ABA Therapy is conducted 1:1 and in small groups, as appropriate. A typical early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) program is 30-40 hours per week. An assessment, along with a records review and parent interview, guides the medically necessary treatment planning.
A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) will be assigned to your child. Each BCBA has a team or pod of Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT)s who are trained to work with your child. Our goal is for your child to enjoy coming here. Therefore, breaks from learning include brief trips to the YMCA or outside or to our play rooms. We also work in tablet time, Wii games, food preparation, and other activities to keep your child engaged with our teaching.
You will be scheduled for Parent Training as part of the treatment. It is critical that you understand the lingo we use and the basis for our interventions. While ABA may seem like common sense (and it is), we want to be certain that we have full parental buy-in for your child's treatment. ABA is evidence-based, so we collect data to make decisions. We need to know what works and what does not work. Therefore, adherence to a certain protocol is essential before modifying.
Parent meetings are also a vital part of our treatment. Team meetings with parents help ensure the team understands your challenges (and successes) at home. This understanding will lead to more effective teaching and generalization of skills.
Skills targeted are based on the deficits associated with the diagnosis of autism as defined by the DSM-V. These skills include language, social skills, and behavioral excesses and deficits. Toileting and food selectivity are two examples of skills that are also included in skill building. Parents are interviewed as part of the intake process to determine priority of skill development. It is imperative that skills have social validity (a skill that is useful to the child in his/her natural environment) and are generalized to all environments/people/other stimuli that the child encounters in his/her life.
ABA therapy is a process that requires committed involvement by all members of the team. CAC is here to provide that deep commitment in the treatment journey for your child.
To enroll, please download the enrollment application and email to our Family Services Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (260)459-6040
ABA in a School Setting ("School Aide")
For learners in the school setting, we offer ABA services to support skill acquisition/behavior management related to symptoms of autism as evidenced by the DSM-V, or "School Aide." For example, if a learner has Social/Communication deficits such as deficits in nonverbal communicative behaviors used for social interaction, we may target hand raising for questions to the teacher, or turning his/her paper over when finished and looking at the teacher. The team will determine the targeted skills/behavior change. Please note that the role of the CAC team is not to target academic skills but rather to remediate the symptoms of autism in order for the learner to acquire skills from the natural environment. For example, if a learner attends to his fingers rather than to the teacher, the RBT will redirect the learner to the teacher and reinforce lower rates of attending to fingers (or reinforce higher rates of attending to the teacher).
Data is collected daily and provided to the parents/guardians. Typically, a Children’s Autism Center RBT/BCBA are permitted in non-public schools only. Some public schools will permit a BCBA to observe and collaborate with the team. Please consult with your school principal to determine the extent of intervention that your school allots.
Typically, the school setting is not covered by insurance. Some school systems will cover the cost of a CAC RBT in the classroom. Others will allow coverage for the BCBA. More commonly, parents pay out of pocket for this service. We do provide a reduced cash rate for this service.