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Q & A on ABA Therapy

  • WHAT is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?

    Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the use of various techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior. For children with autism and other developmental disabilities in Cleveland, ABA therapy has helped them function more independently and successfully at home, in school or other environments.

  • WHY should I choose ABA Therapy?

    It works. ABA Therapy is the only clinically proven therapy for children with autism. ABA is also endorsed by the US Surgeon General, Autism Speaks, The American Academy of Neurology, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychological Association, The Autism Society of America, the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, the National Institute of Mental Health, and many others.

  • WHEN can my child receive ABA Therapy?

    At any age. Almost all individuals on the autism spectrum can benefit from ABA, regardless of their age or level of ability. Plus, ABA therapy can be done anywhere. In school, at home, in a grocery store, library or park.

  • WHO is ABA therapy for?

    ABA therapy can help children with:

    • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) including Asperger’s
    • ADHD
    • Developmental delays
    • Feeding, food refusal, and over-selectivity
    • Off-task behavior and attention problems
    • Speech and language disorders
    • Behavioral disabilities
  • HOW can I pay for ABA therapy?

    ABA therapy in Cleveland must now be covered by a new health insurance mandate that went into effect Jan 1, 2014. ABA therapy is also funded by grants, scholarships and a growing number of school districts.

  • WHERE can I go for ABA therapy in Cleveland?

    You’ve just found the perfect place in Cleveland for ABA Therapy. Building Blocks Therapy

    At Building Blocks Therapy our focus is to increase socially appropriate behaviors and decrease socially inappropriate behaviors by using positive reinforcement and other behavior principles.

    As a program of behavior modification, ABA involves:

    • Breaking down skills to their smallest manageable units and expanded into more meaningful and complex units.
    • Using procedures such as reinforcement, extinction, shaping, prompting, fading, chaining, discrimination, generalization etc. to teach skills.
    • Skills taught include, but are not limited to:
      • receptive language
      • expressive language (mands, tacts, intraverbals, etc.)
      • social skills
      • motor imitation
      • self-help skills
      • etc.

Ways We Help

Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy uses different methods to develop behavior with positive changes. Using ABA we can:

  • Build language and communication skills
  • Improve classroom behavior and performance
  • Overcome behavioral challenges
  • Develop social and play skills
  • Develop everyday living and self-care skills
  • Eliminate maladaptive (or negative) behaviors, such as self-stimulation, self-injurious behaviors and aggression

ABA Therapy can help you and your child learn to better cope with the things around you as they come up. We can help you and your family find a way to achieve results.

Only Clinically Proven Method

ABA therapy is the only clinically proven intervention for children with autism. Now insurance companies are mandated by law to cover ABA therapy services for children with autism.
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Case Study

Tommy, 5 Years Old

Description: Limited skills, completely non-verbal. Doesn’t play. No eye contact. Self-injurious behavior. Not potty trained. Severe OCD and sensory issues.

ABA Techniques Used: Positive reinforcement, extinction, functional play, imitation, and manding.


  • Self-injurious behavior decreased from 80% of the day to 10%
  • Completely potty trained
  • Communicating with more words

ABA Therapy is Clinically Proven

Evidence has shown ABA therapy works.

Let us show you how it can work for you.

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How does Verbal Behavior (VB) Fit in with ABA Therapy?

Verbal Behavior Therapy is an ABA teaching method based on the theories of behaviorist B.F. Skinner that can help both young children beginning to learn language as well as older children with delayed or disordered language and skills. As with the VB approach, all skills are examined comprehensively to see if they are emerging evenly across all behavioral operants.

Verbal Behavior employs teaching strategies such as early mand traning, frequent opportunities to mand, "errorless teaching", and other strategies which minimizes frustration while learning.

The focus of VB therapy is to teach your child how to use language to make requests and communicated ideas. Our therapists provide immediate and high reinforcement - such as candy, bubbles, stickers or whatever the child likes - to support the immediate and frequent attempts that help improve your child's communication and skills. While edibles and toys are often used for early learners or difficult responses, these are faded to natural enforcers that should maintain the specific response. Our goal is to help your child and have fun in the process.

Verbal Behavior therapy motivates your child to learn language by connecting words with their purposes. A child learns that words can help obtain desired objects or other results.

A wonderful benefit of Verbal Behavior is that it can be used not only to strengthen verbal communication, but also improve non-verbal communication such as gestures, eye contact and pointing. AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) devices can be used with VB as well.

Plus, our therapists train parents and other caregivers to use the verbal-behavior principles introduced by your therapist throughout your child's daily life to help enhance and accelerate their progress.

When a child is non-communicative the child is frustrated because his needs aren't being met . The parent is also frustrated because he doesn't know what the child wants. Using Verbal Behavior, we've been able to alleviate this stress and sometimes witness dramatic results when a child goes from being completely non-communicative to clearly communicating his needs and wants.