Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Verbal Behavior Therapy (VBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

What is ABA?

ABA stands for Applied Behavior Analysis, otherwise known as the science of learning. Our clinicians employ practices and procedures distilled from a century of research from experimental centers, family homes, schools and clinics to make measurable progress addressing behaviors that are important to you. ABA is the gold standard for reliably, compassionately, and measurably building skills and decreasing problem behavior.

ABA is a science and we begin wherever your child is to develop individualized, evidence-based programming to meet your family’s unique set of needs.  From toilet training to accepting transitions, saying ‘mama’ to playing with a peer, the first day of school to the first paycheck, ABA has been proven to help and ACT clinicians have the experience to support you and your child achieve your goals.

ACT is not driven by a specific curriculum – we draw from various established curricular approaches to create a program that is best for your child, while ensuring everything we do is consistent with the principles and practices of ABA. Senior clinicians draw from Verbal Behavior (VB), Discrete Trial Training (DTT), Cognitive Behavior Intervention (CBI), and Social Skills curricula to craft what your child needs right now to move forward in the most impactful and efficient way.

ABA does not lose its effectiveness as a teaching approach – after all it is the science of how we all learn, everything, our entire lives – and ACT doesn’t stop teaching your children when they reach a certain age.  ACT has experience working with adolescents and adults in their homes, places of employment and community settings. If you have an older child who exhibits challenging behavior, or would benefit from focused teaching on pivotal skills impacting their independence, ABA remains the gold standard of treatment.

The State of Wisconsin has deemed ABA the only intervention to earn a level 1 rating for proven effectiveness and safety for any individual with an autism spectrum disorder. Please click here to learn more.