What to Expect
In-home ABA most often begins with an autism diagnosis, though some other diagnoses may trigger qualification for ABA services (depending upon insurance provider coverage). The BCBA will conduct an Initial Assessment which requires attendance of both the client and a caregiver.
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The BCBA will then develop a preliminary treatment plan and submit it to the child’s medical insurance for approval of services. Once an insurance authorization is obtained (typically for a six-month period), the BCBA will review the Treatment Plan with parents/caregivers. A schedule for sessions is determined, typically comprising 10-40 hours/week. Introduction to the Behavior Technician(s) working with your child will occur shortly thereafter.
Sessions primarily involve a Behavior Technician running programs specified in the treatment plan, documenting data on those programs, and helping parents to understand how to facilitate the client’s progress. BCBA’s will periodically also attend sessions, to oversee Technician performance, observe client progress, and update treatment plans. Parent Training may occur during sessions(s) or separate from sessions.
Applied Behavior Analysis is a research-based, data-driven approach toward helping people and organizations improve human behavior. ABA is especially applicable to children with autism, assisting them to better communicate, acquire social skills, and develop appropriate behavior. Services begin with an initial assessment and orientation to services performed by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). After the initial assessment, the analyst will design a treatment plan and apply for authorization from an applicable insurer.
During the initial intake meeting, the BCBA and parents/caregivers will plan a weekly treatment schedule. Direct therapy generally runs 10-40 hours/week, depending upon the client’s needs, and is performed substantially by one or more behavior technicians under the direction of a BCBA. The BCBA provides specific instruction to the behavior techs, performs on-site supervision as appropriate, and modifies the treatment plan as progress occurs. Reassessment and reauthorizations typically occur every six months if continued services remain necessary.
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Individual ABA goals are developed and targeted throughout the day to include independent skills, social opportunities, appropriate play skills, and management of challenging behaviors. To request information about the availability of ABA services please click the link below.