The Behavior Analysis Center of Asheville is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders through science-based interventions. The Behavior Analysis Center of Asheville will provide the following services to the people of Western North Carolina:
- A research-based classroom for young children with autism led by a certified teacher and staff trained in principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.
- In-home support for families whose children or young adults with autism have challenging behaviors.
- Education to the Western North Carolina community about autism and the application of science-based interventions.
|We are pleased to announce that the Grotto ABA Preschool for children with Autism is up and running, and has been adopted by St. Gerard House. We are excited and look forward to starting another school in the near future.
|What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science of applying experimentally derived principles of behavior to improve socially significant behavior. ABA takes what we know about behavior and applies scientific methods to bring about positive change (Applied). Behaviors are defined in observable and measurable terms in order to assess change over time (Behavior). The behavior is analyzed within the environment to determine what factors are influencing the behavior (Analysis). ABA-based interventions have gained recent popularity in the last 20 years related to teaching students with autism spectrum disorders. ABA is approved by the United States Surgeon General
as the most evidence based intervention for children with autism.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science of applying experimentally derived principles of behavior to improve socially significant behavior. More specifically, ABA means:
Applied - ABA takes what we know about behavior and applies scientific methods to bring about positive change in human behaviors.
Behavior - Behaviors are defined in observable and measurable terms in order to assess change over time.
Analysis - The behavior is analyzed within the environment to determine what factors are influencing the behavior.
Behavior Analysis became recognized as a part of Psychology in the 1930s. ABA-based interventions have gained recent popularity in the last 20 years with relation to teaching students with autism spectrum disorders. ABA is approved by the United States Surgeon General as the most evidence-based intervention for children with autism.
BACA Projects for 2009-2011
A classroom within an established, licensed preschool will serve children under the age of 5 who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst will design individualized curricula for each of the students. A licensed teacher and trained aides will
use principles of applied behavior analysis to implement research-based strategies to help each child master skills in their curriculum. Opportunities for generalization of skills and focus on social interactions will be provided each day when children integrate with their typically developing peers at the preschool.
Behavioral Crisis Intervention
It is all too frequent that families are overwhelmed with behavioral problems from children with autism. Skilled professionals who can analyze behaviors and teach solutions to families are not readily available in Western North Carolina. The objective of this annual project is to help at least 10 families in crisis by making these professionals available to families for 10 to 15 hours each, in order to regain behavioral consistency with their child and family stability.
BACA is now accepting applications for our program.
Please download and fill out an application and send it to us at:
PO Box 6118
Asheville, NC 28816
The first recipients will be selected March 17, 2011 and applications will continue to be accepted for the entire year.
- 15 hours of assessment
- Development of a behavior plan
- Training and follow-up in the family home
Applied Behavior Analysis is slowly becoming recognized in Western North Carolina as the state of the art treatment for autism and other developmental disabilities. With only 35 Board Certified Behavior Analysts in North Carolina, there is a severe need for dissemination of information to yield ethical and best practices for people with disabilities. The Behavior Analysis Center of Asheville will provide training seminars to families, educators, interventionists and the general public on an ongoing basis.