What is Applied Behavior Therapy (ABA)
Applied Behavior Therapy (ABA) is a form of therapy based on the science of learning and behavior. ABA helps us understand how behavior works, how it is affected by the environment around us, and how learning works. ABA is effective for children and adults in a variety of settings, including schools and work. ABA’s ultimate goal is to increase behaviors that are helpful and decrease behaviors that are harmful or affect learning.
When is ABA used?
ABA is commonly practiced as a therapeutic intervention for individuals with autism or related diagnosis. ABA helps improve social interactions, learn new skills, and maintain positive behaviors. It also helps in transferring skills, controlling negative situations, improving attention, focus, and academics. ABA also increases language and communication skills. It is a form of therapy that is successful when it is applied intensely.
How does ABA work?
ABA is a customized form of therapy. It is not one shoe that fits all. The program must be designed and be directly overseen by a qualified and trained behavior analyst. Our first step at Mind Institute is to conduct a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) by our Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). We then create a customized ABA program to each learner’s skills, family situation, interests, and needs. Once the goals/objectives are identified based on the age and ability level of the individual, therapy plans are put in place. Our therapy plans break down objectives to a simple step by step instructions. Progress is measured by collecting data in each therapy session. This is an ongoing process as therapy plans and goals are adjusted and tweaked regularly. The general goals of most individuals that need ABA are improving:
- Motor skills
- Self-help skills
- Social skills
- Communication and language
- Academic skills
Learn and practice of skills is done both in natural and controlled/structured environments. ABA uses a lot of repeated positive reinforcements. Some of our techniques include:
- Verbal Behaviour (VB)
- Functional Communication Training (FCT)
- Natural Environment Teaching (NET)
- Discrete Trial Training (DTT)
- Functional Behaviour Assessment
General aspects of Mind Institute ABA services include:
- Baseline assessment and ongoing assessments using tools including VB-Mapp, ABBLS-R, PEAK (Promoting Emergence of Advanced Knowledge), AIM (Accept, Identify and Move), and AFLS to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your child and to ensure steady progress.
- Intensive 1 to 1 therapy
- Group therapy
- Parent training
Mind Institute’s parent’s training
At Mind Institute, we help parents build skills that would help their child generalize the acquired skills at home and in school. These skills are:
- Positive communication; we teach parents to “listen” and give their child their full attention. Listening to your child and reflecting their words back to them makes your child feel special and helps him/her feel that you care what they say.
- Routine and structure; we teach parents that having a daily routine and a structure at home helps the child know what to expect each day. Routine also helps you as a parent to be consistent in your response. This predictability helps your child learn quicker.
- Positive reinforcement; this is big. Praising your child when she/he does something good, will teach your child to repeat her/his positive behavior.
Is ABA Evidence-Based?
According to the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, “Applied Behavior Analytic (ABA) treatments, may be among the best examples of evidence-based behavioral health care. In contrast to some reports in the media, independent reviews consistently agree that ABA and EIBI treatments for autism are effective and that the extensive body of research meets high standards of evidence.”
Mind Institute is dedicated to helping you or your child gain intellectual functioning, language development, daily living skills, and social functioning. We provide high quality individualized ABA to our clients. We are committed to providing you with effective, evidence-based services. Call us today.
Good morning. I have been meaning to send this message for some time now to thank Mind institute and especially Ms. Christy for helping my daughter with her language skills. The dealings with your institute were very professional and Ms. Christy was a godsend to us. Please thank her again on our behalf for being such an exemplary teacher for our daughter. We are very grateful for the patience and effort she put in not just with my daughter but also with quelling our anxieties and curiosities. She was excellent in keeping my daughter engaged in her sessions and in making her comfortable. We are extremely thankful to her and to Mind institute for the help that was given to our daughter.
We were worried the moment we found out that the center will be closed due to our current situation. But the family was really amazed at how the center handled the uncertainties. My son is now attending teletherapy sessions for his OT and SLT. It was quite new and challenging in the first few sessions but because of the hard work and professionalism of the team, I could say they are doing a great job! Thank you Ms. Madeeha (SLT), Ms. Lili (OT) and Ms. Azza for all your hard work to make things happen for all your students. Stay safe everyone! Eid Mubarak!
Mind Institute has always been my first and only choice when it came for special needs for my son. My son has progressed tremendously in all aspects and I’m grateful for all the hard work put in by all the therapists and assistants. I’m truly grateful to Ms Gillian (special educator) for all the hard work and her indefatigable calm and courtesy when it comes to making my son feel at home and satisfying a worried and super involved parent like me. Ms Vanessa has also developed an amazing relationship with my son and she is extremely loving and patient when it comes to calming my son down.
Best Special Needs Center in Qatar. Also, deliver adult psychotherapy.
I am so glad my daughter has joined Mind Institute and that is because of the improvement we see and feel in her overall development. We were so worried and concerned before she joined. But they have amazed us with all the intervention. She has massively developed and we are so pleased
Professional, passionate and caring! Highly recommend them.
The Mind Institute helps you fulfil your needs, it helped me improve my concentration and I made good progress with them, it also tries to help you with other aspects you didn't know you needed, because it did also try to help me with my social skills. In addition, it is very flexible with scheduling appointments.
