The science behind ABA
Applied Behavioral Analysis or ABA is a science that helps us understand why certain behaviors occur by analyzing the environment.
The science of ABA originated in 1960’s, with the goal of increasing helpful behaviors and reducing or replacing behaviors that interfere with learning. Since then, application of ABA has had tremendous results in producing positive outcomes with thousands of research papers supporting ABA’s effectiveness.
How ABA works
1 Takes complex tasks and breaks them down into small, simple steps that are easily taught
2 Based on 3-term contingency (Antecedent-Behavior-Consequence)
3 Uses positive reinforcement to increase learning
4 Focused on identifying what motivates your child
what does a good aba program look like?
- Treatment should be based on your child’s specific need
- Sessions should be fun and engaging
- Program should be data driven
- Do not be surprised if the same program is run several times in a day, repetition and practice are key to learning
- Learning may take place at an ABA center, around the home or behind a desk, or outside in the community
- Your child should leave the session feeling accomplished
Why start ABa now?
Neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to change and adapt through growth and reorganization, peaks when individuals are young (from birth to 6, and during puberty). In order to maximize the outcome, it is best to receive services before your child is legally required to attend school.
HOW many hours are recommended?
Although every child is different and treatment plans are highly individualized, programs that offer 25+ hours per week targeting a wide range of skills across domains are recommended and proven by research to result in greatest gains.
How to pay for aba services?
Private Insurance: vast majority of private insurance plans cover ABA.
Medicaid: State Medicaid agencies are required to reimburse ASD treatment for beneficiaries under 21. Please contact your local Medicaid office to find out if your are eligible.
Self-funded Plans: self-funded plans are not subject to State mandates, instead the employer chooses which benefit to offer. A large number of these plans have added ASD treatment benefits voluntarily. You would need to check with your employer’s Human Resources department to find out whether this benefit is provided or can be added.