Pediatric ABA Therapy Services in North Carolina
If you are looking for ABA therapy in North Carolina for your child aged birth to 21, Effective Interventions is here to help. We are a leading provider of ABA services for children and their families throughout the state.
Our goal is to help children with ASD effectively learn new skills in a welcoming environment that emulates play. Our services decrease challenging behaviors and improve beneficial ones, including communication, social and emotional and daily living skills.
What is ABA?
ABA is Applied Behavior Analysis. ABA is a scientific problem-solving approach that uses principles and techniques derived from behavior analysis to change socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree. ABA is most commonly known as a therapeutic intervention for individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
This includes careful and individual programming, data collection, and monitoring to determine if skills are being used outside of the therapy setting. The main components in an ABA program is gaining control over any challenging behavior and increasing new skills using specific evidence-based strategies.
What’s the evidence?
ABA is considered an evidence-based best practice treatment from thousands of research studies, the US Surgeon General, and the American Psychological Association. ABA includes many techniques, all of which have passed scientific test showing the effectiveness and quality.
Research studies have documented the effectiveness of ABA across populations (children, adults, individuals with Autism), settings (home, school, hospital, business), providers (staff, parents, teachers), and behaviors.
Who provides ABA?
Individuals that provide ABA services include Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT).
A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), provides the assessment, goal planning, parent training, and treatment procedures. BCBA’s have earned a master’s degree or PhD in behavior analysis and passed a national certification exam. In North Carolina, BCBA’s are overseen by a Licensed Psychology Associate or Psychologist.
Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) are paraprofessionals who are certified in behavior analysis through training and a national exam. RBTs are supervised by the BCBA and work directly with the client. They assist in delivering the behavior analysis services outlined by the BCBA.
Benefits of ABA Therapy
ABA therapy offers numerous benefits for children and their families. Several advantages of ABA therapy include:
- Parent and caregiver education: ABA is for the recipient and their family members. Our team meets with you to discuss treatment plans and goals, and we also provide training to help with skill transfer.
- Child encouragement: Our services let your child gain new skills that can help them reach their full potential. We want to help your children live happier lives with communication, self-regulation and social skills.
- Independence fostering service: As your child gains more skills, they will learn to lead a more independent life using their problem-solving and communication abilities.
These are some more prominent examples of ABA therapy benefits — numerous others exist. Schedule ABA therapy for your child to learn more.
How do we start?
Our services begin with an intake questionnaire where you discuss primary concerns for your child. The next step is a formal behavior assessment/evaluation which will be conducted with your child and a treatment plan designed with the family. This will include identifying your child’s strengths, preferences, and other specific skill deficits or needs. Each program is customized to each child, and will also include family goals and priorities. Once the plan is complete, authorization from your insurance provider must be obtained prior to treatment beginning.
What’s the cost?
ABA services are covered by most insurance providers if an autism diagnosis has been received, and in some cases when other diagnosis are in place. During the intake process, you will provide proof of insurance, a diagnosis of ASD, and a prescription for ABA Therapy services.
We currently accept Cigna, TRICARE, BCBS, United Healthcare, First Carolina Care, and private pay is possible if not covered by insurance.
Contact us to see what your plan’s benefits are and how we can help you receive services.
What’s a typical session?
There are no “typical” sessions! Every child is different and the ways and environments in which they need to obtain skills will be different too! Our clients may receive a “comprehensive plan” or a “focused plan.” Comprehensive plans include working on increasing a variety of skills across different categories (and possibly reduction of problem behavior) and usually consist of 20 hours or more per week. Focused programs involve less hours (6-15) and are focused on behaviors or skills that require intensive teaching in specific areas. A session will most likely include Natural Environment Teaching (NET) and Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT) and will take place in the location where your child can utilize these skills best.
Interested in Learning More?
At Effective Interventions, we use a one-to-one, hands-on approach for ABA therapy. We customize plans for each child because we know everyone deserves personalization to achieve their goals. Our practitioners are prepared to help your child attain new skills that can benefit them for years.