(425) 558-0558

schedule@sandboxtherapy.com, billing@sandboxtherapy.com

Follow Us On

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy

Most people that have heard of ABA therapy have strong opinions either for or against it. ABA therapy is like any other therapy or profession – fidelity in delivery is reliant upon the provider and appropriateness of the treatment for the patient. We have observed ABA therapy being delivered poorly and amazingly, just the same as we have visited poor fits of doctors and wonderful ones, and miserable grocery clerks as well as helpful ones. It is important to be cautious in casting gross overgeneralizations in one direction, and instead focus on intentionality in vetting what you are seeking care for yourself and/or anyone in your family/friend circle, and keep the person receiving care at the forefront of any decision making.

Now that that is out of the way, at Sandbox Therapy Group we are more than likely going to be completely different from most of the ABA therapy you are familiar with or have received. That is because our providers possess a masters and/or doctoral level of training in the field of psychology, the very field that ABA therapy was born in. Our approach heavily follows Clinical Behavior Analysis, which is a fancy way of saying we prioritize thoughts and feelings (i.e., mental health), and use that as our lens for understanding the function of outward and more subtle (or hidden) behaviors. The goal of our therapy is two-fold: we do not want to treat you forever (i.e., we promote independence and teach skills that allow for goal attainment outside of therapy at a pace that works for the individual) as well as ensure our care is carefully and collaboratively tailored to match the current and future needs of the patient (and their system – family, therapists, schools, etc.).

Our ABA therapy also does not have an age ceiling – we provide ABA therapy to toddlers through adults. Most of our patients end up graduating ABA therapy within 3-6 months of consistent therapy, and then taper a few times a month, to monthly, and then as-needed “tune-ups” as well as social/group skill therapies. And many patients end up coming back years later, as they are ready to enter college or the work-force and are needing to re-orient their skill sets and/or may need support in their given vocations or classroom settings. ABA therapy can feel like a gigantic commitment, and it is! If you are feeling overwhelmed by starting it, have questions about what it may look like, or are on the fence about it, please reach out so we can help demystify what we are able to and hopefully help provide some information and resources to see what next steps may help the current differences in daily life you are hoping to change for the betterment of your quality of life!