What is ABA therapy?
Applied Behavior Analysis is an evidence based practice based on the science of learning and behavior. ABA therapy can be used to teach developmental skills including language and communication, social play, academics and imitation. ABA therapy is an effective practice in the treatment of problem behavior and includes analyzing data to determine the function and identify replacement behavior. Here at SBLS we use various applications of ABA to build on the child's strengths and further develop their skills. Some of the approaches utilized are Discrete Trial Training (DTT),Natural Environment Teaching (NET), Verbal Behavior (VB), Behavioral Skills Training (BST) and more.
What is Autism?
DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria defines Autism Spectrum Disorder 299.00 (F84.0) as persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts and restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities. Symptoms may cause clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of current functioning.
Some signs of Autism include:
- Lack of response to his or her name
- Avoiding eye contact and preferring to be alone
- Difficulty expressing and understanding
- Delayed speech and language skills
- Repeating words and phrases over and over
- Difficulty adjusting to minor changes in schedule/routine
- Obsessive or restricted interests
- Hand flapping, body rocking or spinning in circles
- Unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look or feel
Insurance Coverage for ABA
Insurance companies vary in their coverage for ABA therapies from state to state. You will need to check your policy to determine if ABA services will be covered or reimbursed. We at SBLS accept most insurance companies. If you would like to find out if your health insurance covers ABA therapy please complete our Secure Intake Form.
We now accept the following insurance carriers:
- BCBS- Horizon
If you do not see your insurance carrier listed please contact us.
Components of a Quality ABA program
Some components of a high quality ABA program include:
- Individualized Programming
- Data Collection and Analysis
- Team Meetings
- Parent/Caregiver Training
- Coordination of Care