ABA Therapy is a evidence based intervention that treats the symptomolgy autism spectrum disorders.
The ABA program provides supports based off the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA services will address specific behavior concerns and skill acquisition through individualized treatment protocol created by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Targets can include reducing maladaptive behaviors and replacing them with something more socially appropriate, teaching foundational skills to be successful in learning, social skills, and parent directed intervention. All clients will be seen with a 1:1 staff to client ratio, however, if appropriate for the clients goal they may be in a group setting to promote appropriate social skills, with the one on one support of a therapist. Additionally, parent training is a mandatory component of the program, to allow for generalization of the skills taught in the clinic.
Although ABA is an empirically validated intervention for individuals on the autism spectrum, ABA therapy is not limited intervention to only autism. ABA therapy can be beneficial for a variety of disorders such as FASD, ODD, and Down Syndrome to name a few.
The Children's Autism Program through Texas Health and Human Services provides financial support to focused ABA children to those who qualify. To qualify for the Children’s Autism program:
Client accepted into the children’s autism program will be eligible for up to 180 hrs per year of one on one therapy and small group therapy for up to 720 hr in a lifetime (until their 16th Birthday)
· Additionally, Temple accepts most insurances as well as private pay option.
*Fill out ABA paperwork
*Have a diagnosis of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
Have a pediatrician recommend ASD testing. Most cases the doctor will write a script for ASD diagnosis and refer you to a psychologist for testing.
ABA is a behavorial health service that focuses on a variety of needs such as communication, social skills, adaptive skills, and challenging behaviors.
We recommend the child attend services 2-3 times a week for 2 hours each time. ABA is proven most effective when the child is able to attend services as much as possible.
It will be based on your child's need and goals met during the services. Since ABA is a lifelong diagnosis, your child's goals/needs will change throughout their lives. Therefore, they could need ABA at various points in their lives, transitioning out of services when current goals have been met.