Applied Behavior Analysis
What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence based discipline built on the science of learning and behavior. ABA focuses on the analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of social and other environmental modifications to help individuals make meaningful behavior changes. The Kid SpOt Center uses Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBAs) and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) to provide ABA services to patients. The goal of The Kid SpOt Center’s ABA program is to shape children for their futures by producing behavior change through adapting environmental events in order to teach appropriate skills. Whether a patient struggles to communicate functionally, complete activities of daily living or engage in appropriate social interaction, ABA therapy addresses these, and other areas, through cultivating meaningful behavior change.
ABA therapy focuses on increasing communication, social relationships, and positive behaviors, while also working at decreasing learning deficits and challenging behaviors. Motor, language, academic, social, self-care, and behavioral skills are all facets of the program, but the treatment plans are flexible and built around the specific needs of an individual.
Each child receiving ABA services at The KSC will have a thorough initial assessment, individualized Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and a Behavior Support Plan (BSP). At The KSC, parents are a vital part of their child's ABA program and will have regular trainings with the supervising BCBA.
ABA providers at the KSC utilize evidence based strategies such as:
Discrete Trial Training
Natural Environment Teaching
Functional Communication Training
How long does Aba Therapy last?
How long your child’s ABA therapy lasts is completely dependent on several different factors. Each child is different and it’s impossible to give a concrete timetable on how long treatment will take. Some factors to take into consideration are the complexity and severity of your child’s behaviors' needs, the scope of your child's current skills' , the age of your child, your child’s learning history, and parental involvement.
In some cases, ABA therapy is a temporary intervention for your child’s development process. In other cases, the child may need to have long-term therapy to ensure the continuation of progress in certain areas, as well as reducing the chance of regression. Again, this will totally depend on the specific child and situation.
However, it’s important to remember that your child will be progressing, even if the changes are more subtle. Because ABA has so much evidence pointing to its effectiveness, it’s important to be patient and trust the process involved. Also, don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you can think of so that you fully understand how your child is developing.
Aba & insurance
Over the last decade or so, huge strides have been made in the awareness and development of ABA therapy. Because of this, over 200 million people have insurance coverage for ABA therapy and all 50 states now have mandated coverage for ABA. The details of your insurance plan will dictate what coverage you have.
Here is a list of insurances we network with:
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Aetna Better Health of Kentucky
Passport Health Plan by Molina Healthcare
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact your local Kid SpOt Center! They will be happy to help!