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Questions About Our Services
How will ABA therapy help my child?
Other important target areas of ABA include social skills, play skills, potty training, self-care skills (brushing teeth, washing hands, etc.), and day-to-day living skills (independently getting dressed, following safety instructions, etc.).
What is ABA Therapy?
When is the best time for my child to begin ABA therapy?
Simply stated: the earlier, the better.
Plenty of clinical research has demonstrated that children who start ABA therapy as early as possible (~2 years old) make the most significant improvements. We serve children on the autism spectrum from 18 months to 14 years and offer personalized programming for their unique needs. Therapy program options may differ based on clinic. Please reach out directly to a clinic near you.
Does ABA therapy work for Autism?
Simple answer: Yes.
More complex answer: Every child is different, and some children might show more significant gains than others. Studies have shown that some children with autism receiving two or more years of intensive behavioral intervention have been virtually indistinguishable from their neurotypical peers. There are hundreds of studies supporting the effectiveness of ABA therapy, and federal and state agencies, as well as insurance companies, cover this therapy.
Does ABA Therapy Mean My Child is “Stuck” at a Table All Day Repeating the Same Tasks?
No way! ABC strives to create an engaging environment for learning. While sitting at a table may be a developmental goal (especially if we’re aiming for school) there are so many other skills on which to focus. We use two ABA methods of “training,” Discrete Trail Training (DTT) and Natural Environment Training (NET). DTT is set in an individualized space, that involves therapist led floor play, table work, matching and more. NET is set in a large exciting play space where kiddos lead the way and therapists work alongside them on appropriate play, name recognition, sharing, motor skills and more.
Not only that, but our centers involve ‘Eats and Craft’ spaces that are used daily. Circle Time is also a daily activity based on age and/or communication levels where therapists, BCBAs and kiddos alike can be caught singing, laughing, and learning together. Each center also has the autonomy to introduce fun therapist lead activities like group exercise or stimulus rooms. There is a wide variety of techniques and methods used in ABA.
Our doctor said that my child was a little slow in developing and that I should just wait. Is that ok?
It is possible that your child will develop their skills and overcome their barriers to learning, but time is precious. Research supports that a child who begins therapy between 2-5 years old, while still in the traditional “brain development” stage, will have a higher likelihood of achieving full developmental capability than a child that starts therapy at a much later age. There’s no strict rule of thumb on age, but research supports starting therapy as early as possible.
Do you use any other methodologies besides ABA?
Action Behavior utilizes evidence-based methods within the scope of behavior analysis provided by Board Certified Behavior Analysts. We also collaborate with other disciplines including psychology, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy.
How are Parents Involved?
Families and guardians are an essential part of any ABA therapy program and need to be active in the treatment process. Family Guidance is a core part of what we do at ABC. We require biweekly sessions between guardians and their dedicated BCBA in which there are continued discussions and teachings on how to generalize what’s being done during center hours to their lives at home and in the community.
My child is getting help from other providers such as a Speech Therapist and/or an Occupational Therapist… isn’t that enough?
At Action Behavior Centers, we view these providers as valuable resources and supplemental therapy options when appropriate. If your child is receiving speech or occupational services from another provider, we seek to collaborate with them in order to provide a comprehensive treatment plan.
Does my child have to have a formal autism diagnosis to get treatment?
Children are not required to have a diagnosis for treatment but children are required to have a formal diagnosis in order to receive coverage from insurance providers. Insurance coverage is required for treatment at Action Behavior Centers.
What does Compassionate Care look like in an ABA setting?
Compassionate Care is approaching each family, child, and teammate with a desire to have a meaningful and therapeutic relationship.
What does Assent look like in ABA?
Assent can be given and withdrawn. It is important that we observe each child and identify what it looks like on both ends. This will help us identify replacement behaviors to teach self advocacy rather than suppressing behavior that is more likely to re-emerge.