Many believe ABA therapy only works for children, but adults who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder can also benefit from ABA therapy. Of course, the goals being targeted in ABA for adults can differ from children.

For example, goals targeted in ABA for adults can include:

  • Living independently 
  • Finding/Maintaining employment
  • Life Skills
  • Budgeting
  • Appropriate interactions with employees
  • Setting Doctor appointments
  • Meeting new acquaintances 
  • Chores like cleaning the kitchen, taking the trash out, wiping down surfaces, and even using appropriate cleaning supplies. 

Goals targeted for children can include:

  • Fine motor skills
  • Toilet training
  • Attending
  • Functional play
  • Turn taking
  • Transition
  • Fine motor skills

Since every client is unique, some child target goals can work for adults as well. For example if your 21 year old is low functioning, targeting goals like attending or even functional play would be helpful. Again, it all depends on the client. Some clients can be 19 years old who do not like accepting no, and that is a goal that would be targeted. Some adults may not know their ABC’s or even counting 1-100 and those specific goals would be targeted. Every client is unique, and each intervention would be created for that specific client. It is great to know that ABA for adults can be extremely beneficial and that goals like writing a resume, and independently living is an option. Of course, once the assessment is completed by a qualified clinician, we would know exactly what goal to target whether it is ABA for a child or ABA for adults. It is never too late to benefit from ABA therapy. ABA provides so much exposure to new learning skills and the client would increase their capabilities with a structured ABA schedule. MyHHBS can answer all of your ABA questions, and our clinicians are always here to support and provide any information regarding your specific need!

Article Written By Maria Kakosimidi, M.S., Ph.D.
Maria Kakosimidi, M.S., Ph.D. is a Clinical Program Supervisor for our center-based location. Dr. Kakosimidi has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for the past 6 years. She started off as a Behavior Therapist for 4 years and then got promoted to Clinical Program Supervisor once she earned her master’s degree in ABA. Dr. Kakosimidi earned her bachelors and master’s degrees in ABA from Purdue University. She recently earned her second master’s in psychology along with a PhD. Her experience ranges from working in home and center settings. She has worked with individuals from 3-21 years of age. Dr. Kakosimidi is very passionate about her line of work. Dr. Kakosimidi is on her path to become a BCBA and Clinical Psychologist. Her passion comes from within, and is very excited to grow in the field of ABA and psychology. 

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