Applied Behavior Analysis
What is ABA?
Cutting Edge Pediatric and Adult Therapy believes in the comprehensive treatment of the “whole” person. With developmental and learning differences, this may consist of many collaborative units working together to support personal growth at its maximum potential. One of those collaborative units is ABA. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a science evidence-based practice, using goal-driven data to reduce harmful or distracting behaviors, while increasing desired behaviors that promote learning and independence geared towards individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Using assessments and observations, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) creates a client-specific treatment plan which is then implemented by a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) who works under the supervision of the BCBA. These goals and objectives target the necessary skill sets to remediate the patient’s diagnosis of autism by addressing deficits in communication, social, and maladaptive behavior reduction. ABA Therapy includes weekly parent training services, a vital aspect where we equip parents and caregivers with the skills needed to facilitate the transition of skills to home. During parent training a BCBA will meet with the parent/caregiver to discuss the client’s progress, how to utilize behavioral techniques, and address any concerns.
What to expect
- Natural Environment Teaching (NET)
- One to One Instructional Approach
- Parent Training Services
- Self Advocacy Skills
- Coping Strategies
- Communication Skills
- Social Skills
- Personal Safety
- Vocational Skills
- Collaborative Care Model
- School Readiness
ABA at CEPT
Collaboration of Care Model (CCM)
What sets us apart from other ABA providers is our collaboration of care model. Most clinics do not have all four disciplines in house. Typically, a BCBA at an ABA clinic must contact a client’s SLP at their school or a different clinic. At CEPT we can easily access the client’s OT/PT/ST therapist across the building. This allows us to be consistent in our treatment across all disciplines. Another advantage to this is we host CCM (Collaboration of Care) Meetings with the client’s current clinicians and the parents. Here we discuss what we are all working on together as a team plus how that can be carried on at home.
NET (Naturalistic Environment Teaching)
NET, or Natural Environment Teaching, is a method of providing ABA therapy in a ‘natural environment’ or out in a ‘real-life’ setting, as opposed to a more formal, clinical setting such as DTT (Discrete Trial Training). An ABA therapist might use NET to keep the child engaged during therapy, as it often incorporates the child’s high interest areas. While NET is not necessarily structured as play, using the child’s interests in ABA therapy can help them to build rapport. One of the key principles of NET is using the motivation of the child (by incorporating interest areas) to learn new socially significant skills. At CEPT, the majority of client programs utilize the NET method, compared to other clinics who may use only DTT or a mix of the two.
In applied behavior analysis services, professional ABA providers may not only be working one on one with a client or supervising others who do so. They may also be providing training and consultation to caregivers of those clients. Specifically, this is often referred to as parent training or caregiver training typically funded by insurance. ABA parent training is done by A BCBA and is an important piece of any treatment plan when working with children and adolescents. As caregivers, parents are responsible for helping their child learn and develop by guiding them and teaching them skills and behaviors that will help them in everyday life. This is why parent training at CEPT is a weekly requirement.
Helpful Links for Families
General Autism Resources
- National Autism Association of North Texas
- National Autism Organization
- Autism Society
- National Autism Center
- Families for Early Autism Treatment
- Various Topics Around Autism
- Grants and Other Financial Assistance
- Non-Profit Financial Assistance
- Laws for Insurance Coverage
Adults with Autism
- I Love ABA!
What is the purpose of ABA?
ABA is a scientific, evidence-based discipline that strives to understand and improve socially significant behaviors. ABA analyzes the interactions between people and their environment to determine the effects the environment has on a person’s behavior. This is performed by finding the function of the behavior.
What all is involved in ABA?
ABA involves a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) assessing and creating an individualized treatment plan with objective goals for each client. Using a measurement system to track progress, BCBA’s create a visual analysis of the individual’s skills over time. A Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) implements treatment plans created by the BCBA and works in conjunction with them to address goals such as social, communication, self-advocacy, and independence skills.
How long are ABA sessions?
ABA sessions at Cutting Edge can range from 2-3 hours. Our pediatric patients come Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:00AM-3:00PM, and our adolescent and adult patients come Monday-Friday between the hours of 3:30-5:30PM.
What is the caregiver's role in ABA?
The caregiver role in ABA therapy is to ensure behaviors learned with your child’s ABA team is transferred across environments. Each child and family has different needs, so the level of involvement will vary case by case.
What insurances does CEPT take?
Insurance will only approve ABA treatment with an Autism diagnosis.
Will the ABA program help with IEPs, ARDs, and school?
Please see https://cuttingedgepediatrictherapy.com/school/ for more information.