of autism?

Some of the signs that you can see in your child might look like:

  • Little response to name
  • Limited eye contact
  • Little or limited communication (not repeating phrases)
  • Unusual reactions to sounds, tastes, smells, or lights
  • Limited interests
  • Lack of empathy

When are signs of autism first seen?

When you see autism signs may vary. Sometimes infants show these signs early on, but other times these signs might not be seen until the child is age 2 or 3. However, there are times where signs are not seen.

For more information on autism and signs, visit the CDC website ›

What is the ABA approach?

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders defines Behavior Analysis as “the scientific study of behavior.” Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the application of the principles derived by Behavior Analysis to solve problems of social significance.

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is the systematic application of behavioral principles applied to interventions within everyday situations in effort to increase or decrease certain behavior. While there is no “one way” method to ABA, the approached within are scientifically based and are initiated and maintained by objective measurements. This means that if change is not observed, the method is re-evaluated. Years and years of research have validated treatments based on ABA.

ABA can be used for anyone at any age to learn or change most any kind of behavior. The application has been successful across populations from children to adults with various developmental, learning, and mental health needs.

For more specific information about ABA, visit Autism Speaks ›

How can ABA methods support children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder?

At A Brand New Day ABA, we apply ABA principles to the treatment of the individuals and families we serve in effort to reduce or increase behaviors that are necessary for enhanced independence and quality of life.

  • Increase positive behaviors while reducing problem behaviors
  • Promote behavior change
  • Increase academic, social, and independent living skills
  • Generalize across behaviors, people, and environments
  • Teach replacement behaviors

What does a clinician do?

  • Utilizes a variety of assessments and strategies to identify target behaviors and bring about improved results.
  • Develops an individualized Behavior Intervention Plan along with family to address behaviors to increase (desired behaviors) and behaviors to decrease (undesired behavior).
  • Implements and monitors goals.
  • Provides behavior technicians with training and ongoing support.
  • Provides training and support for families.

Clinician services include:

  • Various assessments
  • Discrete trial training
  • Life skill training
  • Verbal behavior training
  • Social skill training
  • Parental / caregiver training
  • Behavioral consulting
  • Educational consulting