Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions Answered

Not much is known about Applied Behavior Analysis and ABA therapy to those who are not in the field. A recent diagnosis of a child or loved one will come with an onslaught of questions and internet searches. We’ve compiled a few of the most common about ABA therapy in general and about treatment that is out there and that we offer here at at Spectrum. Our goal is to provide peace of mind during panic and perspective in uncertainty. If you are looking for services and have questions you don’t see here, please contact us. 

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Stereotypy

​​Stereotypy is repetitive visual, auditory, or physical behaviors. Stereotypy looks different in every child. Examples of physical stereotypy include rocking back and forth, flapping hands, jumping up and down, etc. Examples of visual stereotypy include looking closely at objects with the corner of the eye, squinting, etc. Examples of auditory stereotypy include humming or saying/repeating sounds/words/phrases out of context.

It should be noted that we all engage in some type of stereotypy. Hair twirling, tapping pens against the desk, or pacing anyone? At Spectrum, we understand that our clients may engage in stereotypical behaviors as a way to help them focus, express emotions, regulate their emotions, and reduce sensory input in their environment. We focus on teaching our clients to inhibit stereotypy when it gets in the way of learning or attending but also prioritize teaching replacement behaviors for stereotypy. 

SIB

Self-injurious Behaviors

Elopement

Running or attempting to leave the designated work area or an adult’s side

VB-MAPP

Verbal Behavior - Milestones Assessment and Placement Program

AAC

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

PECS

Picture Exchange Communication System