Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) are effective methods of interventional therapy that improve behaviors, while guiding your loved one in learning applicable skills that increase their progress based on their individual needs. ABA is the detailed implementation of the science involving observations, data compilation and analysis to provide the best solutions for behavioral disorders. Each case is serviced, supervised and monitored by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). We have the ability to collaborate with other providers such as schools, Speech Language therapists and Occupational therapists to create a suitable plan to encompass each individual’s needs for improvement.
- Initial Assessment: Completing the intake requires the current ASD diagnosis and the ABA prescription. The BCBA receives an insurance authorization to carry out a face-to-face assessment. Once completed, the BCBA will strategically develop a personally tailored BSP (Behavior Support Plan), according to the hours approved by the insurance and/or that have been agreed upon via the effective service agreement that has been signed by all parties.
- Direct Therapy: For the best interest of the child, all behavioral intervention therapy should involve the presence and participation of the parents and/or immediate household family member, to aim for success. All skills learned in therapy shall be a constant practice, thereafter. The BCBA will also join therapy sessions for the purposes of supervising and monitoring the case on a weekly basis.
- BSP: When the BSP (Behavioral Support Plan) takes effect, the services will be conducted by an RBT (Registered Behavioral Technician) and the BCBA (Behavioral Analyst) assigned to the case. Therapy sessions will take place at home or at the school. The RBT will provide daily therapy sessions and the BCBA will conduct his/her supervision and monitoring weekly. Within 6 months, a detailed reassessment will be required and the BSP will be adjusted. The modified BSP will be submitted to your insurance for another approval in efforts to gain additional therapy sessions.
- Therapy Graduation: Our main goal is to improve behavioral skills by using interventional therapy that will ultimately improve behaviors by teaching applicable skills, according to their individual needs, which will help gain the progress desired using short and intermediate goals. For additional information about Behavior Analyst professionals, please visit the Behavior Analyst Certification Board site.
Behavior Analysis services are billed via insurance companies and/or directly to the funding source that provides payment for services. Shall you be responsible for a specific amount, such as a copay, it will be billed directly to you. If you are unaware of your current benefits, please contact your insurance provider for details. Private pay cases will initially be provided an agreement for services, which includes the provider’s credentials and appropriate rates prior to any services being rendered. The agreement is required to be signed by the parent/guardian and/or the court appointed individual that’s of legal age prior to any initial therapy scheduling to take place for the first session.
Where are ABA services provided?
ABA services are provided in homes, schools and in the community.
How common is Autism Spectrum Disorder in the U.S.?
Statistics state that 1 in 54 children in the United States receives a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Boys have a 24% higher risk of being autistic, than girls.
How can I start with Spectrum Therapy Care to acquire ABA services for my child?
First step is to acquire the diagnosis from a medical provider and provide our office with the supporting documentation and the prescription for ABA services. We will handle the rest.
If I suspect my child has autism, what should I do?
Children who are diagnosed with autism, as early as 18 months old, have better outcomes. Shall you have a concern, contact your (PCP) immediately.
Does autism need required treatment?
Current tests reflect primary symptoms of ASD that are minor to severe. According to severity, a referral may be provided for Applied Behavior Analysis therapy to treat current symptoms.
Are Autism and the IQ related somehow?
Autism diagnosed individuals are not all intellectually disabled. About 44% with ASD have average to high IQ ranges.
What causes autism?
Research has demonstrated that genetics is linked to autism, although not exclusively. ASD has also been likely in children born to parents older than 35 and within siblings, specifically twins.
Does ABA therapy cause impairments or progressive trauma?
The main goal for an individual that undergoes ABA therapy sessions is to improve their quality of life and their families. ABA therapy’s objective is to improve behaviors with strategic techniques and positive reinforcement. If you have any concerns with the services you are receiving, please communicate them directly with the BCBA. If no corrective action is taken, please contact your PCP.
What legal laws provide support to the autism community?
There are federal and state laws that mandate coverage for therapy for individuals with ASD.
Should I consider any additional types of therapies for my child?
Your main priority is to follow your doctor’s recommendations regarding any kind of treatment they suggest. ABA is proven to treat ASD symptoms. Other therapies such as, Speech Language Pathology (SLP) and Occupational therapy (OT) can also help.
What can cure autism?
Despite the research, there are several “treatments” for autism, such as, dolphin therapy, facilitated communication, educational kinesiology, dietary restrictions and hydrotherapy. These kinds of treatments may provide more negative outcomes, rather than positive ones.
How can I determine if Applied Behavior Analysis is suitable for my child?
A Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) conducts a detailed evaluation, which includes questionnaires with parents/guardians and other professionals. This evaluation may take as long as 4-8 hours and/or can last upto several days, including multiple kinds of environments.