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Autism Sepctrum Disorder, ABA Services
Autism Sepctrum Disorder, ABA Services
Autism Sepctrum Disorder, ABA Services
Autism Sepctrum Disorder, ABA Services
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What is ABA therapy?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy uses the scientific principles of learning and motivation in order to effectively teach.  

It focuses on the idea that the consequences of what we do affect what we learn and what we will do in the future.

ABA seeks to improve specific behaviors while demonstrating a reliable relationship between the procedures used and the change in the individual's behavior.

ABA uses positive reinforcement to increase more positive behaviors & social interaction and decreases inappropriate behaviors. 

ABA is implemented to ensure that each individual's programs are tailored to that individual's unique needs.

Who can provide ABA therapy?

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA):  A BCBA is a Masters level, licensed, and board-certified person who will oversee your child's ABA therapy as a whole.  The BCBA develops treatment plans, works with therapists, parents, and the entire team to ensure your child is reaching their maximum potential.

BCBAs train and supervise other team members (Behavior Technicians & Registered Behavior Technicians) on programs, and they monitor the data to ensure your child is making progress.

Behavior Technician (BT/RBT):  A BT works under the supervision of a BCBA to help in ABA therapy.  BTs have a significant role in implementing treatment goals with clients during ABA sessions.  A major role of the BT is data collection.  Data helps track and measure the progress of your child.  BTs work with your child, most often one-on-one, to help support them to develop and increase socially significant behaviors.

Is ABA covered by insurance?

Most insurance plans cover all or most of ABA therapy.  Contact your insurance provider to inquire about coverage, copays, coinsurance, and deductibles.


How often should ABA be done and when?

ABA therapy consists of intensive programming that is tailored to the individual's needs.  Depending on an individual's skill level, as well as the range and level of the diagnosis, the frequency of ABA therapy will vary.  

The amount of therapy and services needed should be determined by a qualified professional (i.e., BCBA), but the expected range of hours is typically 10-20 hours per week.  The recommended number of hours may decrease or increase over time depending on progress.  Many patients will receive ABA services for 1-3 years before being discharged.  

The earlier an individual receives ABA therapy the better.  No one is too young or old to receive therapy.  Ask your healthcare professional about ABA therapy as soon as a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has been given.

Where is ABA performed?

ABA therapy generally takes place in a clinic-based setting or at home.  Both environments have their benefits, and your child's treatment plan may incorporate different environments based on their needs.

Other environments may include community, camp, or other social programs.  Your child's school may also provide ABA therapy.

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