Our ABA Services

ABC provides applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment to individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) who have been referred for ABA services by a physician.
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What is ABA?

ABA is a science which involves the application of the principles of behavior (i.e., reinforcement, motivation, extinction, punishment, stimulus control, conditioned reinforcement, and schedules of reinforcement) to build socially significant behavior in real world, every day settings in order to improve the lives of our patients and their families. ABA involves defining target behaviors, recording data on those behaviors, and analyzing the data to make changes to treatments that are not effective.

The field of ABA is well-established with a large supporting body of scientific research and standards for evidence-based practice. ABA treatment for individuals with ASD has been endorsed by the US Surgeon General (1999) and the New York State Department of Health (1999).

In addition, many professional associations have published statements reporting the effectiveness of and endorsing ABA treatment such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (2001). In addition, the National Autism Standards Report (2009, 2015) has found that treatment rooted in the principles of ABA have the strongest research support as established, effective treatment for individuals with ASD.

ABC abides by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s Professional Ethical Compliance Code and Guidelines for Responsible Conduct (BACB, 2014) as well as all local, state, and federal laws with regards to the provision of services.

Our Process

Intake - Our services begin with an intake with a member of our administrative team. This is a time where the families are able to discuss primary areas of concern and determine if ABC can meet their needs. During this process our team will determine eligibility for services and navigate the insurance process for you. You will be asked to fill out an application, provide proof of medical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, provide a prescription for ABA services, and provide proof of insurance.

Assessment - The next step is to assess your child’s skill level which is necessary to guide the development of an individualized treatment plan. The assessment will be conducted by a licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and will include the use of various assessment tools. Typically assessments are conducted in the home setting; however, arrangements can be made to conduct the assessment in an area that best suits your family’s needs.

Some assessment tools we use include:

Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills- Revised (ABLLS-R)

The ABLLS-R is an assessment, curriculum guide, and skills tracking system for children with language delays that provides criterion referenced information about a child’s skills which can be used as the basis for selecting objectives and monitoring progress (Partington, 2010).

Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS)

The AFLS is an assessment, skills tracking system, and curriculum guide for skills that are essential for independence. It assesses basic and advanced skills, which are broken down into six assessment modules: Basic Living Skills, Home Skills, Community Participation Skills, School Skills, Independent Living Skills, and Vocational Skills (Partington & Mueller, 2012)

Essential for Living (EFL)

EFL is a communication, behavior, and functional skills assessment, curriculum, and skill-tracking instrument for both children and adults with moderate-to-severe disabilities, particularly those with limited communication repertoires, minimal daily living skills, and/or severe problem behavior. It is based on the concepts, principles, and empirically-validated procedures from ABA and Skinner’s (1957) analysis of verbal behavior. The focus of this assessment is to identify, assess, and target skills and behaviors which are essential for effective daily living and result in an improved quality of life by categorizing skills into must-have skills, should-have skills, good-to-have skills, and nice-to-have skills (McGreevy, Fry, & Cornwall, 2012).

Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)

The FBA is an assessment used to determine the function (i.e., purpose) of problem behavior in order to select protocols for reduction (e.g., access to tangibles, attention, escape/avoidance, sensory, etc.). It includes various forms of data collection and procedures.

Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP)

The VB-MAPP is a criterion referenced assessment based on B.F. Skinner’s analysis of Verbal Behavior (1957), which, in addition to his work in behavioral psychology and learning, led to the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA). The VB-MAPP contains five components (i.e., Milestones Assessment, Barriers Assessment, Transition Assessment, Task Analysis, and Curriculum Placement Guide) that are designed to assess a child’s existing skills, determine appropriate treatment plans and placement, and to assist in developing treatment goals and objectives. The Milestones Assessment is designed to provide a sample of the child’s existing verbal and related skills, containing 170 measurable learning and language milestones that are sequenced according to typical development and balanced across 3 developmental levels. The Barriers Assessment provides an assessment of 24 common learning and language acquisition barriers children with autism are faced with. The Transition Assessment contains 18 assessment areas to help identify whether a child has made meaningful progress and has acquired the skills necessary for reducing and/or withdrawing treatment. This assessment tool can provide a measureable way for the child’s team to make decisions and set priorities regarding reduction of treatment and/or discharge (Sundberg, 2007).

Treatment Plan

Once the assessment has been conducted, the BCBA will evaluate the data collected to inform the development of a treatment package. The BCBA will comprise an extensive report of the assessment findings as well as a specific treatment plan and behavior intervention plan (if necessary), including making recommendations for the number of service hours.

ABC is dedicated to providing the highest quality of service possible and for this reason, our treatment packages typically include the following services: direct service hours with a qualified behavior therapist, weekly supervision hours by a licensed BCBA or mental health professional, weekly parent training hours by a licensed BCBA or mental health professional, and weekly treatment planning hours by a licensed BCBA or mental health professional.

Coordination of care (i.e., team meetings) and social skills groups are also available to some patients.

Components of our treatment plans may include: prompting/prompt fading, errorless teaching, shaping, correction procedures, positive/negative reinforcement, differential reinforcement, pairing procedures, antecedent manipulations, task analyses, chaining procedures, stimulus discrimination training, extinction, Verbal Behavior programming, augmentative/alternative communication training (e.g., picture exchange, sign language, speech generating device), discrete trial instruction, and natural environment teaching.

Your Treatment Team

ABC recognizes that the quality of services we provide is directly dependent on the quality of our providers. ABC uses an exclusive patient-provider matching process across 30 essential domains to ensure our treatment team will be the perfect fit for your family.

In addition, ABC is proud to offer our providers training and professional development opportunities which allows for enhanced services to be provided to your child at all times.

ABC also offers supervision for candidates seeking the supervision hours required to obtain BACB certification.

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