Adora Alliance serves families affected by the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related disorders. We use the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in our therapy to help these individuals reach their full potential. Our intention is to empower families, helping them gain the skills required to seek new opportunities for their child.
Applied Behavior Analysis
ABA is a scientific discipline based upon the principles of learning to change socially significant behaviors. ABA therapy will look at your child’s natural motivators and determine how best to utilize those to modify certain behaviors.
Board-Certified Behavior Analyst
A BCBA is a licensed professional who has completed their course work in ABA and passed the board exam. BCBAs will assess your child using various tools to determine where their skill sets fit in the developmental stage. This assessment allows the BCBA to build a tailored “Treatment Plan” based on your child’s individual needs. The treatment plan will include your child’s current level and the long-term goal for that skill. Within the long-term goal, there will be sub-goals in order to break the task up to teach the skills in small easily obtainable steps. The ultimate goal is to make sure that both you and your child feel successful!
The BCBA will take your concerns into account when making the treatment plan. Goals for treatment plans must be measurable and purposeful before they can be approved by an insurance provider. Once you and the BCBA have agreed on the treatment plan, it will be submitted to your insurance provider for approval.
Once approved, your BCBA will introduce you to your treatment team. The team will include one or more Behavior Technicians/Registered Behavior Technicians (BT or RBT). The BT or RBT is trained by the BCBA on all of your child’s goals and will regularly be in the home, community, or school setting working one-on-one with your child towards mastering their goals. The BCBA will provide supervision to the BT or RBT, regular parent training, and will modify the treatment plan as needed. Your child may receive anywhere from 15 to 40 hours a week of therapy depending on availability and insurance limitations.
What should I expect from ABA?
The answer varies from family to family depending on what your hopes are for your child. But what everyone can expect to see is progress. ABA is not a cure, but rather techniques that are used to approach and treat certain behaviors. With that said, ABA can only be successful if everyone in contact with your child follows the recommended techniques. BCBAs will happily coordinate with other agencies or providers that you may have to ensure that all parties are on the same page.
ABA is not permanent. We hope that eventually your child will no longer need our services! With family participation, training, and a strong treatment team, recovery is possible!
We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.
–Franklin D. Roosevelt