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What is ABA Therapy?

What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy?

Caravel Autism Health’s network of autism health professionals develops individualized autism treatment plans based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. The goal of ABA therapy is to help a child develop the verbal and social skills necessary so that he or she can move from being motivated primarily by sensory and motor stimuli in the environment to being motivated primarily by verbal and social interaction with other people.

Caravel Autism Health’s ABA therapy programs help children with autism and their families to develop skills, create connections and gain confidence. Caravel Autism Health’s approach is rooted in research and results. Our founders and therapists are committed to being the most passionate and compassionate clinicians in the autism health field.

The time spent in a quality ABA therapy program will have results that last throughout a child’s lifetime. ABA therapy is a child’s greatest chance for leading an independent and happy life.

What Skills Does ABA Therapy Address?

Children with autism exhibit behaviors that reveal a variety of skills deficits. ABA therapy is extremely effective in facilitating a wide range of skills building for children living with autism. Generally speaking, children with autism often need help with oral and verbal skills, gross and fine motor skills, and sensory processing.

During ABA therapy, goals are set and then broken down into small steps. The steps are then organized into a logical order and taught one small step at a time. Some examples of how we work to address and overcome these skills deficits are outlined below:



For children facing challenges with their verbal skills, it’s often necessary to help them build other communication skills first. The first step usually involves trusting a therapist as part of a caring relationship based on enjoyable time spent together. This sets the stage as we help the child grow more comfortable with sensory issues that used to cause distress or withdrawal from other people. When a child gains confidence about his or her environment, it’s easier to build non-verbal and imitation skills that will lead to speech.



Some children with autism have severe issues with high-pitched noises, fluorescent lights, certain fabrics coming into contact with their skin, or the sensation of being touched. These symptoms are indicative of sensory defensiveness. Once a child’s issues are understood, our therapist can create a predictable and soothing environment for learning. We also then design a plan to help children overcome their sensory defensiveness so they can live and learn more comfortably in the world.



When a child with autism lashes out, it’s easy to believe that the problem comes from anger. Actually, aggressive behaviors are more likely caused by a communications problem. Our therapists can help your child improve his or her communication skills through picture exchanges, sign language, verbal requesting and other methods. We reduce the anger your child feels by helping him or her to express thoughts and ideas in a more productive way.

Caravel Autism Health’s treatment plans are designed to help children in many ways. We work with children with autism to help them:

  • Develop prerequisite skills for verbal and social interactions.
  • Develop receptive and expressive language skills.
  • Begin to use those skills with guidance from adults.
  • Begin to use those skills with peers with less adult prompting.
  • Develop social and abstract communication skills.
  • Begin to enjoy social and verbal interaction.
  • Begin to learn rules based on verbal interaction.
  • Exhibit behaviors that are motivated by a desire to please others.
  • Become ready for school based learning.


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