Applied Behavior Analysis
An Outcome-Focused Therapy Approach
Center for Autism Nurturing uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to provide therapy for children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Applied Behavior Analysis framework is multifaceted and can offer solutions for individuals with a host of behavioral support needs.
What Is Applied Behavior Analysis?
Applied Behavior Analysis is a unique therapeutic approach that emphasizes specific behavior training for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. When ABA services are utilized consistently and effectively, a child will often adopt improved behavior practices that persist. At Center for Autism Nurturing, we tailor our ABA services on a case-by-case basis. One child might need assistance in social interactions. Another might need to learn a vital life skill. Our team of board-certified behavior analysts, board-certified assistant behavior analysts, and registered behavior techicians are ready to help in the most appropriate way for your child.
We use Applied Behavior Analysis to further our mission of…
Helping families to increase their child's independence
Supporting the child's growth with the least restrictive interventions
Provide tools to help enable the child to remain in the home environment
Increasing happiness, safety, and security for the entire family
Example Goals That Can Be Achieved with Applied Behavior Analysis:
- Increase Age Appropriate Communication
- Social Skills Development
- Increase Age Appropriate Behavior
- Develop Substitute Behaviors to Those Interfering with Functioning
- Decrease Aggression
- Increase Coping Skills
- Increase Compliance
- Increase Recognition of Unsafe Behavior
- Decrease Self Injurious Behavior
- Increase Self Regulation
- Develop a Better Understanding of Safety Awareness in Public
- Increase Activities of Daily Living Skills
- Toilet Training
- Develop Independent Living Skills
- Develop Functional Skills in Community Settings
What is ABA?
Applied Behavioral Analysis is a science-based therapy focusing on breaking skills down into small teachable segments for the child to learn and build upon. These skills allow the child to access their environment in the least restrictive way possible while increasing their independence.
Why does this therapy require so many hours?
The use of ABA techniques has been proven to show best results when applied intensively and consistently across the child’s environments and the people with whom they regularly interact. The assessment phase will determine how many hours will be most beneficial to your child.
What areas of development are addressed?
Examples include, but are not limited to: receptive and expressive language, cooperative play, independent play, self-help skills, self-regulation, self-management, and problem-solving skills.
What other services are offered?
At this time, we currently only offer ABA therapy. We will be teaming up with a speech therapist and an occupational therapist to provide services in the very near future!
Do we provide autism evaluations?
An autism diagnosis is completed by a developmental pediatrician or psychologist, Center for Autism Nurturing does not currently provide this service.
We can evaluate for ABA services once your child has received an Autism diagnosis.
*We are currently looking to partner with local psychologists to be able to offer diagnostic evaluations.
Is ABA covered by my insurance?
Most insurances cover ABA services! Our billing department will do a complementary benefits check for you to gather all necessary information.
Is in-clinic or in-home therapy better for my child?
This is very dependent on each individual child and their needs. You and your ABA team may decide a mixture of both settings would be best.
Some positives of each are listed below:
- The environment away from home can allow your child to learn new skills more readily than in their home. Some kids see their home as a space to relax and unwind.
- Classroom-readiness skills can be mimicked in the clinic as a transition tool to prepare children for success in school.
- The clinic setting can often provide unique opportunitues for generalization with multiple technicians.
- You may see that some social scenarios (with family or siblings) or maladaptive behaviors only occur in the home. Having therapy in the setting in which the behaviors occur may be most beneficial.
- Teaching your child in the environment where you’d like them to use the skill can offer the highest level of benefit. This may be in their daycare setting or in your home after school. At this time, a select few private schools allow ABA therapists to assist your child in the classroom.
- Having ABA therapy in your home allows for ample opportunity to observe and ask questions so that you can implement certain therapy techniques outside of session time.