Parents’ Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Programs for Autism and Related Disorders
Autism Behavior Intervention and Treatment
What is Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy (ABA Treatment)?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific, systematic and evidence-based approach to understanding and changing behavior in order to improve people’s lives. By analyzing how an individual’s current behaviors function — meaning how those behaviors meet certain needs in a particular environment — a behavior analyst can identify ways to modify the environment and teach new skills that will improve an individual’s health and safety, ability to communicate, social relationships and independence.
For example, in an ABA session, a behavior therapist will reinforce desired behaviors or functional skills by providing desired outcomes, such as a candy, toys, games, praise, etc., when a desired behavior is exhibited. Behavior therapists will withhold reinforcements when undesired behaviors, such as tantrums and aggression, are displayed. Students quickly learn that desired behaviors will easily and quickly bring them desired results, whereas undesired behaviors will not bring about desired outcomes. Over time, prompts and rewards are gradually removed to help the student learn to integrate desirable behavior in natural environments.
Research has shown that ABA is a very effective treatment for students with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental delays.
Applied Behavior Analysis Explained
You’re the parent or family member of a child that has just been diagnosed with autism or a child who displays excessive behaviors. Or, you’re a parent who’s not exactly sure what the problem is, just that something is a little different about your child’s development. Wherever you are on your individual journey, there is hope. Hope through a caring partnership; hope through a network of compassionate, trained professionals; hope through positive progress and milestones.
Trumpet Behavioral Health understands your fears, hopes, anxieties and dreams about your child’s development. We work closely with parents and family members affected by autism to help improve behavioral challenges by implementing positive change techniques. These techniques decrease challenging behaviors at home, with extended family, and in school environments.
When your child is diagnosed with a developmental disability, it can be incredibly overwhelming and at times shocking. As a parent, or a family member living with someone who’s been recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), you face daily challenges that don’t impact other families. You probably face more demands on your time, energy and even finances than other people do. You may not even know where to turn for help. Trumpet Behavioral Health can help you get started in your journey toward hope. We’ve put together this guide to outline some of the first steps you should take.
- Of foremost importance, it’s crucial to pursue needs-based care. The needs of the child are very important, but the needs of the caregivers and family must also be considered.
- To obtain the best care, seek Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy uses the well-established principles of learning to decrease negative behaviors and increase communication and life skills. This treatment is a research-based intervention for helping children and adolescents with autism and other developmental disabilities. The emphasis is on proven outcomes.
- Secure educational services, available either through the state department of education or department of health. A local regional center or community-centered board (CCB) can also be helpful in identifying the local, state and federally funded programs for people with developmental disabilities. Community-centered boards serve as liaisons between the department of health and in some cases the department of education funding and community resources.
- Clarify insurance coverage or financial assistance. Start by talking with the employee benefit manager at your place of employment. This professional can help determine if certain disabilities are deemed medically necessary to treat. Twenty-seven states have health insurance mandates for the behavioral treatment of children with autism. If insurance will not cover treating the disability, it’s very important to appeal on behalf of the child.
- Seek family/community support. Many communities have support groups for parents and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other developmental disabilities. These include the Autism Society or the Down’s Syndrome Association. There are also many online chat-rooms for specific disabilities.
At Trumpet Behavioral Health, our goal is to help children and adolescents on the autism spectrum reach their potential. We help by providing individualized educational and clinical services. As a devoted, capable partner with you, we offer compassionate care coupled with professionalism and skilled training. We combine expertise and knowledge with clinical, technical and interpersonal skills to achieve successful behavioral outcomes …all with the goal of making your family’s life easier.
To begin, we work with you to create an individualized behavior program for your child based on what we learn from behavioral interviews and scientifically validated assessments. This information serves as a baseline as we fine-tune the treatment plan with additional observations. Our programs reflect the latest research on behavioral treatment and are based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
Our services include:
- In-home Behavior Management Consultation
- Home Program Design
- Behavior Plan Development
- Parent Coaching and Support
- Parent Education Program
- Weekly Instructional Programs:
- Practical Advice for Solving Childhood Behavioral Challenges
- Four-Hour Child Management Workshops
- Intensive Behavioral and Educational Support Services:
- Early Intervention Services (Evidence-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)): Language and Social Development
- Language Assessment, Program Design and Implementation
- Functional Communication Training
- Independent Living Skills
- Social Skills Programs
- Insurance-Reimbursed Services including TRICARE (Military Family Services), UBH, Cigna, Humana, BCBS and more