Most frequent questions and answers
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an “effective” and evidenced based treatment or therapy that focuses on improving specific behaviors such as social skills, communication, academics, hygiene, job competence and more while working to decrease problem behaviors.
The technical definition: ABA is a scientific approach for discovering environmental variables that reliably influence socially significant behavior and for developing a technology of behavior change that is applicable and practical.
ABA is based in cause and effect.
Cooper, John O., Heron, Timothy E. Heward, William L., (2014) Applied behavior analysis/Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson/Merrill-Prentice Hall.
Applied Behavior Analysis is used to increase language, communication skills, improve attention, focus, social skills, memory and academics as well as to decrease problem behaviors.
Common treatments used in Applied Behavior Analysis are discrete trial training (does not have to be at a table), natural environment training, modeling, verbal communication programs, and reinforcement systems.
We provide intensive treatment which means that the longer your child stays with us, the more progress you will see. Our programs are most helpful to parents due to the set schedules that allow your child to stay on track. Our programs are individualized and designed with flexibility. Parents have the options of choosing from full days, half days, or after school hours depending on the program chosen. For more information, please visit our programs page.
Complete the “Contact Us” form and submit. Once we receive your form, a staff member will reach out to you to answer your questions, gather more information, and complete the enrollment process.
Submit required documents. You must provide a prescription for applied behavior analysis (ABA) from a medical doctor along with a diagnosis for the individual and a copy of the front and back of your insurance card(s).
Once all documents have been received, benefits will be verified. Your insurance provider could take up to 14 days to approve the services for the assessment.
After we receive approval for the assessment, a staff member will contact you to schedule a first meeting with you and your child to start the assessment process. Our assessment is conducted in two parts: indirect (gathering information via documents, questionnaires, and interviews) and direct (in person observations at our clinic). Once the assessment is completed, it will be submitted to your insurance provider along with our recommendations for treatment. After we receive approval for treatment, a date will be scheduled for behavior treatment plan training and the first day of treatment.
Be prepared to answer questions regarding your child. This meeting (the assessment) will help us to better understand your concerns and will allow us an opportunity to get to know your child better. It usually lasts from 1 to 3 hours and can be done virtually.