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Applied Behavior Analysis
We provide Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to children and adolescents to foster skill acquisition and reduce maladaptive behavior, with the ultimate goal of overall increased functionality and independence.
Well, technically...anyone can benefit from ABA! Though traditionally used for individuals diagnosed with ASD, Down Syndrome, ADHD, and other developmental delays, ABA can and has been utilized in a treatment of a wide array of issues, including addictions.
How It Begins: Assessments
ABA starts with an initial assessment of a person's skill repertoire and behavioral needs. Though the assessment is composed of several sections, the overall assessment is typically called a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA). During the FBA, we get to know you, whether you are the person being treated, a family member, or another caregiver. We not only spend time finding out about the specific individual being assessed and their needs, but also the needs of their family or other caregivers.
During assessments, we first find out information from you, then we determine solutions together.
Skill Acquisition First, we find out: Skills the individual is lacking, which skills are strengths, and which skills are top priority. Then, we determine: How best to teach these skills, based on our experience with behavior, and your experience as an individual with needs, a family member, or caregiver.
Behavior Reduction First, we find out: What negative behaviors the individual exhibits, as well as the most likely function--or purpose--of these behaviors. Then, we determine: The most appropriate methods to decrease the behavior. Once again, this is based on both our experience AND yours.
Three primary components constitute ABA Treatment:
- Behavior Reduction: Decreasing negative behaviors.
- Skill Acquisition: Increasing positive behaviors.
- Data Collection: Ongoing assessment and analysis.
Skill Acquisition Humans are required to utilize so many skills in order function independently on a daily basis. From speaking to other people, listening to them, and understanding social cues, to keeping up hygiene by showering and brushing, to keeping track of time, schedules, and appointments, life is tricky. Utilizing ABA methods, we teach these skills that foster independence in every day life.
Behavior Reduction For reducing negative behaviors such as aggression, self-injury, elopement (i.e., running away), tantruming, stereotypy, or any other behavior of concern, we create a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP). This is where we determine both preventive and intervention strategies for each behavior based on their function and the history of the individual exhibiting the behavior.
Data Data-taking is vital to ensuring that both Treatment Plans and Behavior Intervention Plans remain detailed, comprehensive, and--most importantly--effective. We constantly take data on treatment targets, which means,--when we do not see progress or are not meeting your goals--we change the treatment. Even when we do see progress, we also eventually change it in order to push the progress forward! This type of treatment fluidity allows us to keep up with you and your ongoing goals.
Where Does Treatment Take Place? At OGBC, we focus on treatment within the home, school, and community settings where those being served frequent. This allows us to involve family, educators, and other caregivers in treatment and growth, while also enabling those being served to generalize newly learned skills and behaviors across different places and situations.
OGBC currently also serves children at our ABA centers in the following locations:
Insurance - The Nitty Gritty Fortunately, because ABA has been proven so effective for treatment of behaviors in individuals with developmental delays, many insurance carrier plans cover most or all of ABA treatment. We are contracted with the majority of insurance carriers, including Medicaid, Anthem/BCBS, United, and Tricare. If you are covered by an insurance carrier with whom we are not credentialed, we can typically hammer out a single-case agreement with that carrier for specific clients.
For more information, call us at 720-400-4471, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.