ABA Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions we’ve heard from families like yours
- What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the process of systematically applying interventions based on principles of learning to improve socially significant behaviors. ABA is an evidence-based approach that has been thoroughly researched and successfully proven effective. ABA emphasizes the development of skills in order to increase a learner’s independence.
- What can be treated with ABA?
ABA is used to treat essential skills that will bring several benefits to a learner’s life. Examples of benefits include increasing social skills, increasing requesting, improving and developing daily living skills, communication, toilet training, bedtime routines, feeding, and self-management. ABA can also be used to address repetitive and interfering behaviors.
- How does ABA work?
With ABA, skills are broken down into easily manageable units and taught in a very dynamic way by qualified and trained Board-Certified Behavior Analysis professionals. The therapist will use several learning methods based on a client’s goals. A typical treatment program might be to improve and increase a behavior; or to decrease challenging behaviors.
- What is the best age to start ABA?
Research indicates the sooner an individual receives ABA treatment, the better the outcome. ABA treatment can begin as early as 12 months old. Most importantly, ABA can be used to address any skills at any age!
- How long is therapy required?
Treatment amounts will vary with each client. A Behavior Analyst will review the comprehensive assessment results and consider the client’s safety and those around them, the severity and frequency of the behavior, family’s concerns and goals for the client, and desired outcomes. A Behavior Analyst will determine whether a client needs comprehensive treatment or a targeted / focused treatment. ABA treatment ranges from a couple of hours, up to 40 hours per week.
- How is treatment progress determined?
Treatment progress is not linear and varies from individual to individual. However, some factors may influence a client’s treatment progress. For instance, frequency of treatment, goals chosen, severity of the case, co-existing diagnosis, medication, behavior analyst training and experience. Family collaboration and involvement is essential in ABA treatment.
- What is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst?
A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) is a Master’s Level clinician eligible to independently deliver behavior analytic services. BCBAs provide supervision to Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBAs) and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT). More information regarding the BACB credential, coursework, and supervision hours required can be found here.
- What is a Registered Behavior Technician?
A Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) provides direct behavior analytic therapy services. Individuals who maintain the RBT credential complete a 40-hour training course, complete a criminal background check, competency assessment, and RBT examination.
Registered Behavior Technicians are required to be supervised by Board Certified Behavior Analysts. More information regarding the RBT credential, coursework, and supervision requirements can be found here.
- Where is ABA treatment provided?
ABA treatment can be provided in many settings. Typically, treatment occurs in a center, in-home, school, or in a community outing. The location will be determined by the client’s treatment goals and family preference.
- What is involved in parent training?
Parents and caregivers can expect to be involved in each treatment decision regarding their child. Parents and caregivers will learn about the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and how to implement these principles with their child on a daily basis. Parents will collect data to help guide treatment decisions and ensure continuity of care.
- What funding sources do you accept?
Kincare is proud to be an in-network provider with several insurers, and we accept insurances as an out-of-network provider. Please contact us for more information regarding our intake packet.
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