شكرا من القلب. لقد استفاد ابني اوس كثيرا من المركز وقد تطورت مهاراته السلوكية والادراكية والنفسية واللفظية. بصراحة انصح الجميع بزيارة المركز بما له من طاقم اداري اكثر من رائع. وهية تدريس تدرك من اول يوم ان ابنك سيكون بايدي امينة. وفعلا ماشككت يوما بهذا. بحيث اني ارى الحب والدفئ في عيونهم
السلا عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته انا عاجزه عن الشكر والتقدير لكل نجمه سطعت في سماء المركز ونورت حياتي وحياة الاطفال اللي يتلقون العلاج المناسب لهم واخص بالذكر ابني فهد اقل مااقدر اوصله لكم هو عوده فهد لارض الواقع بفضل نجوم المركز المميزين وبفضل قمر المركز منال جزاكم الله الف خير على مجهوداتكم التي لا تعد ولا تحصي ام فهد محمد مصطفي
If you are looking for a professional and caring center to work with you closely to develop your child’s skills and abilities, then Mind Institute is the one. My ASD daughter has been going there for more than two years now and I have continuously been satisfied with all her progress. They know how to identify the child’s struggles, structure a development plan and address the issues accordingly. The improvement we have seen in her is amazing. She is more independent and confident now. She is going to a mainstream school two months from now and I cannot be more grateful. The whole team are hearty and care for the kids in the center. I drop my daughter there every day with confidence, knowing that she is in good hands. Mind Institute has been a lovely part of our family and we are full of gratitude for all their efforts.
بصراحة هذا المكان الافضل في قطر لذوي الاحتياجات الخاصه وهو يشمل كل الاعاقات وكل الاعمار ولاحظت تقدم كبير ل ابني وانا اتكلم عن تجربه انصحكم في هذا المكان سواء كان عنده تواحد او تواصل في النطق او تواصل بصري او اعاقة حركية وانصحكم بهذا المكان جداً جميل والتعامل جداً راقي لدرجة ان في استمراريه في الملاحظات والصور يرسلونها اول باول على الايميل ماندمت على اني حطيت ابني بينهم
My son has been attending the EIP at Mind Institute for the last 2 years. We are very satisfied with our son’s progress and with Minds personalized support and plan. I especially appreciate my son’s warm personal rapport with the teaching & assisting staff which makes our journey a whole lot easier. I’m grateful for Ms Sharon and Ms Vanessa patience and support provided to us at all times.
Excellent service. Strong and clear communication throughout, very flexible and supportive despite COVID changes. Very friendly and engaging staff, my son always felt at ease and welcome. Would highly recommend. In terms of results, excellent progress throughout therapy and sustainable results.
We have had a great experience with Mind Institute both through tele-therapy and in person. My son was so excited to attend each week and his therapist, Hafsa, was excellent. The team were professional and welcoming and I have no hesitations in recommending their services.
I am sending you to tell you about my experience with the virtual program that Mind Institute start with, because of recent situation of COVID-19 virus. As you know my Son just joined middle of February 2020. So he spent only almost 1 month and then center was closed. To be honest I found real care from all the staff for the benefit of my son. These online lessons were difficult for the first week but you and all the therapists worked hard with me and I learned a lot about how to deal with him and I came to know what type of toys are useful since you are sending us a weekly plan with all resources needed. When I ask for something or have a concern you and all Mind Institute family are available to help. Thanks a lot for your patience, hard work and support.
I’m writing this email to feedback on VIP program which we started with my son Ilia 2 weeks ago. This is absolutely incredible program which supports my sons learning/ communicative needs even during this hard time of school’s closure. I was a bit worried at first how he would react to distance learning and whether he will cope with tasks given online, but from the very first training session he grabbed the concept and just greeted his teacher as if she was in the room. I was very surprised to know that every week I will receive not only detailed plan, but also complete kit to support this plan, this is just beyond any praise! The kit includes all necessary supplies to support creative learning and it’s so easy to prepare for every session. More than that it’s tailored to my child’s needs and interests! The team was so attentive to ilia’s liking of firefighting topic so that they created the whole set for math (addition), fun games in firefighting theme! Thank you for that! The program is also helpful for me as a parent to better understand my kid, learn his strengths and spend more quality time together having fun and lots of laughs! My son loves everyday sessions and looks forward to seeing his teacher and assistants and therapists! I can’t thank you enough for presenting this amazing opportunity to families who have to organize in- house schooling. Thank you to all the MI team and see you soon on the next session!
I would like to extend my appreciation to the entire team, for their work with the VIP program. The program has been very insightful, for me as a parent. As I am able to better understand Leon’s challenge’s in a study setting/ environment. I do feel it is important to keep the activities as interactive and stimulating as possible. Because this keeps Leon engaged and focused through the session. The weekly kits, sent to us have been very well planned and organized. This has made it easy for me to understand as a parent.
خدمات التواصل عن بعد ممتازة وطريقة مثلى للاستفادة من الوقت وإعادة تنظيم جدول الحياة اليومي لابراهيم والاهم الاستمرار في الخطة العلاجية الخاصة به جهودكم مشكورة جميعا
خدمات التواصل عن بعد ممتازة وطريقة مثلى للاستفادة من الوقت وإعادة تنظيم جدول الحياة اليومي لابراهيم والاهم الاستمرار في الخطة العلاجية الخاصة به
كانت تجربة الزوم ناجحة بالنسبة لي حيث ان ليس ابنتي فقط من استفادت منه انا كذلك استفدت وتعلمت اشياء لم اكم اعرفها من قبل واصبحت اعرف كيف اتعامل مع ابنتي بطرق علميه. شكرا مايند انستتيوت كم انت رائع
It’s great seeing Myles being busy, especially doing a body parts activity. We’ve been trying so hard to get Myles to do things like that at home, but he would never do them! The only thing I think he really shows interest in is music and musical instruments! He has recently started to imitate us playing his drum kit and other little instruments like tambourine...