Our approach to Applied Behavior Analysis
What is the purpose of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?
Both in home and clinic, our purpose is to identify skill deficits in areas such as communication, socialization, and functional life skills that may contribute to challenging behaviors. We then develop individualized treatment plans that focus on teaching skills and functional communication based on evidence-based practices. This might include altering the environment, teaching replacement behaviors, and reinforcing new behaviors.
How do I get an appointment?
- Both in-home and clinic: You will then be contacted regarding your availability and an assessment will be scheduled with the BCBA, or you may be placed on a waitlist if there is not an opening during your availability.
- If you are interested in services, call 434.200.5750, option 4 for ABA services.
How long are appointments, and how often will my child see you?
Both in-home and clinic, a typical ABA session is around 2-4 hours and can range from 3-5 days a week depending on the hours recommended by the BCBA based on the results of the assessment. The total hours' recommendation is individualized but typically ranges from 10-15 hours per week.
Who will be working with my child?
- In-home: typically 1-2 behavior technicians are assigned to work with your child with the BCBA providing client contacts at least 2 times per month.
- Clinic: typically there will be 2 behavior technicians assigned to work with your child, however, BTs may rotate to avoid interruption in services due to staff vacation or illness. The BCBA will provide client contacts for each BT at least 2 times per month.
Where are the sessions held?
- In-home ABA: Behavior Technicians come to the family’s home or meet the family in the community.
- Clinic ABA: The patient and caregiver typically meet with Behavior Technicians at the clinic, however, community goals could also be addressed at the clinic if indicated.
Who is involved in ABA sessions?
- In-home ABA: The patient and a parent or caregiver must be present for the entire session. Parents may not leave the home and are encouraged to be involved in sessions. Parent goals are incorporated into treatment and are addressed at least monthly.
- Clinic: Parents are encouraged to be involved in sessions and parent goals are required by insurance and incorporated into treatment. These are addressed at least monthly.
When are appointments scheduled?
- In-home: Typically Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., with weekend sessions as available.
- Clinic: Monday – Friday 8-12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m.
What is done in session?
A Behavior Technician (BT/RBT) will work one on one with your child under the supervision and direction of the BCBA. Skills will be taught in the natural environment as well as at the table (if appropriate for that individual). Skills are taught based on assessments conducted for each individual user to identify areas for teaching. When behaviors arise, these are worked through using evidence-based ABA techniques in addition to teaching replacement behaviors. Data is taken throughout the session and is used to determine progress and any needed changes to teaching.
How long will this be needed?
An individualized service plan will be written for the first 6 months and the need for services will be reassessed every 6 months. The time frame is individualized based on progress.
What is my role in treatment?
- Parents are required to participate in both ABA sessions and individualized parent training a minimum of once a month.
- Parent involvement may include observing your child in session, meeting with the BCBA to discuss progress, concerns or specific skills or working directly with your child during ABA sessions.