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Yes, we are contracting with most of the major insurance companies, including Husky A, C and D.
Applied Behavior Analysis is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behavior.
Yes. Changing behavior is a lot of work, not just on our part but on yours as well. As therapists, we’re only with families a few hours a week. The real behavior change starts when parents/guardians/teachers/job coaches, etc. are all on the same page with the interventions programmed. We will provide you with all the tools and support that you need, but without everyone on board and committed to changing their own behavior, it will likely be much harder to change the behavior of an individual with special needs.
This question is difficult to answer simply because every individual is different. Some learn very fast; others need more prompting. Some skills are harder to learn than others, so what we are teaching will affect the results as well. But here’s what I can tell you. One of the main things that influence a behavioral program is the program quality. Our behavioral team is held to high standards and multiple people will work with your family to ensure that you are getting the highest quality programming possible. The more hours that can be put in, the higher the likelihood of quicker results. But we also understand that families today have lives to lead; ballgames to attend, school events, dance recitals, etc. and we are willing to work with you around the schedule you have to ensure we’re capitalizing on the time we can spend together.
This is, unfortunately, one of the biggest misconceptions of ABA. Not all people learn the same; therefore the teaching methods vary rapidly between individuals. If a program is not varying their teaching methodologies, they are not very behavior analytic. Not all teaching methods are discrete trial/table work. And all programs should strive for generalization or the ability of the individual to use what is learned in natural settings. Sometimes, this may require using less words, using movements or visuals, whatever is needed to help learning, but the ultimate goal is to fade all of these interventions and have them function in society as effectively as possible.
This day and age, it is difficult to find an individual that doesn’t receive multiple types of interventions. Our behaviorists are adept at working with interdisciplinary teams to ensure that the other therapies and any medications used are as effective as they can be. That being said, please ensure that the team knows about any alternative therapy approaches or medications that are being utilized so we can best support the system you have in place.
Absolutely not to both! ABA has made huge gains in the fields of geriatrics, traumatic brain injury, animal behavior and many other areas. It has received the most notoriety for its effectiveness with Autism, but it is by no means limited to it. Behavior analysis is the study of behavior; it does not have to be human, it does not have to be children, it does not have to be Autism. CBC owner Jenna Waz spent a lot of her career working for a state-funded crisis team in Illinois that worked with adults, ages 21 and up.
My devotion to the field of ABA and its results runs deep, but I will openly admit there is no magic wand. A lot of problem behaviors have been occurring for a long time, and breaking these habits can be difficult and time-consuming. It is 100 percent possible that, with consistency and fidelity, it can be done, but it is not always a quick and easy fix. Then there are other times where the simplest of interventions is effective immediately! It’s very individualized. But since developmental disabilities have no known ‘cause,’ there is no known ‘cure.’ ABA can help make an individual a functional member of society with the right interventions and supports in place.
Schools are not the easiest to get into, but it is not impossible either. I will say that most insurance companies will not cover ABA in the school. Schools are considered their own entity that is responsible for obtaining services for their students. Therefore, CBC is willing to contract with the schools directly to assist your child if that is where the help is needed.