Parents interested in learning more about the services offered by AFP can complete a preliminary application and set up a time to talk to a consultant. The purpose of this initial meeting is to give a basic overview of applied behavior analysis, answer questions about the program and our approach, discuss costs, and answer questions about insurance coverage.
If we mutually agree to proceed with a home-based program, we will begin to gather information about your child, schedule an initial assessment, and begin to put together a team of professionals. In addition to the consultant, each child will have his or her own team made of 2 to 4 therapists. To maintain a high level of quality service, all members of the team will meet once every other week for 2 hours. The consultants will review the data to ensure the child is making adequate progress and to adjust the teaching strategies whenever necessary. The consultants will directly observe each therapist working with the child. One-to-one therapy sessions lasting between 2 and 3 hours are scheduled throughout the week.
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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a comprehensive approach to teaching developmentally important behavior. ABA practitioners carefully observe, assess, and teach skills that help children and adults become more independent. CEAS creates programs that teach language, activities of daily living (e.g., toileting, feeding, dressing, and personal hygiene), fine and gross motor skills, play skills, social skills, academic skills. When necessary, we develop programs to reduce problematic behaviors that often interfere with learning new skills (e.g., excessive tantrumming and aggression). AFP creates individualized programs that continually assess current progress and keep the child moving forward. A developmental approach is taken to ensure that your child will posses all the basic skills needed to succeed in obtaining more complex skills later on.
The first step in choosing an ABA consultant is to ensure that the practitioner is certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst has a master’s degree and supervised experience. Next, it is important to ensure that the BCBA is qualified to implement a program for individuals with autism. Many BCBAs do not have the necessary training and supervision to oversee a home-based program; not every BCBA has worked with a child with autism. Click on this link for official BCBA guidelines. Our line therapists have a bachelor’s degree in psychology or a closely related field.
You can expect several things to happen during every therapy session. Behavior analysts collect lots of data, and they make clinical decisions based upon this data. It is very important that data collection remains consistent across therapists. Because data collection is so important, the first 15 to 20 minutes of a therapy session will be allotted to setting up data sheets, reading notes recorded by other members of the team, and setting up the teaching materials for the session. Then, the therapists will begin teaching, following the program established by the consultant and the associate consultant. During the final 15 to 20 minutes of the session, the therapists record their data, write a session-summary note, and put all of the teaching materials away. Recording data and writing a summary note is very important for insurance purposes.
Your role as a parent is imperative for the success of the program. Most parents attend the weekly team meeting to be informed of all the new skills the child is learning. Parents’ cooperation aids in generalizing new skills outside of therapy sessions and reducing problematic behavior. Your consultant will also include parent goals in your childs development plan. Throughout the week your team will include you in your childs therapy and you will be trained on taking data and interpreting your childs progress. Back to Top
The consultant will bring the majority of the necessary materials to the initial assessment. These materials will be kept in a designated place in your home, so that they are always accessible to the team. The team will periodically ask for items that can be used as reinforcers during their sessions. These may include snacks, toys, preferred movies or any number of other items that are motivating for your child.
We will work with the family to decide the proper amount of therapy based on age, development levels. Our ABA programs are intensive and focus on rapid skill acquisition. Our programs address many of the skills taught by other disciplines, but we utilize scientifically based teaching strategies.