What is Applied Behavior Analysis?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the scientific discipline based on the principles of learning devoted to the understanding and improvement of human behavior. Board Certified Behaviors Analysts (BCBA's) and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) use ABA principles in therapy sessions to help children develop skills and improve in various developmental areas like communication and language, social skills, pre-academic skills, play skills, self-care, and more. We also use ABA to decrease challenging behaviors that interfere with learning and everyday living like tantrums, non-compliance, restrictive, rigid, and repetitive behaviors, food refusal, etc.
What services do you provide?
We provide early intervention center-based ABA programs for children with autism spectrum disorder ages 18 months- 6. We offer a half day program for toddlers and preschoolers as well as an after-school program for school aged children. Our programs utilize ABA methods to teach and enhance communication and language skills, imitation, social skills, pre-academic skills as well as decrease problem behaviors that interfere with learning and everyday living. ABA is one of the most recommended evidenced-based treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder. It has been endorsed by state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Surgeon General.
Where are services provided?
We provide therapy at our center in Coral Springs, FL. We do not provide home-based or community based therapy.
What is the age range of clients you work with?
The focus of our programs is early intervention, therefore we specialize in working with children ages 18 months to 6 years old. We continue to provides services for established clients that enroll before or by 6 years of age up until 8 years of age.
What are your operating days and hours?
Our ABA center is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM -5:30 PM EST.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes, we accept most major insurance plans! Although our programs are covered by most insurance plans, most plans will require a diagnosis of autism confirmed by a full diagnostic evaluation to cover the costs therapy. Visit our insurance page for more information.
What is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)?
A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)CBA is a graduate -level professional that specializes in Applied Behavior Analysis. BCBAs are mainly responsible for conducting behavior assessments, developing treatment plans, supervision and oversight to RBTS, parent training and direct therapy. To be certified at this level, BCBAs must obtain a master's degree, complete graduate level coursework in behavior analysis, complete a minimum of 1500 hours of supervised practical experience in ABA, and pass the BCBA certification exam.
What is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)?
A Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) is a paraprofessional who practices under the close, ongoing supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). RBTs are primarily responsible for the direct implementation of behavior-analytic services guided by the treatment plans and interventions designed by BCBAs. To be certified at this level, RBT's must complete an RBT training course, complete a competency assessment and pass the RBT certification exam.
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by deficits in social communication, social interactions and the presence of restricted, rigid, and repetitive patterns of behavior. Autism can be diagnosed as early as 18 months by a psychologists, pediatric neurologists, or developmental pediatricians. These practicantes use autism screenings such as the ADOS, CAR-2 and others to confirm a diagnosis. If you have concerns about your child's development and suspect that your child may have ASD, speak with your primary care physician who will try to rule out various potential medical causes such as hearing problems before diagnosing with Autism. You can also take the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised (M-CHAT-R) and discuss the results with your child's doctor. 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"
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