Evidence Based Behavioural Services

Clinicians and families work together to develop an understanding of each child’s/youth’s and family’s strengths, capacities, and need for behavioural services. Clinicians create a behaviour plan with an evidence-based approach to meet those needs.  Families receive services that actively engage them to acquire skills that support their child’s development.

Evidence-based behavioural services are delivered through a strengths based approach that empowers families to develop their skills and knowledge to address their own child and family’s needs as they arise. Services are delivered in a way that emphasizes and prioritizes the development, maintenance and generalization of functional skills, including those skills that prepare children/youth to more fully benefit from, and participate in, their communities.

Effective behaviour interventions for children and youth with ASD are based on the scientific learning theory principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).  ABA uses these principles to assess, understand, and teach behaviours that are important to individuals, their families, and their communities.

ABA is based on scientific research and direct observations and measurement in order to increase or decrease behaviours. ABA is used to teach skills across developmental domains, including but not limited to communication, social and adaptive skills, independence, and the treatment of challenging behaviour. An important feature of ABA is that the skills learned are maintained and generalized to other settings and with other people.

More information on evidence-based behavioural services can be found in the OAP Guidelines. More information on how clinical decisions are made in the OAP can be found in the OAP Clinical Framework

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