Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is a highly effective form of therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. ABA therapy can be customized to meet the specific needs of each child, and there are several types of ABA therapy available. 

Here are some of the most common types of ABA therapy and how to determine which one is right for your child:


  1. Discrete Trial Training (DTT): DTT is a structured, one-on-one form of ABA therapy that breaks down skills into small, manageable steps. It uses repetition and positive reinforcement to teach new skills and behaviors.
  2. Naturalistic Teaching: Naturalistic teaching is a more flexible and child-directed approach to ABA therapy. It focuses on using everyday situations and activities to teach new skills and behaviors, rather than relying on structured sessions.
  3. Pivotal Response Training (PRT): PRT is a more naturalistic form of ABA therapy that focuses on teaching skills that are considered “pivotal” to a child’s overall development, such as motivation, social initiations, and self-management.
  4. Verbal Behavior Therapy: Verbal Behavior Therapy focuses specifically on developing language and communication skills. It uses positive reinforcement and shaping to teach children to communicate their wants and needs effectively.

To determine which type of ABA therapy is right for your child, it’s important to work closely with your child’s therapist to identify your child’s strengths and challenges. Based on this information, the therapist can develop a customized treatment plan that incorporates one or more types of ABA therapy. It’s also important to consider your child’s personality, preferences, and learning style when choosing a type of ABA therapy.

There are several types of ABA therapy available, each with its own strengths and benefits. 

At The Cardinal Center, our clinicians use a comprehensive approach to each child’s program, often including techniques from each type of ABA to make the most well-rounded therapy experience for your child.