Behavioural Based Treatment

Our treatment approach is grounded in the science of behaviour known as Behaviour Analysis. Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is the process of using behavioural principles to create practical and socially significant change.


Over the past 30 years, several thousand published research studies have documented the effectiveness of using an ABA approach to address a variety of different behaviours, populations and settings, including, but not exclusively, Autism.


ABA is an objective discipline focused on the reliable measurement and objective evaluation of observable behavior. Programs based upon ABA methodologies are grounded in the well-established principles of learning and operant conditioning, as influenced by the works of researchers such as Edward L. Thorndike and B.F. Skinner.

The process for intervention involves:


  1. Identifying the behaviours we would like to increase (skills) and those that we would like to reduce (behaviour that interferes with learning).
  2. Establish measurable goals.
  3. Identify the child’s current capacity to engage in the target behaviours
  4. Design and implement interventions that teach new skills and/or reduce interfering behaviours.
  5. Reviewing data relating to the effectiveness of the intervention.
  6. Adapting the intervention  to improve it’s effectiveness and efficiency in achieving the established goals.

ABA generally focuses on the process of behavior change with respect to the development of adaptive, prosocial behavior and the reduction of maladaptive behavior. Specific “socially significant behaviors” include academics, communication, social skills and adaptive living skills. For example, ABA methods can be used to:


  • teach new skills;
  • generalise existing skills;
  • identify the reasons why problematic behaviours are occurring;
  • reduce inappropriate behaviours.


Our ABA programs are multi faceted and comprised of a variety of different teaching techniques. These include (but are not limited to):


  • Picture Exchange Communication System
  • Natural Environment Training
  • Fluency/ Precision Teaching
  • Verbal Behaviour approach to teaching language
  • Functional Communication Training
  • Discrete Trial Instruction