• What is ABA?

    Applied Behavioral Analysis in Nashville If you have a child who is on the autism spectrum, you are familiar with the range of challenges with everyday living and education that can arise. For decades, research has been ongoing to determine the safest and most effective treatments and interventions to help those living with autism. The gold standard for helping children on the autism spectrum is Applied Behavior Analysis therapy (ABA). JoyBridge Kids offers ABA therapy in an effective, [...]

  • How We “Do ABA” at JBK

    Author: Amber Music, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA Editor: Alyssa Palmer Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the most effective treatment for children with autism, as supported by decades of research. As with any science, the field is continually evolving. ABA constantly utilizes new research findings and seeks to learn from consumers of this field (i.e. individuals with autism). All interventions that fall under the ABA umbrella must adhere to specific principles and consist of evidence-based practices, as [...]

  • Functional Communication Training

    Author: Ellison Fox, RBT Reviewer: Amber Music, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA Editor: Alyssa Palmer Communication: the act or process of using words, sounds, signs, or behaviors to express or exchange information or to express your ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc. to someone else. When it comes to childhood development, being able to communicate is a key skill. Effective communication skills help children express their wants and needs clearly as well as convey their feelings in an [...]

  • Identifying the Function of Your Child’s Behavior: Automatic

    There can be multiple reasons for why a child may engage in problem behaviors. In ABA, the reason behind the behavior is also known as the “function”. By knowing the function, one can utilize strategies to prevent or act as a replacement for behaviors that may be considered socially inappropriate. Today we will be discussing one of the four functions of behavior “automatic”. What exactly is considered an “automatic” behavior? Automatic behaviors can include repetitive [...]