ABC or Applied Behavior Counseling
The purpose of the ABC (Applied Behavior Consultants) is to use ABA services for people with autism and other developmental disabilities to increase their quality of life. This treatment follows ABA’s theoretical principles.
ABC therapy targets all learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, and syndromes, and provides the best service for this group of people suing the ABA Theoretical Framework.
ABC or Applied Behavior Counseling
The goal of ABC (Applied Behavior Consultants) is to use services for people with autism and other developmental disabilities to increase their quality of life.
The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) method is a valid scientific perspective for the treatment of children with autism. This view emphasizes principles that explain how learning happens. One of the most important of these principles is positive reinforcement, meaning that when a behavior is rewarded, that behavior is more likely to be repeated.
This treatment follows ABA’s theoretical principles, so that the program design will be done in ABA format to determine what is being taught and how to be taught. ABC treatment targets all learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, and syndromes (including: Preddler Willie syndrome, retardation, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, attention deficit, etc.) and uses ABA’s theoretical framework to provide the best services for this group of people.
Although, the ABC method provides services to both children and adults; But it is specially designed to intervene in early intensive behavioral therapy for children under 10 years of age with autism, or suspected of having symptoms of autism, or at risk for developing either at home or at school.
What do we believe in the implementation of the ABC plan?
- Every child is unique and needs a special program according to their needs.
- All children have the right to play and have fun.
- All children need to learn communication skills/techniques.
- In order to play a role in the child’s community, he must have a social mindset and understand the theory of the minds of others.
- The family should be involved in treatment to get the best results
- Finally, it should be noted that our main belief in ABC therapy is that all people with autism or signs of autism or at risk for autism should reach their full potential, and this can only be achieved through acknowledging the value of the child, to accept the child and to be involved in the child’s treatment.
Treatment Course in ABC plan
- Initially, the child’s cognitive, linguistic, behavioral, motor, and social skills are assessed, and programs based on the shortcomings observed in each of these areas of skill are presented.
- In this method, the basic skills are broken down into smaller parts that can be done for the child, and the child is encouraged to do the right thing by using motivational strategies and providing positive reinforcement on a regular basis.
- These sub-skills are practiced until the child is sufficient in them, and then these skills are used to build new skills.
- Behavioral Problems Assessment: When behavioral problems occur, a comprehensive study of behaviors that interfere with learning or endanger the child’s well-being is conducted, and then preventive strategies and treatment processes are used to reduce inappropriate behavior.
- Generalizability: In this method, the training will be accepted first in a structured environment and then in a non-generalized environment.
- Parental education: The role played by parents in treatment is very influential in the treatment process. Increasing a child’s generalizability in basic skills like, welcoming, looking at others when his or her name is called, play, and verbal interaction require parental intervention.
- Educating parents teaches them skills to use to increase independence, generalizability, and skill retention. In addition, they understand the importance of encouraging, stabilizing, and using it to achieve the desired behavior.
- The child’s inappropriate behaviors are also analyzed in the treatment process, and a behavioral program is presented to reduce these behaviors and replace them with appropriate social behaviors.
Important educational goals in ABC therapy
- Communication and language: Programs are designed to create the treasures needed to communicate effectively and meaningfully with others. Thus, the child is taught appropriate ways to socialize and ask for needs. The language treasury that is required for communication is also a priority
- imitation: Imitation is one of the therapeutic foundations in this way. Because one of the most basic ways of learning in children is imitation, and in this way, they can form a common attention and social interaction in the best possible way.