Behavior therapy is an important treatment for many children with autism or other developmental disorders. Behavior therapy aims to increase a child’s skills for independent living while decreasing challenging behaviors. There are several different approaches to behavior therapy that have been developed and studied. The approach to behavior therapy most widely studied is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
“What’s great is the therapists are using her skills and her talent and her personality to make the most of what she can do. It’s a beautiful thing.”
H., Mom of 8 year-old with autism
Our Blended Cognitive, Behavioral, and Relationship-Based Model of Care
We have developed a neurological approach to behavior therapy that draws on the most effective techniques from:
- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
- Developmental and relationship-based models of intervention
- Neuroscientific research
Improving Complex Information Processing
Research tells us that improving the development and function of neural networks that connect far-reaching regions of the brain should be the goal of behavior therapy. That’s because building long-range neural connections supports complex information processing, and the integration of sensory, motor, cognitive and social-emotional functions.
To strengthen long-range networks (and to reduce the excess activity in short-range networks), a behavior intervention program must avoid the over-repetition of discrete tasks. Once skills are acquired, they must be immediately expanded and generalized to new contexts.
Reshaping Neural Networks
Cortica’s approach to behavior therapy aims to reshape neural networks to enhance long-range connectivity.
Our skilled ABA clinicians conduct sessions in the home, clinic and community.
Interested in learning more about Cortica’s approach to behavior therapy programs? Contact our office to speak with a member of our ABA team.