Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the application of individualized behavior programs that help children to acquire and improve functional independent skills, increase good behavior, decrease and eliminate bad behavior and develop self-help skills, social skills and fundamental play skills. These evidenced based practices can help to decrease maladaptive behaviors such as aggression, self-stimulatory behaviors, and self-injurious behaviors (SIBs). ABA is beneficial to many children diagnosed with autism.
There are a lot of perceptions about what “ABA” is and many prepackaged plans that state that they provide a family with an ABA program. It is critical to remember that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to Applied Behavior Analysis. Every program will be individualized to your child’s special needs. The therapists at our autism therapy center provide data-driven assessments, procedures, and treatments that have been demonstrated by evidence-based research and accepted as best practice in the behavioral services industry. We provide evaluations, formulate a plan of care and give specific recommendations for socially significant lasting behavior change.
Step 1: Is ABA for MY family?
You will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns and determine if ABA therapy is appropriate for your child. Each treatment plan is specifically tailored to utilize your child’s strengths and target skill deficits. Progress and success occur more quickly when the family works collaboratively with our therapists.
Step 2: Getting Started
The process of getting ABA therapy for your child started involves the completion of documentation providing information about your child and family. You will have the opportunity to outline your main concerns, questions and goals as well as particular issues and areas that you would like to address.
Step 3: Create a data-based treatment plan individualized for your child
Your family will be introduced to one of our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) who will be the lead “coach” for your child’s team of therapists. The BCBA will talk and meet with you to discuss and schedule the initial observations and assessment of your child. This phase will vary in duration depending on your child’s needs and availability.
The purpose of the skills assessment is to gather baseline information about your child’s behavior, language, daily living, social, academic, functional, and play skills. After assessments are complete, our BCBA will follow up with you to review findings, discuss preliminary treatment goals, make a recommendation regarding where therapy should take place and the number of hours of therapy that would be appropriate to work on treatment goals. The BCBA will then create a personalized treatment plan for your child and seek authorization from your insurance company to begin services.
Step 4: Implementation of Treatment Plan
The BCBA will guide, supervise and oversee all behavior therapists who will be involved in the implementation of your child’s behavior plan. The behavior therapists will electronically collect data throughout each therapy session to enable the BCBA to continuously analyze and monitor your child’s progress and make modifications, as needed. As your child achieves new skills, additional goals will be added to his or her plan. The BCBA will regularly supervise the behavior therapists as well as consult with caregivers to ensure the most effective and successful results.