ABA Kids Program

The Children’s Clinic

What Is ABA?


What exactly is ABA and how can it help my child?

Skills Taught

What skills will my child be learning during ABA therapy?


What are some of the specific benefits of ABA therapy?


Can you provide some treatment examples of what my child will be exposed to?

ABA Overview

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific discipline focused on understanding and improving human behavior. It is widely used to support individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental conditions. ABA involves applying principles of learning theory to bring about meaningful and positive changes in behavior.

ABA Therapy is the application of ABA principles to improve socially significant behaviors in individuals, particularly those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental conditions. The therapy is highly individualized, focusing on each child’s specific needs and goals.


We do not provide in-home ABL services for kids.

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Skills Taught

During our (ABA) sessions, a variety of essential skills are taught to help children navigate their environments more effectively and independently. These skills are typically tailored to each child’s individual needs and developmental level.

Communication Skills

  • Verbal Communication: Teaching children to use words and sentences to express their needs, desires, and feelings.
  • Non-Verbal Communication: Using gestures, facial expressions, and body language to communicate.
  • Functional Communication Training (FCT): Replacing challenging behaviors with more appropriate forms of communication.

Social Skills

  • Social Interaction: Engaging with peers and adults in appropriate ways, including taking turns, sharing, and initiating conversations.
  • Understanding Social Cues: Recognizing and interpreting facial expressions, tone of voice, and other social signals.
  • Play Skills: Learning to play cooperatively with others, both in structured and unstructured settings.

Daily Living Skills

  • Self-Care: Personal hygiene routines such as brushing teeth, washing hands, and dressing.
  • Household Chores: Basic tasks like setting the table, cleaning up toys, and helping with laundry.
  • Safety Skills: Understanding and following safety rules at home and in the community.

Academic Skills

  • Pre-Academic Skills: Basic concepts such as colors, shapes, numbers, and letters.
  • Reading and Writing: Recognizing words, reading simple sentences, and writing basic words or sentences.
  • Mathematics: Counting, simple addition and subtraction, and recognizing patterns.

Cognitive Skills

  • Problem-Solving: Developing strategies to solve everyday problems.
  • Memory: Enhancing short-term and long-term memory skills.
  • Attention: Improving focus and the ability to attend to tasks for longer periods.

Motor Skills

  • Fine Motor Skills: Activities that involve hand-eye coordination, such as drawing, cutting with scissors, and buttoning clothes.
  • Gross Motor Skills: Larger movements like running, jumping, and climbing.

Behavior Management Skills

  • Self-Regulation: Learning to manage emotions and behaviors in various situations.
  • Following Instructions: Understanding and complying with verbal and non-verbal directions from adults and peers.
  • Reducing Challenging Behaviors: Identifying triggers for challenging behaviors and developing strategies to reduce them.

Independent Living Skills

  • Time Management: Understanding concepts of time and following a schedule.
  • Money Management: Basic skills related to handling money, such as recognizing coins and bills, and making simple purchases.
  • Transportation Skills: Understanding how to use public transportation and navigate community settings safely.

By teaching these skills, ABA therapy aims to empower children to achieve greater independence and improve their overall quality of life.

ABA Benefits

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy offers numerous benefits, particularly for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental conditions.

Improved Communication Skills

  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication: ABA helps children develop both verbal and non-verbal communication skills, enabling them to express their needs, desires, and emotions more effectively.
  • Functional Communication: Enhances the ability to use communication in practical, everyday situations.

Enhanced Social Skills

  • Interaction with Peers and Adults: ABA teaches children how to engage in appropriate social interactions, including initiating conversations, taking turns, and sharing.
  • Understanding Social Cues: Helps children recognize and interpret social signals such as facial expressions and body language.

Increased Independence

  • Daily Living Skills: ABA focuses on teaching essential self-care and daily living skills, such as dressing, grooming, and household chores.
  • Independent Functioning: Promotes autonomy by equipping children with the skills needed to perform tasks independently.

Behavioral Improvement

  • Reduction of Challenging Behaviors: ABA techniques can effectively reduce problematic behaviors such as aggression, self-injury, and tantrums by identifying triggers and implementing alternative behaviors.
  • Behavioral Regulation: Helps children learn to manage their behaviors and emotions in various situations.

Academic Success

  • Pre-Academic and Academic Skills: ABA supports the development of foundational academic skills, including literacy and numeracy, which are critical for school success.
  • Learning Strategies: Provides children with strategies to improve attention, memory, and problem-solving skills, facilitating better learning outcomes.

Enhanced Cognitive Skills

  • Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking: ABA promotes cognitive development by teaching children how to approach and solve problems effectively.
  • Memory and Attention: Improves both short-term and long-term memory, as well as the ability to focus on tasks.

