1:1 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy
Verbal Behavior Based
Clinical & In-Home
Verbal Behavior is the behavioral analysis of language.
Our technique seeks to develop functional communication and other abilities that
lead to enriching personal relationships, well-being, vocational productivity, and day-to-day self-determination.
B.F. Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior and the supporting work is what we are based on. ESABA focuses on assessment and treatment of language based upon the function the word or action serves in the learner’s environment rather than its form.
This includes, but is not limited to: sign language, gestures, PECS and more. By applying behavior analytic principles and procedures using verbal operants as a unit of measure, we are able to assess and treat language systematically and individually for each learner. (Skinner, B. F. (1957). Verbal Behavior. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts.)
Discrete Trial Training
Discrete Trial Training (DTT) is a research based structured ABA technique that breaks down skills into small, “discrete” components. Systematically, the trainer teaches these skills one by one. Along the way, trainers use tangible reinforcements for desired behavior. This allows for a high number of specific training trials. The Verbal Behavior approach to DTT also requires the adherence to teaching procedures that assist in reducing the value of escape motivated behaviors that may arise from a higher rate of demands: pairing, variable ratio schedules of immediate reinforcement and so on.
Natural Environment Training (NET)
Natural Environment Training (NET) focuses on learning in natural environment settings through play and/or the day to day activities of the client. For instance, opportunities for teaching can take place in the grocery store or at a family gathering. This method implements teaching opportunities while the child continues to play, without realizing any teaching is going on. Additionally, NET can occur in or out of the home which gives parents the opportunity to find more natural moments to work on improving skills with the client.