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Behaviour Therapy 

"Behavioral therapy is a term that describes a broad range of techniques used to change maladaptive behaviors. The goal is to reinforce desirable behaviors and eliminate unwanted ones. " - K. Cherry 2022

About Behaviour Therapy 

Behaviour therapy is based on principles of behaviourism which refers to how associations
and reinforcement shapes behaviour. Through reinforcing desired behaviours which replace
problematic behaviours, individuals are provided with an alternative way of communicating
their wants and needs and this is particularly used for aggression and emotion management
(Cherry, 2022).

Similarly, Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) refers to the similar method of learning
through teaching in a functional setting or natural environment… with the animals and land!
Through teaching functional skills in a natural, client-led setting, the individual can feel
relaxed whilst learning socially significant behavioural skills which are beneficial for
emotional regulation, sensory processing and improved cognitive skills to name a few,
facilitated by our beautiful four-legged friends. ABA focuses more on the relationship of the
individual’s setting and how each context (home, school/work life, etc.) plays a role on our
behaviour (Cherry, 2022). ABA is also both scientific and applied, therefore there is a focus
on the observable behaviours which are analysed to apply the required behavioural
techniques which bring about desired behavioural change (Cherry, 2022).

Behaviour therapy and ABA can help with:

- Individuals with ASD presenting challenging behaviours, sensory overload or
emotional dysregulation
- Individuals with Anxiety, Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Depression
- Individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Children struggling with toilet training
- Parent/Caregiver training and awareness
- Language & communication
- Emotional regulation
- Daily living skills and tasks (including dressing, hygiene, toileting and eating)
- Social skills and social appropriateness
- School readiness
- Fine & gross motor skills

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