Who would benefit from ABA services?
Any individual with a developmental disability (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disability, or Fragile X) can benefit from ABA services. Any child who displays “challenging or problem” behaviors or needs to learn new skills can also benefit from ABA. ABA services can be used to increase independence in adolescents and build job skills for adults. ABE is the science behind behavior and is applicable to all individuals to address socially significant behaviors.
At what age should services start?
We believe that services should start as soon as a developmental delay or Autism is suspected. Early intervention results in more positive outcomes for the child according to a well-documented body or research. BSP works with children as young as one year old.
Children of all ages can benefit form ABA and significant outcomes have been documented with adults as well.
How are specific services determined for my child?
We believe each child and family is unique. Our first contact with a family involces an extensive interview to determine what concerns you have about your child. Depending on the age of the child and his/her particular needs, we may conduct a developmental assessment, observe your child interacting with toys, challenges have been identified as a concern. Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Assessments may be conducted when needed.
Based on this information, BSP Clinical Staff make recommendations on the level of services needed to ameliorate the deficits, reduce behavioral challenges and increase functional skills. Given the specific concerns raised by the family and the level of services needed, BSP may recommend Parent Training and Consultation only or 1:1 Direct Intervention Services plus Parent Training and Consultation.
What is the format of Direct Intervention Services?
BSP utilizes a Mini Team model which includes three or more ABA trained staff working with your child and family.
- 1:1 intervention: The child works directly with a Behavior Therapist in the home or in the community on skill acquisition and reduction of challenging behaviors. These sessions typically last two hours in duration and are scheduled between two and five days a week (depending on the needs of the child).
- Parent Training and Consultation: A Parent Training Consultant (PC) works with the parent(s) of the child to teach the principles of ABA and how to apply these to your child. These sessions are typically two hours in duration and are conducted one day per week. If a child’s 1:1 hours are fading, increased PC hours will be recommended.
- Supervision: A supervisor oversees the integrity of your child’s treatment program by regularly observing 1:1 sessions (typically between four to eight hours a month), developing programs, analyzing data, writing progress reports and coordinating with other agencies.