Improved Motor Skills

  • Fine Motor Skills: Activities such as drawing, cutting, and writing help improve hand-eye coordination and dexterity.
  • Gross Motor Skills: Exercises and activities that involve larger movements enhance overall physical coordination and strength.

Greater Family Involvement

  • Parental Training: ABA therapy often involves training parents and caregivers, enabling them to support their child’s development and manage behaviors effectively at home.
  • Consistent Support: Engages families in the therapy process, ensuring consistent reinforcement of skills across different environments.

Customized, Evidence-Based Approach

  • Individualized Treatment Plans: ABA therapy is tailored to each child’s unique needs, strengths, and challenges, ensuring personalized and effective interventions.
  • Data-Driven Decisions: Continuous data collection and analysis allow for the adjustment of strategies to maximize progress and outcomes.

Long-Term Positive Outcomes

  • Skill Generalization: Ensures that learned skills are transferred and maintained across different settings and over time.
  • Quality of Life: Ultimately, ABA therapy aims to improve the overall quality of life for children by helping them achieve greater independence, social integration, and academic success.

By focusing on these areas, ABA therapy provides children with the tools they need to thrive in their daily lives and reach their full potential.

Treatment Examples

At GBL, we employ various treatment methods tailored to each child’s unique needs. Here are some common treatment examples:

Discrete Trial Training (DTT)

  • Description: A structured method where skills are broken down into small, teachable components. Each trial consists of a clear beginning, middle, and end.
  • Example: Teaching a child to identify colors by showing them a red object and asking, “What color is this?” Reinforcement is provided for correct responses.

Natural Environment Teaching (NET)

  • Description: Skills are taught in the natural context where they would typically occur, using the child’s interests to guide instruction.
  • Example: Teaching a child to request a toy during playtime by prompting them to ask, “Can I have the ball?”

Pivotal Response Training (PRT)

  • Description: Focuses on key areas (pivotal behaviors) that will lead to improvements across a wide range of skills.
  • Example: Enhancing motivation by offering choices during activities, thereby increasing engagement and learning.

Verbal Behavior (VB) Therapy

  • Description: Emphasizes teaching communication using the principles of behavior analysis. Focuses on functional language use.
  • Example: Teaching a child to use “manding” (requesting) by prompting them to ask for their favorite snack when they are hungry.

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

  • Description: A communication system using pictures to help non-verbal children communicate.
  • Example: Teaching a child to exchange a picture of a desired item (e.g., a picture of an apple) to request that item from a caregiver.

Social Skills Training

  • Description: Uses role-playing and direct instruction to teach appropriate social interactions.
  • Example: Practicing greeting peers by saying “hello” and making eye contact during a structured playdate.

Task Analysis

  • Description: Breaking down complex tasks into smaller, manageable steps and teaching each step individually.
  • Example: Teaching handwashing by breaking it down into steps: turning on the water, wetting hands, applying soap, scrubbing, rinsing, and drying hands.

Functional Communication Training (FCT)

  • Description: Replaces challenging behaviors with more appropriate forms of communication.
  • Example: Teaching a child to use a gesture or sign to request a break instead of engaging in tantrums when they feel overwhelmed.

Reinforcement Systems

  • Description: Using positive reinforcement to increase desired behaviors.
  • Example: Providing a sticker or token each time a child completes a task, which can later be exchanged for a larger reward.

Incidental Teaching

  • Description: Teaching opportunities that arise naturally in the child’s environment, capitalizing on their interests and motivations.
  • Example: During snack time, using the opportunity to teach counting by counting pieces of fruit together.

Self-Management Training

  • Description: Teaching children to monitor and manage their own behaviors.
  • Example: Using a visual schedule to help a child follow daily routines independently.

Visual Supports

  • Description: Utilizing visual aids to support understanding and communication.
  • Example: Using a visual schedule to outline the day’s activities, helping a child transition between tasks more smoothly.

Behavioral Interventions

  • Description: Strategies to reduce challenging behaviors and promote positive behaviors.
  • Example: Implementing a behavior intervention plan (BIP) that includes specific interventions like ignoring attention-seeking behaviors and reinforcing alternative behaviors.

These treatment examples demonstrate the diverse range of strategies ABA therapy employs to address various developmental and behavioral needs, fostering skill acquisition and promoting independence.

Office Hours, Location and Tours

Hours and Days:

  • Monday-Friday: 9am-7pm
  • Saturdays: 10am-3pm

Accepting all MCO’s and Medicaid

 856-831-6646 Owner/BCBA & ABA Kids Clinic

Address: 3251 Fox Street Unit 104 Philadelphia PA 19140

This is the only location currently – Details for the NJ location will be announced when they are finalized.

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