Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a systematic, one-on-one intervention, based on behavioral principles, that focuses on skill development. BTS of MN work with children and families to further develop skills in communication, socialization, and behavior regulation. Specifically, ABA therapy has been an effective intervention for teaching children to talk and to interact more effectively with peers and adults. Treatment objectives will be developed to help increase positive behaviors and skills, maintain and generalize behaviors, and reduce repetitive and restricted behaviors.
Treatment is individualized and is based on a comprehensive skills assessment. Services are provided in the child’s home, as well as in community and school settings to encourage generalization of skills. Early ABA researchers found that children with autism were not learning from their environment as effectively typically developing children. Therefore, it is up to ABA therapists, caregivers and teachers to develop a therapeutic environment in which children can learn most effectively. Our ultimate goal is to help each child develop skills that will enable him or her to be as independent and successful as possible.
In order to establish a consistent therapeutic environment for your child, we require on-going parent involvement, including weekly family skills session participation. Parents will learn how to facilitate the use of their child’s newly acquired skills at home and in the community.
ABA services are conducted within the home. Our program options include:
The Supervising Psychologist will work together with the family to determine which program will best suit each child’s individualized needs.
This program provides comprehensive one-to-one treatment for young children who have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Intensive Early Intervention Behavior Therapy Services (IEIBTS) are strongly supported by research as being the most effective treatment currently available for children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Research strongly indicates that best outcomes are accomplished when a child’s program is intensive. Therefore, we require a commitment of at least 30 to 40 hours per week of therapy to help your child reach their fullest potential. The number of therapy hours recommended for each child is based on the results of a comprehensive assessment.
Early programming typically focuses on the development of foundational skills, including the following: Establishing a broader range of reinforcing items and activities, responding to basic instructions, imitation skills, matching and sorting, communication skills (e.g. requesting, receptive labeling, expressive labeling), social interaction skills (e.g. responding name, eye contact, physical play), play skills, and reduction of restricted and repetitive behaviors.
Intensive behavior therapy services are provided to school-aged children on the autism spectrum. This service typically focuses on treating children who attend school on a ½ day basis. The level of service intensity will depend on the needs of the child and family. As with IEIBTS, services are provided in home, community, and school settings. Programming often focuses on further developing communication and socialization skills, as well as the reduction of repetitive or other problematic behaviors. The skills to be targeted depend on the need areas of the child. Therapeutic needs are identified through the assessment process.
If you are interested in ABA services, please contact our office to schedule an assessment to determine if your child would benefit from one of our programs.
*Funding: We are CTSS providers and accept medical assistance and Medica. Other plans may pay for services as well.