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What Does In-Home ABA Therapy Involve?

ABA therapy is a comprehensive program of services — it is not a “one size fits all approach,” nor is it a “canned” set of programs. Therapy is customized to an individual’s needs, skills, and preferences, as well as to the family’s situation and goals of care. Therefore, a therapy…

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Who Provides ABA Therapy?

Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) are the best providers of ABA therapy. Just like medical issues are assessed and treated by qualified medical professionals, behavioral issues should be assessed and intervened upon by a qualified behavior specialist. Always check the credentials of those who claim to be ABA therapists. Choose…

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What Kind Of Change Can Be Expected With ABA Therapy In Dementia Care?

Behavior changes at different rates for each individual. Some families may see changes in a week, some in a month, some after 3-6 months. Also, some behaviors may change quicker than others. Progress varies depending on the person, their environment, and how much time the caregiver spends on the intervention…

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What Types Of Appropriate Behaviors Can ABA Therapy Increase?

In order to effectively decrease challenging behaviors, we also need to simultaneously increase appropriate behaviors. Often, older adults with dementia are alone with nothing to do or have lost the cognitive and/or physical abilities to do the things they used to do. Sometimes this lack of activity increases the probability…

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Challenging Behaviors ABA Therapy Can Decrease

Nearly all individuals diagnosed with dementia will display a challenging behavior at some point during their illness. These are stressful and sometimes scary problems to witness. Challenging behaviors may occur in clusters or change in frequency and/or intensity throughout the progression of dementia. Challenging behaviors to decrease may include: Agitation,…

Evidence of ABA in Dementia Care

Evidence Of ABA Therapy In Dementia Care

A number of studies have demonstrated that ABA therapy can produce improvements in communication, social and activity engagement, self-care, ambulation, as well as decrease challenging behaviors like wandering, disruptive vocalizations, and aggression. In fact, one of the largest nationally-funded research programs to train caregivers how to manage challenging behaviors was…

ABA Therapy in Dementia Care

What Is ABA Therapy In Dementia Care?

Primary goal of ABA therapy is to help individuals with dementia remain as independent as possible. We aim to increase the quality of life of our patients as well as their caregivers. We strive to decrease challenging behaviors while maintaining or teaching alternative, cognitively-appropriate skills for everyday functioning. In ABA…

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What Is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Behavior analysis is the science of identifying the relationship(s) between biology, the environment, and behavior. Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a branch of behavior analysis that focuses on changing meaningful, “real-world” behavior. Scientists and clinicians who work in the field of ABA address the behavioral needs (e.g., aggression, disruptions) of…

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What Is Dementia?

Around the age of 40, normal aging begins to occur. Individuals experience changes in their senses (vision, hearing, taste, smell), sleep patterns, and heart, blood, and lunch circulation. Adults also experience changes in the brain – it becomes more difficult to pay attention, process information, and multi-task. This is normal…

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