One-on-One Therapy

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to support children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). At MASC, we use the principles of ABA to increase wanted behaviors and reduce unwanted behaviors in children with ASD. Understanding and using ABA strategies can improve the quality of life for both the child and their family.

What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Applied Behavior Analysis is a scientific approach that focuses on understanding behavior, changing the thing or event that existed before the behavior, and providing consequences to change behavior. At MASC we focus on reinforcement to increase desired behaviors and decrease unwanted behaviors.

How ABA Helps Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Children with ASD often demonstrate challenging behaviors that can interfere with learning, social interactions, and daily functioning. ABA provides structured and individualized interventions to address these behaviors. Here are some ways ABA can help children with ASD:

  • Targeted Intervention – ABA programs are tailored to meet the specific needs of each child. Behavior analysts conduct detailed assessments to identify the child’s strengths, challenges, and goals which guide creating personalized intervention plans.
  • Promoting Skill Acquisition – ABA utilizes precise teaching methods to help children gain new skills and use them across a variety of environments and people. These skills include but are not limited to communication, social interaction, functional living, and academics.
  • Behavior Modification – ABA employs proven strategies to change challenging behaviors commonly seen in children with ASD, such as tantrums, aggression, self-injury, and repetitive behaviors. By identifying the underlying causes and using targeted interventions, MASC aims to reduce or eliminate these behaviors over time.
  • Reinforcement – ABA emphasizes the use of reinforcement to increase desired behaviors. Children receive praise, rewards, preferred activities and items, and time away from work when they engage in wanted behaviors. This will increase the likelihood of those behaviors happening again in the future.
  • Data-Driven Approach – ABA uses data collection and analysis to monitor progress and make informed decisions about intervention strategies. Behavior analysts always evaluate how well the interventions are working and make adjustments as needed to ensure success.

At MASC, we are committed to providing high-quality ABA services that meet the unique needs of children with autism and their families. Our team of experienced behavior analysts and technicians work collaboratively to design and implement individualized intervention plans.

If you need help in supporting your child with autism spectrum disorder, consider the benefits of Applied Behavior Analysis. Contact us to learn more about our programs and how we can help your child reach their full potential.

One on one therapy with applied behavior analysis for children with autism spectrum disorder

Get in Touch


Would you like to schedule a visit?
Please let us know what's on your mind. Have a question for us? Ask away.

Services We Offer

Here are some of the ways we help make a difference for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Hampton Roads Area.

One-on-One Therapy

Using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to increase wanted behavior and decrease unwanted behavior.

Individualized Programming

Custom programming to meet each child's individual needs.

Social Skills Groups

Facilitating appropriate interactions with peers and building meaningful friendships during their time here.


Providing free training on autism, the science of behavior, and the special education system in Virginia.

School Observations

Working with school staff to support our clients.

Clinical Consultations

Helping families and professionals understand the specifics of our clients.

Special Education Advocacy

Giving our clients the benefit of 20 years of experience navigating special education in Virginia.

Individualized Education Program Development

Reviewing documents to ensure the specialized instruction provides the free, appropriate public education the student is entitled to.

Resource and Referral Services

Serving as leaders in the autism community and working with local, state, and federal partners to support families.