Will ABA Benefit My Child?
Is your child…
…having difficulty learning?
…having problems acquiring new skills?
…having difficulty communicating?
…experiencing problem behaviors* that get in the way of functioning?
If your child has any of these or other concerning behaviors, an ABA-based approach to behavior intervention may be useful.
*Problem behaviors may include temper tantrums, aggression, or self-injury.
Understanding (and modifying) behavior in the context of environment is the basis for ABA therapies.
"Behavior" refers to all kinds of actions and skills (not just misbehavior).
"Environment" includes all sorts of physical and social events that might change or be changed by one's behavior.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), how it can help individuals with autism, and how to access services
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Parents Guide to ABA
This tool kit is an informational guide to Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). It is designed to provide you with a better understanding of ABA, how your child can benefit, and where/how you can seek ABA services.
ABA is a set of principles that form the basis for many behavioral treatments. ABA is based on the science of learning and behavior. This science includes general “laws” about how behavior works and how learning takes place. ABA therapy applies these laws to behavior treatments in a way that helps to increase useful or desired behaviors. ABA also applies these laws to help reduce behaviors that may interfere with learning or behaviors that may harmful. ABA therapy is used to increase language and communication skills. It is also used to improve attention, focus, social skills, memory, and academics. ABA can be used to help decrease problem behaviors.
ABA is considered an evidence-based “best” practice treatment by the US Surgeon General and by the American Psychological Association. “Evidence based” means that ABA has passed scientific tests of its usefulness, quality, and effectiveness.
Insurance Coverage for ABA
Insurance companies vary in their willingness to pay for ABA therapies. Policies also differ from state to state. You will need to check your policy to determine if ABA services will be covered or reimbursed.
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