Clinic-Based ABA - What to Expect
Clinic-based ABA most often begins with an autism diagnosis, though some other diagnoses may trigger qualification for ABA services (depending upon insurance provider coverage). The BCBA will conduct an Initial Assessment which requires attendance of both the client and a caregiver.
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The BCBA will then develop a preliminary treatment plan and submit it to the child’s medical doctor for approval. Upon approval, the BCBA will request services from the client’s insurance carrier. Once an insurance authorization is obtained (typically for a six-month period), the Orientation to Services is scheduled and conducted for the client and caregivers. Introduction to the Behavior Technician(s) may occur at the Orientation to Services or shortly thereafter.
A schedule for sessions is determined, typically comprising 10-40 hours/week. Sessions primarily involve a Behavior Technician running programs specified in the treatment plan, documenting data on those programs, and helping parents to understand how to facilitate the client’s progress. Analysts will periodically also attend sessions, both in-person and via video-conference, to oversee Technician performance, observe client progress, and update treatment plans.
Applied Behavior Analysis is a research-based, data-driven approach toward helping people and organizations improve human behavior. ABA is especially applicable to children with autism, assisting them to better communicate, acquire social skills, and develop appropriate behavior. Services begin with an initial assessment and orientation to services performed by a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA). The client must be present for both meetings. After the initial assessment, the analyst will design a treatment plan and apply for authorization from an applicable insurer.
During Orientation, the analyst and parent(s) will plan a weekly treatment schedule. Direct therapy generally runs 10-30 hours/week, depending upon the client’s needs, and is performed substantially by one or more behavior technicians under the analyst’s direction. The analyst provides specific instruction to the behavior techs, performs remote and/or on-site supervision as appropriate, and modifies the treatment plan as progress occurs. Reassessment and reauthorizations typically occur every six months if continued services remain necessary.
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Individual ABA goals are developed and targeted throughout the day to include independent skills, social opportunities, appropriate play skills, and management of challenging behaviors. To request information about the availability of ABA services please click the link below.