ABA Therapy | Decatur, GA & Center-Based Autism Services
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Meet the Director
Alexis Curcio, M Ed, BCBA
Alexis Curcio, M Ed, BCBA, received her bachelor’s degree in Hearing, Speech, & Language Science with a minor in Psychology and Sign Language at Ohio University. Alexis was a research assistant participating in studies in Social-Health Psychology and Perceptual Audiological Laboratories, presenting at state-wide and national research conferences. She received her master’s in Applied Behavioral Analysis at the University of Cincinnati.
Alexis worked with Kadiant in OH, and relocated to GA in 2020 where she worked as a Supervisor-then-Director in Atlanta, providing services in a variety of clinical settings. In addition to her professional experience, autism has been a large part of her life with both parents working in the special education field.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA Therapy)?
Applied Behavior Analysis is an evidence-based treatment for children and adults with autism which focuses on teaching a variety of skills and positive behaviors in areas such as language development, social skills, and functional living skills. ABA is also effective in decreasing behavior excesses, such as tantrums and aggression.
ABA is scientifically-validated and the treatment of choice for individuals with autism, including endorsements from the U.S. Surgeon General and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Who provides ABA Therapy?
A treatment team provides ABA Therapy, and your treatment team will include two types of credentialed clinical professionals, BCBAs and RBTs. The BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) will design an individualized program for the client, and our qualified and trained RBTs (Registered Behavior Technicians) provide ABA services under the direct supervision of our BCBAs. Your treatment team may also include interdisciplinary collaboration between your BCBA and other providers, including but not limited to Speech and Language Pathologists (SLPs), Occupational Therapists (OTs), Physical Therapists (PTs), Teachers/Schools, Psychologists, or Psychiatrists.
The BACB (Behavior Analyst Certification Board) is the professional body responsible for certifying BCBAs and RBTs. In order to be eligible for the BCBA certification examination, individuals must have earned at least a Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis or a related field approved by the BACB, such as Education, Psychology, or Social Work. Those seeking certification are required to complete specific graduate-level coursework in Behavior Analysis and many hours of supervised experience.
Similarly, the RBT certification examination has eligibility requirements and is a national accreditation. The RBT certification reflects that the RBT completed training under a qualified BCBA, has proven competency in supervised field work, and passed the certification examination to become an RBT.
BCBA certifications are renewed every two years, and RBT certifications are renewed annually. Both certifications are maintained through ongoing supervision and continuing education. Parents, guardians, and caregivers should make sure they find providers who are accredited and trustworthy.
How does ABA Therapy Work?
In ABA, a “behavior” refers to anything observable that a person says or does, and covert, non-observable behavior like remembering, emotions, thinking, feeling, etc. “Behavior excesses” refers to the things a person says or does that are non-functional or pervasive, meaning it is happening too often, not enough, or in the wrong environment/setting.
One of the critical features of how ABA therapy works is an emphasis on the relationship between behavior and the environment. In other words, how a person’s behaviors can change the world around them, and how those changes can increase the the future likelihood of those behaviors.
Kadiant’s programs use reinforcement strategies that increase the future likelihood and variety of functional behaviors, and decrease the value of less functional behaviors, or behavior excesses. For example, if we’re trying to increase language—meaning, we want the client using a wider variety of words, longer sentences, or even just single utterances more often—it must be made clear that it is functional to use more language. In other words, there needs to be a “good reason,” and providing quality intervention includes increasing motivation, which makes targets more functional. We must make the connection between the value of engaging in particular behavior while balancing the preferences and interests of the client to maximize learning opportunities, and we accomplish this by observing a client’s behavior and determining why it takes place.
The basic principles of ABA are the environmental variables that impact behavior, and this relationship between environment and behavior has since become known as the ABCs of ABA.
- Antecedent: What initiates the behavior targeted for improvement
- Behavior: The behavior itself
- Consequence: What comes directly after the behavior that impacts the future likelihood of the behavior. In other words, what the client hopes to gain from their behavior
By understanding what precedes the behavior in question, what directly follows the behavior in question, and the client’s individual preferences and interests, ABA therapists can utilize natural motivation to increase functional and adaptive behaviors by altering their antecedents and consequences. This approach is also applied in decreasing behavior excesses.
What does an ABA session look like?
Each individual has their own set of unique skills and challenges. When it comes to personalized care, our Associate and Registered Behavior Technicians tailor each session according to the program developed by the BCBA and the motivations and interests of the client. We personalize our sessions to pave the path for personal milestones!
- Our standard session involves a Behavior Technician working 1:1 with the client while following the individualized treatment plan prescribed by the BCBA in collaboration with the family.
- Sessions are meant to be fun and filled with opportunities to learn!
- We utilize Natural Environment Teaching (NET) to capture the individual motivation of our clients that maximizes the fun! NET also maximizes opportunities for learning as it includes a mixture of play and structured teaching.
