What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis: the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve behaviors to a meaningful degree, and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behavior (Baer, Wolf, & Risley, 1968).
ABA is a scientifically valid approach to understanding behaviors (in ABA terms, discovering the "function"), hence, understanding equals the ability to change!
ABA focuses on observable, and measurable behaviors. Yes, this includes "private events" (thoughts, memories, emotions)
ABA uses the principles of learning to increase or decrease behaviors (think about it for a second. . . a "behavior" includes a lot!), and it generalizes learned behaviors (meaning that the learner can use new skills with multiple individuals, in different situations, and in many different environments)
ABA utilizes research-based interventions to teach skills and increase/decrease behaviors.
ABA relies on data collection and analysis to determine the best intervention in teaching new skills/behaviors, and reducing challenging behavior.
How much and how long do children need ABA therapy?
Research supports "focused" and "comprehensive" ABA which consists of 15-40 hours per week of ABA. Please click HERE for more information on the dosage and benefit of ABA. ABA is an on-going therapy that can change and grow with your child to cater to their ever-changing needs as they continue to grow older. It can be as little as 6-months, but as much as 3+ years.
What about school?
Children should be able to get the best of both worlds! Compulsory age for school is 5/6 (1st grade) in Nebraska. W, It is further important to know that it is perfectly fine to opt for half school days, dual enrollment (homeschool with chosen public school courses with IEP services), focus on ABA and if wanted IEP services through public school, or attend private school (many allow us in), or homeschooling groups/coops with our support as needed. We have staff who are very familiar with all parent/guardian options to help your child succeed. Since ABA is a medically necessary treatment, we can provide excused absences.
How can I get services in school?
We love to collaborate to the best of our ability! Here is information to help obtain Medically-Necessary ABA in-school settings: Click HERE, HERE, and HERE.
How Does Funding Work?
We are in-network with Medicaid Heritage (United, Wellcare, Total Care), as well as most private insurances. Hours recommended are based off research, previous ABA, age, diagnosis criteria, and our assessments.