What is Applied Behavior Analysis?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science devoted to the understanding and improvement of human behavior. ABA focuses on objectively defining behaviors of social significance, intervening to improve those behaviors while demonstrating a reliable relationship between the interventions and behavior improvements. ABA is the # 1 evidenced based treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder. As Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), we use comprehensive functional behavior assessments, data collection, observations, and a number of other tools to discover environmental variables that reliably influence challenging behaviors and design interventions to decrease them while teaching appropriate replacement behaviors. We also utilize evidence-based curricular and skills assessments to identify skill deficits across a variety of critical domains and design instructional programs to teach new adaptive behaviors and skills using numerous ABA methodologies.
What is a BCBA?
A BCBA is a graduate -level professional certified in Applied Behavior Analysis. To be certified at this level, individuals must complete graduate level coursework in behavior analysis, posses an acceptable graduate degree from an accredited university, complete a minimum of 1500 hours of supervised practical experience, and pass the BCBA certification exam.
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by deficits in social interactions, social communication and by restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior. Autism can be diagnosed as early as 18 months by either a psychologist, psychiatrist, pediatric neurologist, or developmental pediatrician through a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation which can include: direct observation, caregiver interview, cognitive/development assessment, medical examination, review of relevant medical records. Concerns about developmental delays should first be discussed with a primary care physician who will try to rule out various potential medical causes such as hearing problems before diagnosing with Autism. ASD diagnostic criteria are described by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in its Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V).
What are some of the early signs of Autism?
According to the National Autism Center (2020), "Autism spectrum disorder typically appears during the early years of life. Early assessment and early intervention are crucial to a child’s long-term success". Some of the early warning signs for Autism include:
no social smiling by 6 months
no one-word communications by 16 months
no two-word phrases by 24 months
no babbling, pointing, or meaningful gestures by 12 months
poor eye contact
not showing items or sharing interests
unusual attachment to one particular toy or object
not responding to sounds, voices, or name
loss of skills/regression at any time"
What services do you provide?
We provide Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment and therapy for children with Autism and developmental delays. We specialize in early intervention ABA. We also provide verbal behavior therapy to teach language, behavioral feeding therapy, parent training, functional behavior assessments, skills assessments and more. ABA Therapy is the leading, research-based methodology proven to bring about positive, meaningful change in behavior in individuals with autism and learning disabilities. ABA has been endorsed by state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Surgeon General. At Pivotal Achievements, we have used ABA methodologies to effectively target communication deficits, food selectivity, toilet training, reduce challenging behavior, increase compliance, academic skills, socialization, play, self-care, independence, and more.
What are your operating days and hours?
Our ABA center is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM -6:30 PM EST. Our Early Achievements Day Program runs from 9:00 AM-1:30 pm and our After School Achievements Program is available during two times slots after school: 2:30-4:30 PM and 4:30-6:30 PM. The number of days and hours for treatment will be determined based on the results from the initial assessment as well as client and staff availability. Block times available will be discussed at that time.
Where are services provided and what locations do you service?
At this time, services will only provided in our ABA center in Coral Springs, FL. We service families residing in cities in Broward and Palm Beach counties.
What is the age range of clients you work with?
We specialize in early intervention ABA treating children between the ages of 18 months -8 years old.
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