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Applied Behavior Analysis

At The Anderson Centers, we are committed to effective and compassionate treatment. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is based on proven theories of learning and behavior. Our approach to treatment is child-centered and skill-based. We are committed to making each ABA session as positive an experience for your child as possible.

These services are offered for children and adults from 18 months old – 21 years old.

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What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a therapy approach based on the science of learning and behavior. The goal is to promote helpful behaviors and decrease behaviors that are harmful and/or negatively impacting learning.

Who benefits from ABA?

ABA therapy programs can be designed to support focus, attention, memory, and social skills, improve language and communication skills, and decrease concerning behaviors. Additionally, ABA therapy programs can be used to provide schoolwide positive behavior support, and to improve adaptive skills (e.g., feeding, toileting, self-care, etc.).

ABA therapy is a common intervention for children and adolescents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. However, it can also be used for adults and in other ways to support positive behavior changes for a variety of conditions or diagnoses. Here at The Anderson Centers, we provide ABA therapy for children and adolescents 18 months to 21 years old.

How is ABA different from other therapies or treatments?

ABA is determined to be an evidenced-based treatment by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the US Surgeon General. This means that ABA has been researched and proven to be an effective treatment for autism. It includes many interventions and strategies for understanding and changing behavior. Additionally, treatment is continuously assessed for usefulness and effectiveness. 

The Anderson Centers’ approach to treatment is child-centered, and skill-based. We focus on delivering the changes most desired by the family within their natural environment. We adapt ABA treatment programs to meet the unique needs of your child. Therapy can be provided in-home or other environments, including approved school settings.

How will ABA help my child?

Language delays and/or communication challenges can make it difficult for your child to engage with you or anyone in their environment. They cannot gain access to their wants or needs. This causes frustration often displayed as concerning behaviors (e.g., screaming, crying, biting, etc.). An ABA treatment program can be designed to promote vocabulary development teaching your child to effectively advocate for themselves and communicate their needs.

Receptive communication is your child’s ability to understand instructions the way they are presented to them. Challenges in this area can also contribute to concerning behaviors that are oftentimes described as “defiance,” or “noncompliance.” An ABA treatment program can be designed to assess these deficits and either develop receptive communication skills or determine an approach specific to your child’s ability. 

Overall, ABA interventions and strategies support your child by providing alternative behaviors that serve the same function, or get the same results, as the concerning behavior. 

At The Anderson Centers, we implement ABA interventions and strategies to address a variety of behavior concerns. Some of these include;

  • running away in public areas
  • potty training
  • feeding
  • safety awareness
  • hygiene
  • anything else fostering independence

By providing a new, positive behavior that achieves the same function as the concerning behavior, we help your child excel as they develop new tools and skills that will serve them for the rest of their lives.

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Is ABA right for my child?

It depends. We know, you were hoping for a yes or a no. However, before determining if Applied Behavior Analysis is the best plan for treatment for your child or adolescent, we need to get to know the specifics of your concerns and assess your child’s abilities. We would be happy to consult with you and schedule an initial assessment. 
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WHAT TO EXPECT DURING AN ABA SESSION

ABA treatment is guided by a treatment plan created specific to your child. A trained behavior analyst (BCBA) creates a treatment program based on the results from your child’s initial assessment. The goals created are designed to teach your child new skills and/or support/strengthen current skills. You are also a part of the process. As a result, the treatment program will also include goals specific to your concerns as well. 

How long are ABA sessions?

There are two types of treatment that contribute to the length of ABA sessions. Focused ABA Treatment and Comprehensive ABA Treatment. The recommended number of hours for each treatment are based on research findings regarding the intensity required to produce beneficial outcomes.

  • Focused ABA Treatment ranges from 10-25 hours per week of direct treatment (not including supervision and caregiver support). Programs for severe destructive behavior may require more than 25 hours per week of direct therapy (e.g., learners that have no functional communication system or have high rates of severe behavior). 
  • Comprehensive ABA Treatment often involves an intensity level of 30-40 hours of direct treatment to the client per week (not including supervision and caregiver support). Programs for young children may start with a few hours of therapy per day and increase in intensity as their ability to participate increases.

How often are therapy appointments?

Treatment is individualized to your family and your child’s needs. The average prescription of service hours is 20 hours a week (e.g., 2 to 4 hour sessions for five days a week). Treatment hours are increased or decreased depending on your child’s response to treatment and needs. For example, hours may be increased to reach treatment goals and decreased once your child has met most of the treatment goals and is transitioning to be discharged.

Consistency is Key

It is important to begin services when your child can consistently attend sessions. Inconsistent attendance or gaps in treatment may result in your child falling further behind typical developmental trajectories. Additionally, this will likely result in increased costs and greater dependence on more intensive services across their life span.

How does Applied Behavior Analysis work?

Teaching Skills

At The Anderson Centers, we are committed to making each ABA session as positive of an experience for your child as possible. As a result, we strictly adhere to Natural Environment Teaching (NET), Incidental Teaching (IT), and other similar teaching strategies. 

  • Natural Environment Teaching (NET) uses play/preferred activities to maximize your child’s motivation to continue an activity and learn new concepts.
  • Incidental Teaching (IT) uses naturally occurring situations to provide opportunities for your child to learn new concepts.  

A registered behavior technician (RBT) will work directly with your child to practice skills and achieve the goals included in their treatment program. RBT’s are trained to effectively implement ABA interventions and strategies.

Treatment is Monitored

The BCBA will oversee your child’s sessions weekly to ensure the RBT is consistently following your child’s treatment plan. The BCBA will also observe your child’s response to treatment and the RBT to ensure we are maintaining a safe and supportive relationship with your child and your family.

Monitor Progress

The RBT will collect data during every therapy session. The BCBA will analyze this data to monitor your child’s progress toward goals. Data is also used to determine the effectiveness of your child’s treatment program and if any adjustments need to be made to treatment goals, teaching strategies, etc. 

Caregiver Support

The BCBA will schedule meetings, as needed, with your child’s caregivers and/or anyone on your child’s care team (e.g., parents, grandparents, schoolteachers, daycare providers, etc.) to review treatment goals, progress, and any other information pertinent to your child’s success.

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In-Home Treatment

ABA services are provided in-home where your child is most comfortable. It is often helpful to experience the therapy in the natural environment where the concerning behaviors are occurring. 

In-School Treatment

ABA services, behavior support services, and educational consultation services can be provided in school with the school’s prior approval. As the parent, you will be our liaison with your school to receive this approval.

How long does my child have to receive ABA therapy?

It depends. Every child is different, every situation is different. We meet you and your child where you are on your journey. We work with you to determine specific treatment goals. Once those are reached your child will transition out of treatment.

How long is ABA therapy covered by my insurance?

It depends. After submitting the initial assessment and treatment plan each insurance carrier approves a set amount of time for therapy before requiring a follow-up assessment. Typically, progress and updated treatment plans are required every 6 months.

Support Sessions

We know change comes with its own set of challenges. We offer support sessions for all of our families to help with any issues, concerns, or questions as they come up. Parent support meetings are scheduled to also provide you with guidance on the ABA interventions and strategies used during sessions so that you can begin to use them as well. 

Even if you’re not interested in ABA services, we can solely provide parent guidance to help support you and your child.

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Insurance for aba services

We accept the following insurance for ABA services:

  • Aetna
  • BCBS (Anthem)
  • Cigna + Oscar
  • Evernorth (Cigna)
  • Magellan
  • Medicaid (PeachState, CareSource, Amerigroup, Katie Beckett Waiver)
  • Optum
  • Tricare
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