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Q-What is ABA?
A- ABA or Applied Behavior Analysis is the most evidence-based treatment for autism spectrum disorders. It is the scientific study of the principles of behavior and learning. At Creative Pieces Behavior Associates, we use the principles of ABA to help manipulate the environment and improve behaviors.
Q-How Does My Child Obtain Services?
A-Creative Pieces Behavior Associates can serve any child. Although Creative Pieces Behavior Associates can serve any child, things to consider are: 1) Funding Source (Although the ABA mandate went into effect, not all plans are required to carry this plan (i.e. self funded plans, plans in other states, etc.); 2) Diagnosis (The determination for ABA coverage with insurance companies requires an Autism diagnosis or some other developmental disabilities); and 3) We currently are in-network with BCBS and Aetna. We are working on becoming in-network with other insurance companies such as Humana, United, and United Behavioral Health.
Once a child is referred to us, we work with the insurance company to obtain an initial authorization for an assessment. This process can take several weeks.
Q-Once insurance authorization is approved, what is the next step?
A- The next step is the assessment. During the assessment, we work closely with your child and the parents/family to identify the strengths and weaknesses, identify goals, and hopes for your child.
Our assessments typically include one of the following:
- Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP).
- Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLs-R).
- We also conduct Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) to identify behaviors to decrease and their function. During this assessment, replacement behaviors are also identified.
*After the assessment, the individualized treatment plan is developed and treatment begins. This can be explained in further depth when we review assessment and treatment plan.
Q-How much therapy does my child need?
A- This depends on your child’s abilities, which is determined during the initial assessment. The most recent research shows that a comprehensive early intervention ABA program is most effective with 25-40 hrs. per week. Once a child is in school, services typically fade to about 10-15 hrs. per week, depending on their needs.
Q-Why is Early Intervention so important?
A-Early Intervention services occur during the most important, fundamental time in your child’s development and receiving highly effective 1:1 direct therapy during this time is instrumental. When you are young, the brain is very impressionable, allowing re-modeling. Research also shows that children who receive early intervention services have better outcomes that those who do not.
Q-What does therapy look like?
A- A therapist who works underneath the Behavior Analyst (BCBA) provides direct therapy. The BCBA manages and supervises the individualized treatment plan of the child.
At Creative Pieces Behavior Associates, we believe that treatment should be as naturalistic as possible. Types of ABA therapy we provide are:
- Discrete Trial Training (DTT): Skills are broken down into smaller increments, taught in a 1:1 format and teaching trials are short and fast paced.
- Natural Environment/Generalization: Practicing and Teaching skills where they naturally would happen.
- Social Skills Training
- Potty Training
*More information can be provided during our meeting.
Q-How Should ABA programs be supervised?
A- ABA programs should be developed and supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). The direct therapist will be under the direct supervision of the BCBA.