Why Hold ABA Therapy for Adults at the Workplace?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is perceived to be applicable in treating only individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Unlike this common misconception, it is effective among neurotypicals too. ABA therapy is a technology behavioral therapy experts recommend for creating productive and positive environments be it at workplaces or even at homes. But more on the latter in another blog post.

With its focus on behavioral change, ABA is used by company management to promote a work environment that produces beneficial results for the employer and employee. Its principles and techniques are beneficial at the workplace, particularly in fostering a positive and productive environment. Read on to know seven ways in which ABA therapy cab bring changes in the workplace:

Individualized approach: ABA can be uniquely tailored to work to the strengths and problem areas of an individual. This helps the management recognize and reward those attributes that benefit the company while providing job satisfaction to the employee. Management and leadership styles are designed by assessing each person’s needs and providing individualized intervention.

Behavior analysis: Most employees struggle with time management and procrastination. ABA therapy gets to the root of what may be causing these behaviors, providing techniques that aid in task completion. Many problems are ironed out when ABA therapy is implemented at the workplace.

Performance improvement: ABA therapy recognizes areas that need improvement using methods backed by data. This is highly reliable when analyzing job performance. Using techniques in ABA therapy, experts can draw up goal-oriented interventions and track effectiveness over time.

Feedback & Reinforcement: The main thought process behind ABA therapy is that in order to encourage desired behaviors one uses positive reinforcement. Examples of this at the workplace include praise or compliments, acknowledgement and rewards so that employees across levels are motivated to perform at their best.

Social skills training: The workplace is an environment where a person’s social skills really come into play. Companies rope in ABA therapy experts to train employees in social skills so that there is improved communication and team work. Using ABA techniques at the workplace can keep an office free of a toxic work culture as employees will be taught to shift their focus to a larger goal while learning to identify where they need course correction.

Stress reduction: Most employees deal with unimaginable levels of anxiety and stress. ABA therapy has relaxation techniques and coping mechanisms that are very effective in a work environment which functions under high pressure. Exercising such techniques, employees are taught to manage their mental health and remain more resilient in challenging times.

Task analysis: Oftentimes, when employees are new at a workplace or there is a shift in workplace functioning, it can be overwhelming. ABA teaches employees to comprehend tasks by breaking them down into smaller components that can be managed in a practical way.

If you are an employer, approach experts in organizational behavior or ABA to tackle problems at the workplace. Be open to the fact that not all individuals respond the same way. The training ought to be carried out with diversity and inclusion in mind. Engage a professional center such as Autism Intervention Specialists Dubai to coach your team. As an employer, you will love the difference it brings to your company, and your team is going to grow into better individuals and professionals. With ABA therapy, it is always a win-win.

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Bahij Khouzami

M.Ed., BCBA, IBA | Founder

Bahij Khouzami is an expert in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) specializing in Autism. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and an International Behavior Analyst (IBA), Bahij is also a Professional Advisory Board Member of IBAO.
With a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, specializing in Autism from Cambridge College in Massachusetts, USA, Bahij has provided ABA services for schools, homes and clinics across Massachusetts, USA.
Highly skilled, Bahij has worked with multidisciplinary teams in clinical, home, nursery and school settings during his career in the United States and now in Dubai.
A passionate teacher, Bahij trains therapists, educators and parents. Through AIS, Bahij remains committed to making a positive impact in the lives of individuals with Autism.

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