Evidence-based practice involves efforts at all levels of decision-making to use not only procedures with established clinically-support and research-based effectiveness but also consistently strive to make new practice-oriented discoveries through the ongoing collection of data through program evaluation. As such, evidence takes a central role in making decisions about client care.
What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has been cited as “best practice” in the treatment of many of the core features of autism by the US Surgeon General, the Centers for Disease Control, and the National Autism Center. Over the last 50 years, evidence has mounted that intensive ABA therapy has improved countless lives and often changed life trajectories. The application of evidence-based principles to ABA involves the delivery of ABA services based on 1) the best evidence on evidence-based behavioral interventions, 2) client and family goals, values and/or preferences, held together by clinical progress monitoring that implements treatment adjustments throughout therapy to reach the child’s maximum potential effectively and efficiently.
Canopy does not simply provide families with ABA services but strives to tailor and adjust evidence-based behavior interventions that best fit the immediate and long-term goals of the child. Although each child in reassessed formally every six months, our therapists strive to detect and problem-solve therapeutic measures that may not fit the child’s needs and make corrections and adjustments. This includes the electronic collection of data during each therapy session and constant evaluation of the data throughout the session to ensure the child is getting the most out of their therapy with each visit. Our therapists participate in continuing education to stay up-to-date on innovations in therapeutic research and apply these findings to best-practice models used in the clinic.