Philosophy and Approach

The Virginia Institute of Autism envisions a world in which people overcome the challenges of autism.

VIA uses the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach meaningful skills to our learners. Research indicates that the use of ABA can produce robust and lasting change. We use ABA to teach communication, academic, leisure and life skills such as greetings, reading, following an exercise routine or cooking a meal. We use these same principles to teach adaptive skills and reduce challenging behavior so that our learners can participate fully in their communities.

ABA involves the use of objective data to make decisions and determine how well we are achieving goals. The data we collect tell us when a change in teaching needs to be made or when a learner is ready to move on to a more advanced skill. If data indicate that progress is not being made, VIA’s clinical team quickly makes changes to maximize each learner’s progress.

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