ABA Therapy for Children with Autism in North Dallas, TX
Decades of research has shown that children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum show significant improvements through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. Since each child on the spectrum is unique, our philosophy at ABC is that the treatment approach should also be specialized to the child’s specific needs.
All of our treatment plans are created and individualized by our experienced team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). Some of our core focuses are to help kiddos improve their communication, social skills, adaptive skills, and more. Conversely, our goal is to help reduce some of the more challenging behaviors, like aggression, self-injury, and self-stimulatory behaviors.
What Makes Our North Dallas ABA Therapy Team Different
Our North Dallas team is comprised of talented BCBAs and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs). BCBAs are Mastered-level clinicians who are responsible for each child’s treatment planning, therapy goals, supervision and training of therapists, and parent training. RBTs are responsible for implementing the child’s treatment plan in a one-on-one setting and tracking data to show progress with therapy goals.
When bringing on folks to our clinical team, it’s important to us that Applied Behavior Analysis therapy is a true passion and longterm career choice. Our high staff retention rate speaks for itself – our employees genuinely love making a difference in the lives of children with ASD. We want to ensure families are seeing the same faces around the clinic each day and forming lasting relationships with their clinicians.
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) describes a developmental condition characterized by a range of behaviors and a wide spectrum of severity levels. Some children may be more affected by ASD than others, which is why it’s important to offer each child an individualized treatment plan to target specific areas of need.
Some key indicators of ASD are a lack of communication (both verbal and nonverbal) and social skills, avoiding eye contact, repetitive behaviors (self-stimulatory), aggression, self-injury, and more.
What if I have concerns that my child might be on the Autism Spectrum?
If parents have concerns that their child may be on the autism spectrum, an ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd Edition) assessment is a logical next step. The ADOS-2 is a thorough evaluation that helps inform a diagnostic determination.
Our North Dallas ABA Therapy center offers the ADOS-2 evaluation to families. Developmental Pediatricians and Neurologists in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area often have waitlists to diagnose ASD or can be costly depending on insurance coverage. Our team of Licensed Psychologists and ADOS-trained BCBAs will run the observation (typically 45 minutes to an hour), complete the report using a scoring algorithm, and then provide results to the child’s physician to review. Physicians may give a medical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder if appropriate.
The ADOS-2 incorporates a variety of toys and activities – kiddos have fun during the evaluation and it’s not like a typical doctor’s visit!
To see what a day of ABA therapy at Action Behavior Centers looks like, check out a video showing Why We’re Here.