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Applied Behaviour Therapy (ABA)

At Mareas, we provide skill-building programs to children and youth with a variety of diagnoses to develop skills in the areas of communication, behaviour management, emotional regulation, social, interpersonal and daily living skills, through the use of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) strategies.

Our goal is to provide the skills, teaching environment and learning opportunities necessary to improve the quality of life for each of our clients. We offer both centre-based and home-based ABA therapy services taking a highly personalized approach, which adapts each child's program specifically to meet his or her own unique needs

What is Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)?

Applied behaviour analysis (ABA) is a way of changing behaviour and helping children to learn. The overall goal of ABA is then to increase the child’s functional behaviors and decrease the behaviors that occur in excess.

Of all the autism services available, ABA therapy is widely recognized as the single most effective treatment for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and the only treatment shown to lead to substantial, lasting improvements in the lives of individuals with autism.

Effective ABA programming blends discrete-trial procedures with a variety of other ABA methods, including child-initiated instructional sequences (known as incidental teaching procedures), task analysis and chaining to teach skills involving sequences of actions or steps, instructional trials embedding in ongoing activities, and other procedures. There is a heavy emphasis on making learning enjoyable and on engaging the learner in positive social interactions.

The principles of ABA can be applied in many areas of behaviour modification and for all ages to help in such areas:


  • Eye Contact &  Listening

  • Modeling desired Behaviours

  • Toileting & Self Care Skills

  • Reading

  • Conversing  

  • Understanding another person’s perspective

For youth and adults the ABA principle can be used for:

  • Developing Organizational Skills

  • Refining Interpersonal Skills and Relationships

  • Active Listening

  • Learning to engage appropriately and effectively with others

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