Individualized Support Leads to Improved
Quality of Life
Bethesda assists people in achieving their hopes and dreams
through the support of behavioral therapy for children and adults with autism
and other developmental disabilities. Using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA),
our Board-Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and Registered Behavior
Technicians (RBTs) will work one-on-one with your loved one, as well as with
the family, to help identify and develop the skills your child needs to achieve
their best possible life.
At Bethesda, we use the science of Applied Behavior Analysis with a focus on four areas:
people safely, effectively, and respectfully communicate wants, needs, likes
and dislikes in ways that are understood by others.
people safely and effectively gain the attention of others in ways that are
understood by others.
people joyfully and safely engage in life’s activities.
people safely, effectively and diplomatically cope with adverse situations that
are in their long-term best interest.
How Applied Behavior Analysis Works
Behavioral therapy is a highly customizable and positive
approach to promoting behavior change, from reducing problem behaviors to
promoting skill-building. A qualified and
trained behavior analyst (BCBA) designs and directly oversees the program. They
customize the plan to each person’s skills, needs, interests, preferences and
Here’s how it works:
- A Board-Certified Behavior Analyst will conduct a detailed assessment of each person’s skills and preferences, and create a customized plan designed to promote positive changes in your child’s behavior.
- The Behavior Analyst and a Registered Behavior Technician (under supervision of the Behavior Analyst) will work with you, your loved one and staff to implement the plan. This includes doing regular sessions with the individual, as well as providing training for staff and family.
- The team tracks progress and uses ongoing data analysis to ensure the plan is continuously tailored to maximize effectiveness.
Goals can include many
different skill areas, such as:
- Communication and language
- Social skills
- Self-care (such as showering and toileting)
- Play and leisure
- Motor skills
- Learning and academic skills
- Vocational Skills
- Independent Living Skills
- Relationship Skills
- Problem Solving and Coping Strategies
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