What is ABA?
ABA Applied Behavioral Analysis, is the application of behavioral principles, to everyday situations, that will, over time, increase or decrease a targeted behavior. ABA Therapy has been used to help children acquire many different skills, such as self-help, play, social and language skills. These principles 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.
If you do not have a prescription for ABA therapy, 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.
If ABA therapy was determined appropriate for your child, you will be provided access to a personal online portal. Here you will have the ability to complete an in-depth parent questionnaire including background information and your child’s developmental and medical history. You will have the opportunity to outline your main concerns and areas that you would like to see behavioral change. Your portal account will provide you the ability to complete requested information from the comfort of your personal computer 24 hours a day at your convenience.
The initial phase of therapy will be the assessment phase. This phase will vary in duration depending on your child’s needs and availability. If the primary treatment goals for your child include the assessment and treatment of problem behavior, this phase will consist of assessing the environmental conditions that evoke the problem behavior. Our Behavior Analyst will schedule an observation of your child. Information from the parent questionnaire and direct observations will help the Behavior Analyst determine which assessments to conduct. The Behavior Analyst will schedule assessments, based on your availability during convenient times to you and your family. The purpose of the skills assessment is to gather baseline information about your child’s language, daily living, social, academic, and play skills. This allows the therapist to see what skills are currently in your child’s repertoire and to begin planning treatment goals at a level that is appropriate for your child.
After assessments are complete, our Behavior Analyst will follow up with you to review findings and discuss preliminary treatment goals. During this appointment, the Behavior Analyst will 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 Behavior Analyst will meet with everyone involved in applying the behavior plan for your child. It should be noted that the treatment phase often lasts from several months to several years. A training schedule will be developed to ensure that all team members are fully prepared to carry out the treatment plan. Continued training will be provided by the Behavior Analyst to ensure program fidelity.
The ABA therapist will collect data on your child’s goals electronically via Catalyst (Catalyst is the industry flagship for electronic data collection and management.) The use of this technology enables our Board Certified Behavior Analyst to analyze and monitor your child’s progress and make modifications to the behavior plan remotely and on a frequent basis. This decreases the lag time of implementation between therapy sessions. As your child achieves new skills, additional goals will be added to his or her plan based on skill deficits. The BCBA will consult with parents regularly, either at the office or in your home. We will also coordinate parent training with the family.
Our highly skilled team of therapists provides an inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary team approach to working with families and their children with unique needs