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WHAT IS APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS (ABA)?

The U.S. Surgeon General and the American Psychological Association recommends ABA as an evidence-based, best practice therapy for working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other related disorders. ABA is data driven and its results verify its usefulness, effectiveness, and quality.

ABA therapy, or Applied Behavior Analysis, is a comprehensive, behavior-based approach to working with individuals with autism. Clinicians and therapists, based on years of research, introduce more appropriate behaviors using a system of rewards and consequences. Often called the “gold standard” in autism treatment, ABA can also help aging adults adjust to changes like losses associated with memory, relationships and strength.

Registered behavior technicians work with learners in schools, homes, and institutional settings. Every behavior program is shaped specifically according to the unique behaviors, strengths, and needs of each individual receiving services. ABA therapists set measurable goals for each case, continually assess progress, and adapt treatments for individuals’ needs.

Our company and its partner companies provide trained professional teams that are experts in ABA therapy near you. Contact us today to learn about how we can help you and your family in the San Mateo and San Francisco Peninsula area!

HOW DOES ABA WORK?

ABA is a flexible treatment option that changes behaviors by encouraging appropriate responses and reducing challenging behaviors, like tantrums and repetitive behaviors. Services can be offered in-home, in schools, via telehealth, or out in the community. There are ABA specialists located near every major city.

Kids with autism benefit from ABA services as programs focus on teaching skills that can be used every day. Professionals might use one-on-one or group sessions to practice social, personal, developmental, or functional skills. Positive reinforcement is a core teaching tool in ABA as, when a positive behavior is rewarded with a positive reinforcer, the more likely a person is to continue engaging in that behavior in the future.

Rewards look different for each learner depending on their interests. For some, food might be a reward; for other individuals, certain toys, activities, or technology is their preferred method of reinforcement.

WHO PROVIDES ABA SERVICES?

Our services are provided by a team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs©) and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs©) in a variety of settings, including homes, schools, and communities in the San Francisco, San Mateo, Pacifica, and Foster City regions. In order to become certified in ABA, professionals must:

  • have at least a Master’s degree in behavior analysis or a related field;
  • complete a number of “supervision” hours under the structured guidance of an existing BCBA, as well as passing a certification exam; and
  • maintain that certification by completing a number of continuing education units (CEUs) every two years, and obtaining state licensure in some states.

Our clinicians are experts in their field and are constantly adding to their experience working on a wide range of cases with individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

ABA PROGRAMS HAVE SUCCESSFUL RESULTS

The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes the positive results that ABA-based interventions yield in autism spectrum disorders, as the results have been well documented.

When ABA clinicians work with families, they carefully observe clients, keep records, and analyze data to track progress or regression in various areas over time. These steps allow them to understand even the most challenging behaviors. Once practitioners have a clear picture based on the data shown, they can modify the client’s behavior plans to meet the family’s need. 

The board certified Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) who provide ABA are highly-skilled professionals. Some clinicians have advanced degrees in behavior management and autism and others are specialists in areas like education, psychology, and social work. Providers take classes and learn in real-life situations that teach them to observe, manage, and analyze challenging behaviors. Regardless of their background or education level, however, Kadiant provides extensive training to each team member and has established a comprehensive support network to enable the team member’s success in the field. Families can feel confident that when the come to Kadiant, they will experience expert, people-centered services.

WHAT QUESTIONS SHOULD I ASK WHEN LOOKING FOR ABA SERVICES?

There is no one-size-fits all when it comes to ABA services. It’s important that you feel comfortable and confident in the ABA service provider that you choose.

The following questions may help you determine whether a program provider is a good fit for you and your family’s needs:

  • How many BCBAs are on staff and can you describe the supervisory process and ratio (should be about 1 hour of supervision for every 5 hours of treatment)?
  • How many RBTs (Registered Behavior Technicians) are on staff and how do they fit into each team?
  • How many providers generally work with each client?
  • What kind of initial and ongoing training do RBTs receive? BCBAs?
  • Describe the BCBA supervision process, frequency, and duration
  • How do providers handle safety issues?
  • What do typical sessions include?
  • Consider setting(s) that best meet your needs and ask if intervention is available in those (e.g., clinic, home, community, school, etc.).
  • How are a client’s goals and objectives determined? Is the family’s input valued? How are differences resolved?
  • Are goals and objectives periodically re-evaluated? If so, how, and for what purpose?
  • How is progress measured? How often? To what end?
  • How much weekly therapy does the program include?
  • Is there a waiting list?
  • Does the program accept our insurance?
Asking these questions and considering the answers will help a family find the right program for their needs.

DOES INSURANCE COVER ABA SERVICES?

In most cases, Applied Behavior Analysis is covered by private insurance. However, coverage depends on the type of insurance a patient has and where they live.  In most states, Medicaid plans must cover medically necessary treatments for those under 21. Typically, if a physician prescribes ABA and deems it medically necessary, it must be covered. Please consult your insurance provider for specific information, or contact us directly and we will help you determine whether or not your insurance plan qualifies you to receive services.

HOW MUCH DOES ABA COST?

Families may wonder about the overall cost of ABA services, but there’s no hard-and-fast answer to this question. A number of factors influence the cost of initiating behavior therapy services for a child with autism, including how the program is structured, what services it provides, duration of services, and whether the the provider is in-network with the family’s insurance plan. To learn more about how Kadiant can work with your family, schedule a time with one of our intake specialists and they would be happy to answer your questions.

FIND THE RIGHT ABA SERVICES FOR YOUR CHILD

Parents interested in getting their children started with ABA therapy have a number of options at their disposal. Google is a great first resource, but don’t just choose the first practitioner that the search engine recommends when you search “ABA near me”. Make sure to also ask for recommendations from your local community and network, check the provider’s certifications, ask about their level of experience, and speak to a representative to see if you feel a good fit.

Location is important because the patient will need to attend sessions multiple times each week. Many providers offer limited service options, so make sure to ask about the service settings available (i.e. clinic, home, telehealth, school, community).

If they do their homework, parents should find that ongoing therapy will provide their children with the tools they need to succeed in school, at home, and beyond.

CONTACT US TODAY

At Kadiant, every team member in our organization is here to directly or indirectly help you and your family meet your needs. Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts and therapists can work together with you and your family in the San Mateo and San Francisco Peninsula region. To learn more about how we can help you, schedule a time to speak with us below!