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What is ABA?

Applied Behavior Analysis is a scientific approach in which the principles of the analysis of  behavior are applied systematically to improve significant behavior and is used to identify the variables responsible for the change in behavior.  In other words, ABA takes the principles of behavior and uses it to bring about positive change (Applied); ABA defines behaviors in observable and measurable terms in order to assess change and define progress (Behavior); and ABA analyzes the behavior to determine what factors are influencing the behavior (Analysis).  Emphasis is placed on reducing behaviors that are harmful or that interfere with learning while introducing and strengthening deficient skills by breaking them down into small easy to learn steps and building them systematically through repetition and positive reinforcement.

Please clink on the following link for a short 3 minute video on "What is ABA?" http://https//www.relias.com/resource/what-is-aba

We believe ABA is a remarkable therapy that has provided numerous children with a more independent and brighter future.  

                          

Getting Started...

If you are interested in your child receiving ABA therapy please complete and submit our Preliminary Information Form.  From this form we will be able to check your health insurance for coverage of ABA therapy.  We can typically provide you with the eligibility and benefits we were verbally quoted by your insurance company via email within five business days.

After we have provided you with the initial insurance information and you would like to proceed we will send you a New Client Application Packet.  Once we receive the completed Packet along with the requested paperwork such as the Diagnostic Assessment Report, videos and a prescription from your child's physician we can schedule and conduct the Initial Parent Consultation and Behavior Observation which will take approximately a hour and a half. 

The Parent Consultation will provide you with the opportunity to meet our staff, see our facility, become acquainted with ABA and collectively go over the Intake Information while discussing concerns, accomplishments and struggles your child is experiencing.  After the consultation and observation the BCBA will determine whether or not your child meets our current criteria, our availability and if we are able to accommodate your child's schedule. If we do not have immediate availability your child may be placed on a temporary waiting list.

If you do not have insurance open enrollment for a child only policy, begins November 1st and stays open until December 15th. 

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What to expect...

From the Initial Parent Consultation and the Initial Assessment the BCBA will complete a Treatment Plan or if insurance allows wait until we have completed the entire assessment which may take up to 30 hours for a child with a great deal of skills. Until the assessment is completed we combine it with therapy so it may take several weeks to a couple of months to complete depending upon the child and the hours they attend therapy.

This is a short 3 1/2 minute video on the VB MAPP https://www.relias.com/resource/vb-mapp   

Depending upon the skill level determined from the assessment therapy is typically divided between the table which is called Intensive Teaching (IT).  For beginners the time spent in IT is approximately 10 minutes per hour and the rest of the time is spent in the Natural Environment (NET).   

  • Intensive Teaching (IT) may include such skills as receptive and expressive language, matching, sorting, common fill in answers to questions and peer and adult imitations.  IT teaches new skills while helping your child retain the skills they have mastered by reviewing them systematically at a ratio of 80/20.  Mastered skills for your child would be at a 80% level while new skills are introduced at a 20% level.   By reviewing mastered skills frequently it not only helps your child retain what he has learned, it also gives your child numerous opportunities to be successful and not feel overwhelmed with too many new targets being introduced.   
  • Therapy is also provided in the Natural Environment (NET), which is learning through play.  To motivate learning we have a jump castle, an indoor swings, a ball pit, a crash mat, board scooters and numerous toys to engage your child.  Some may call our natural environment Play Based Therapy and to a point it is--but it is really so much more than that!  It looks like play and it is important your child is having fun but even in NET we are continually tracking progress and working on specific goals!  We provide 1:1 therapy for your child often involving several different therapists to promote generalization.  

Each day a Daily Data Sheet or a Data Report (assessment) provides specific goals that are taken directly from your child's ITP.  During therapy data is continually being collected and recorded to make sure your child is making progress.  This allows us to analyze the data and to make changes if necessary so your child can continually make progress. 

Parent

Parent's have a responsibility to be involved and to help families with this we offer online courses, personal video clips, hands on training and consultations with a BCBA.  

Parents may also wish to take full advantage of "homework" opportunities by speaking with the Registered Behavior Technician at the end of a session or contacting the BCBA and scheduling a meeting to go over the homework opportunities.  The NET homework is great way to become involved in your child's therapy while creating a fun relationship since it is less structured and intensive than IT sessions making it easy to find moments throughout the day to reinforce skills with your child.  The BCBA can give you specific directions so that you can make this time fun--and not work!  It is important that you make sure that you are not unintentionally reinforcing unwanted behavior.


PRINCIPLES OF ABA

A short 7 minute video on building language  https://www.relias.com/resource/understanding-verbal-operants

Webinar for Parents in developing clear expectations http://https//www.relias.com/resource/sanity-saving-strategies-for-parents