What is ABA Therapy
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a research based treatment and intensive therapy that measures observable behavior. ABA targets a certain behavior and what happens after a behavior (consequence). The methods of ABA are applied by breaking down skills into simple steps and teaching each step in sequence.
ABA based interventions are validated for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), but is also applicable to children with other developmental disabilities. Skills are taught with the use of scientifically validated teaching procedures. The goal is to increase desirable behaviors and reduce behaviors that interfere with a child’s or adult’s ability to learn more functional skills that can replace undesirable behaviors and improve their quality of life.
“We seek to produce significant results, enabling your child to adapt to their environment, preparing them for a brighter future.”
ABA Therapy treats these presenting concerns
- ABA Therapy for Autism
- ABA Therapy for ADHD
- ABA Therapy for Down's Syndrome
- Verbal Behavior Approach
- Oppositional Defiance Disorder
- Pivotal Response Training
- Self-Injury Behaviors
- School Consultation (IEP & 504)
- Child Feeding Disorders
- Toilet Training and Consultation
- Bedtime Routine Scheduling
- Child Compliance Training
- Parent Training
- Educational Intervention
How does my child begin to receive ABA services and what should I expect?
If you choose to use your insurance benefit for services, you will need these documents prior to insurance authorization:
- Copy of a Psychological and/or Neurological Evaluation conducted within the past year
- Orders for ABA Therapy from a Physician or other qualified healthcare professional
- Completed Patient Intake Packet
**Please call our office for additional information on the intake process.
The initial interview is the first step in acquiring behavior therapy services. The interview is conducted with only the parents or guardians present. This is an opportunity for our behavior analyst to hear your concerns and discuss potential options for treatment. During the interview, rating scales and social validity measures will be used to assess your perception of your child's skill deficits and behavioral excesses. Our behavior analyst will discuss assessment procedures, potential behavior goals, and realistic treatment outcomes. It is often the case that simple procedures can be taught through parent training and concerns are addressed with a single consultation interview.
Goals and Measurement
- Together with parents and the behavior analyst, we will select specific behaviors to target, the method and the frequency of measurement approach, and data presentation will be individualized to each situation, behavior, and available resources.
- Behavioral targets will be prioritized based on their risk to your child's safety, independence, and implications for your child’s health and well-being.
- Both baseline performance and treatment goals will be developed for each critical domain and specified in terms that are observable and measurable so that there is agreement regarding the presence, absence, or degree of behavior change relative to treatment goals and discharge criteria.
- Treatment plans will specify objective and measurable treatment protocols. It will include the service setting(s), and level of service for your child.
- Data collection and analysis will occur frequently enough so as to permit changes to the treatment plan at a rate which maximizes progress. Data will be represented in numerical or graphical form.
Standardized and/or Criterion-referenced Assessment batteries will be conducted to assess cognitive functioning, academic skill level, communicative ability, social skills, and behavioral domains. The type of instruments used in assessment will be based on information gained from the initial interview.
- Treatment dosage will vary with each client and reflect the goals of treatment, specific needs of the child, and response to treatment.
- Parent Training can be effective for less complex behaviors and can be completed in as little as 2 to 3 sessions.
- Social Skills Programs are based on the needs of the child and can be 2 hours per week or as much as 10 hours per week.
Comprehensive ABA therapy requires intensive treatment defined as 26 to 40 hours per week of direct treatment with adjustments based on the child's needs and response to treatment.
The Autism Center of North Louisiana is the only ABA service provider in Northeast Louisiana that employs highly qualified professionals trained to administer standardized academic achievement, adaptive skill, and cognitive assessment batteries. Learn more about Family Solution's Autism Center of North Louisiana.
- Board Certified Behavior Analyst
- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- Clinical Psychologist
- American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
- Licensed Professional Counselor
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
- AAMFT Approved Supervisor
- Licensed Addictions Counselor
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
- Licensed Speech Language Pathologist
- Licensed Occupational Therapist
- Licensed Physical Therapist