ABA stands for 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.
ABA is considered an evidenced-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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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