Attentive Behavior Care provides cutting-edge, comprehensive and compassionate ABA treatment to individuals who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and referred for ABA treatment by a qualified physician
How Can ABA Help My Child?
Research has shown that ABA is an effective science that addresses some of the following concerns:
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.
Attentive Behavior 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.
Treatment Begins With
Our services begin with an intake with a member of our administrative team. This is a time where the family may discuss primary areas of concern and determine if ABC can meet those needs. During this process our team will determine eligibility for services and navigate the insurance process. The family will be asked to fill out an enrollment form, provide proof of medical diagnosis of ASD, provide a prescription/referral for ABA treatment, and provide proof of insurance.
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)
- Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS)
- Essential for Living (EFL)
- Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)
- Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP)
Once the assessment has been conducted, the assessor will evaluate the data collected to inform the development of a treatment plan. The assessor will comprise an extensive report of the assessment findings as well as a specific treatment plan.
A preliminary treatment meeting will be scheduled with the family and the treatment team in order to review the assessment results, proposed service type(s), treatment plan goals and objectives, recommended duration and length of treatment, and discharge plan. Upon discharge, recommendations will be provided as a way to support continued progress or address persisting concerns.
Authorization periods typically last for 6 months and a progress report and updated treatment plan will be composed for each authorization period.
Treatment dosage varies with each patient and reflects to goals of treatment, specific patient needs, and response to treatment. Recommendations for treatment dosage are made based on the results of the initial assessment and are continually monitored and updated for each authorization period.
Service Delivery Model
Our treatment packages are based on the BACB’s Practice Guidelines for ABA treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Autism Special Interest Groups Consumer Guidelines. We utilize a tiered service-delivery model in which a qualified health care provider (QHCP) designs and supervises a treatment program delivered by a behavior technician. The effectiveness of this service delivery model has been documented in the peer-reviewed literature and has several advantages including increased access to services, permits sufficient expertise to be delivered to each patient at the level needed to reach treatment goals, and facilitates treatment delivery to patients in underserved areas and patients/families with complex needs.
- Direct Treatment
- Direct and Indirect Supervision
- Group Treatment
- Parent/Caregiver Training
- Team Meetings and Coordination of Care
Your Treatment Team
Attentive Behavior recognizes that the quality of services we provide is directly dependent on the quality of our providers. Your treatment team will include an administrative case coordinator who will assist with staffing, coordination, and authorization management; a qualified health care provider who will serve as the supervisor; and a behavior technician who will serve as the direct treatment provider.
Attentive Behavior uses an exclusive patient-provider matching process across 30 essential domains to ensure the perfect fit for your family. We carefully take into consideration the personality of your child, the behavior technician, and YOU. We trust that you will be thrilled with the team we have selected for your family.