Clinic based ABA services
In person consultation to get a good understanding of your needs
If you choose to go further an Assessment will be scheduled, timeline for this depends on funding and availability. The assessment tells me where you child's strengths and weaknesses are and assists me in writing a well developed treatment plan.
Treatment hours will depend on the assessment, for early intervention research supports a more comprehensive program of 20-40 hour per week.
After the assessment is completed and reported to the funding source (don't worry we do all this for you) and hours are approved we schedule your 1:1 days and times.
Autism now affects 1 in 68 children
Boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls
Autism greatly varies from person to person (no two people with autism are alike)
The rate of autism has steadily grown over the last twenty years
About 25%–30% of children with autism have some words at 12 to 18 months of age and then lose them. About 40% of children with autism do not speak. Others might speak, but not until later in childhood
Children with autism do progress – early intervention is key
- When early intervention includes ABA treatments there is significant improvement in cognitive and adaptive skills, and can lead to a less severe autism diagnosis (Dawson, Rogers, Munson, Smith, Winter, Greenson, Donaldson, Varley, 2009)
- Children who are completely non-verbal who begin intervention in the early pre-school years are far more likely to become vocal (Koegel, 2000)
- With early intervention disruptive behaviors are often avoided, reduced, or eliminated as the focus is on teaching appropriate communication (Koegel, Koegel, Ashbaugh, Bradshaw, 2014)
Applied behavior Analysis (ABA)
The attempt to solve behavior problems by providing antecedent and/or consequences that change behavior. Applied behavior analysis owes no affiliation with a particular intervention, rather it is a scientific problem-solving approach aimed at producing socially significant behavior change and improving quality of life for individuals, families and communities.
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, is an individual who has demonstrated mastery of the professional competencies involved in assessing behavior and designing, implementing, evaluating, and communicating the results of an applied behavior analysis program. They have have a masters degree and have completed the extensive series and practicum hours set forth by the BACB (Behavior Analysis Certification Board) BCBA’s are the only individuals qualified to oversee comprehensive ABA programs.
An observable and measurable act an organism does, including covert (unseen) actions (like thinking, dreaming, etc). Behavior is not limited to challenging behaviors, rather behavior applies to all observable and measurable acts emited by a living organism (e.g. breathing, eating, singing, yelling, laughing, reading, running, etc.).
What are some Signs of autism?
While every child and every child with autism is unique and the early signs of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) vary, there are some “red flags” that indicate at risk for an ASD. These early signs include:
No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by nine months
No babbling by 12 months
No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months
No words by 16 months
No meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating) by 24 months
Any loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age
(Autism Speaks, Inc. 2013)
Do I need a referral and/or diagnosis from my doctor before I can seek therapy?
No. You do not need a referral or a prescription from your doctor in order to seek services. Timing is everything when it comes to early intervention, many toddlers will show delays well before a diagnosis is given. The earlier services start the better the outcome. However, if you are seeking insurance coverage you will need a formal diagnosis (no referral needed for ABA with or without diagnosis).
When should I seek evaluation?
The moment you start to think or see any red flags. Time is of the essence when it comes to a child with a developmental disorder. It is very important that if you have concerns about your child’s development, you talk to your child’s doctor and seek a developmental evaluation. Research supports the earlier intervention begins, the better the outcomes are for a child.
Do you provide treatment for autism?
Yes. TBP provides intervention services for all children– those showing red flags for autism, those with a diagnosis of ASD, and those families that just need extra support and guidance. Our interventions include in home ABA therapy, parent support and parent coaching for ASD.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes. TBP is in-network with a select few. Even if not in network with your insurance provider there is still a good chance that there is coverage available to you. To learn more about your benefits, contact us.
Is ABA only for children with a developmental delay and/or autism?
No. ABA is the principles for behavior change in all behavior from big problem behaviors to teaching simple skills. While ABA is the ONLY evidence based practice for the treatment for autism it works with all children. Parenting can be hard and scary but it doesn’t have to be, welcome to moms supporting moms.