Focused puts dignity at the forefront. We put attending above eye contact, engage in stims along with the children, and are not intending to take away the Autism or individual characteristics, but to merely help individuals be the best they can be while retaining the essence of who they are, as Temple Grandin says. We work with clients with Autism, Developmental Delay, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD/ADD, and more! The principles of client dignity and understanding applies to all, and ABA is evidenced-based to increase skills and decrease challenging behaviors no matter the diagnosis!
We do have a clinic in Spokane, WA, the Panhandle of Nebraska, and Lincoln, NE. We also offer in-home services. Our owner was born and raised in Nebraska!
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.
How can I get services in school?
How Does Funding Work?
Nebraska Medicaid covers up to 25 hours/week of therapy in clinic or in-home. Private insurance covers up to 40 hours/week. 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.
I find some interesting information about ABA when I look it up on Google.
We are aware that there is some negative views of ABA. While some is VALID, we simply encourage a lot of questions! Here is a great video on the Misconceptions of ABA. Here is one of our Orientation Courses that we cover that also gives a great deal of information and our philosophy as a company.