What does Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) mean?
Why is early intervention so important?
ABA stands for Applied Behavior Analysis. At its core, ABA is an evidence-based discipline that examines the interactions between a child and their environment. With that information, our Behavior Analyst can assess the effect the environment has on the child's behavior. From there we can generate goals, monitor progress, and teach new learning styles so that parent and child can grow and develop skills that will help both increase quality of life issues while decreasing challenging behaviors.
Research shows that early intervention is important because children who learn these skills during key developmental stages are more likely to gain social skills needed to thrive. For parents, early intervention can better help prepare themselves for the everyday challenges of caring for their child. We're excited by the growth we see in our clients' lives. We know you will be too.
We work with children who have been given a diagnosis and prescription from their primary care physician.
Once your child has a diagnosis from your referring physician, we schedule an ABA evaluation. This is a two-day process, totaling four hours. We then create an individualized treatment plan with measurable goals and coordinate care with other behavioral health and medical providers.
“I had a chance to sit with DeAnna and Dan and communicate my concerns. They eased every fear while communicating how ABA principles should be implemented. They were able to empathize with me, support me, and care for my child.”
Satisfied Parent, West Monroe, LA
ABA Therapy Process
During the initial evaluation, one of our behavior analysts will interview you and observe your child to understand his/her skill level and motivation(s), as well as to determine how his/her negative behaviors are functioning as communication.
Individual Treatment Plan
Each child’s treatment plan is made up of measurable goals for addressing targeted behavior reductions, skill acquisition needs, parent goals and support, coordination of care with other behavioral health and medical providers, and a transition/discharge plan. Your child’s behavior analyst will meet with you 1-2 times each month for training, discussion, and support to help you succeed in carrying over your child’s treatment plan within the home and community settings.
Direct One-on-One Therapy
One of our behavior technicians will spend one‐on‐one time with your child each week to work on skills. Parent are able to observe through one‐way mirrors to see child’s session and learn skills that can be applied in other environments. Our behavior analyst will oversee update the plan as needed and meet monthly with the parent to review goals, progress and changes.
Home Implementation Training
When your child meets their goals, time at the clinic will decrease, as we hand off more responsibility to you as parents. Throughout the process, we help prepare and equip your family to address the behaviors at home so your child can thrive without outside help.