- Home, center, school, community, and telehealth-based services are available.
- Sessions typically last 2-3 hours depending upon the clinical recommendation for your child.
Where does ABA Therapy take place?
There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to ABA Therapy. We provide services in a variety of settings to offer the best opportunity for your child’s success in their ABA program. Many families choose to receive services in a mixture of settings based upon your goals for your child.
We can provide services
- in your own home,
- at one of our centers,
- in your child’s school to provide academic support,
- in the community (such as a childcare facility, after-school programs, extracurricular activities), or
- via telehealth
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do you measure progress in an ABA Program?
Observable behaviors sometimes associated with the descriptor of “anxiety” might include an increase in repetitive statements, which is a behavior that can be observed and measured. Consequently, even though treatment may include strategies to reduce anxiety, the only way to evaluate the effectiveness of that treatment is to measure observable behavior.
For example, we might count the number of repetitive statements targeted for decrease (meaning we want less of the repetitive statements), as these are what we observe from a particular individual’s presentation of anxiety. The interventions targeted for increase (meaning the behaviors we want to see more of, or in place of the repetitive statements) may be functional communication skills, adaptive living skills, or breathing practices as alternatives to the “anxiety” related behavior of repetitive statements.
Our Behavior Technicians record data on observable behavior throughout each session using tablets and a HIPAA-compliant web-based ABA data collection platform. Each data point collected is tracked to measure progress over time, and flag areas where changes need to be made to the program by the BCBA. The data collected during sessions informs all future treatment decisions. If progress is not being made, Kadiant’s clinical team will make modifications to the plan that include feedback and guidance from you as the family, the client themselves, and any other stakeholders within the client’s treatment team to ensure we are meeting our clients where they are, and giving them the best opportunity to reach treatment goals, milestones, and make meaningful change that matters.
Does insurance cover ABA Therapy?
All 50 states have passed autism insurance legislation! However, each state navigates the provisions of these services differently, so you should always check with your provider to confirm coverage for services, verify network participation, and inquire about the required documentation. We’d be happy to help you verify your benefits!
What do I need to start ABA Therapy?
Health insurance providers typically require a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) from a physician and a prescription for ABA therapy in order to cover this treatment.
Who can provide an autism diagnosis?
- Developmental Pediatricians
- Pediatric Neurologists
- Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists
- Psychologists who hold a PhD and specialize in diagnosis and treatment (may include clinical, school, or neuro-psychologists, etc.)
Who writes the prescription for ABA Therapy?
- If you choose to pursue ABA Therapy following a diagnosis of ASD, then a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) will perform an assessment to make a clinical treatment recommendation for therapy, and write the necessary prescription or authorizations for your insurance providers to approve and reimburse ABA treatment and the related therapy.
Always feel free to reach out to us and ask for assistance in finding a diagnostician if you are having trouble identifying a provider in your area. Our team of Clinical Intake Specialists are here to support you throughout the entire process, from inquiring about our services to scheduling your first session with our Kadiant team.
When an inquiry is submitted to us, we will contact you to learn more about you and your family and we will aspire to find the best placement according to your family’s unique situation. In the initial call with an intake specialist, we will collect information regarding your child, your family’s location, types of services you are seeking, and type of insurance coverage to ensure we can assemble the best team and services for your needs.
Why should I choose Kadiant for my child's care?
Kadiant provides a platform for a holistic approach to treatment – where our families are equal partners in the development and implementation of their programs and goals, where interdisciplinary collaboration is encouraged, and where the highest level of ethical, kind, people-centered, and evidence-based services and supports are provided by our team. Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Behavior Technicians are experienced, passionate, and ready to provide the medically necessary services and support to help your learner shine bright!
Kadiant offers a wide variety of individualized services to fit your needs and preferred setting, including:
- In-home, center, school, and community-based ABA services
- Comprehensive and focused ABA programs
- Social Skills Groups
- Extensive evaluations and assessments
- Individualized parent training
- Self-help and functional living skills, and
- Behavior management.
You will be involved at each stage of services, including:
- Collaborating to establish and implement goals and targets
- Feedback during the pairing process with your Treatment Team
- Ongoing data collection and review
- Parent/Caregiver training
- Meetings with the Treatment Team to discuss progress, update goals and targets, and maintaining continuity of care
With the Kadiant team you can expect feedback, modeling of skills, coaching, and ongoing session involvement! We are all here to work as a team, and we are grateful to be part of your journey!
YOU are the most important part of what we do in ABA. At Kadiant, we create our programs to specifically meet your child’s needs, skills, and potential, but it is our ultimate goal to work together with you to make those programs successful!
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What is your COVID-19 Policy?
We follow strict safety protocols in all of our treatment settings as outlined by the CDC. Kadiant has a COVID Response Team that ensures we are adhering to the latest local guidelines in all of the regions we serve. Please follow this link to learn more about our COVID-19 policy.
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