ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) is a form of therapy that helps children with autism spectrum disorders, ages 18 months-18 years. ABA uses a one-on-one teaching approach to help children through reinforcement of desired behaviors. Children diagnosed with autism present with a spectrum of strengths and challenges, requiring a spectrum of interventions. When your child begins ABA at PAT, they will receive an individualized treatment plan, customized to their specific needs.
The ABC’s of ABA:
ABA uses a systematic approach to reduce negative and excess behaviors.
- A - Antecedent or “what happens before” is the event, action or circumstances that happen before a behavior is witnessed. The ABA therapist works to manipulate the antecedent to promote the desired behavior.
- B - Behavior, what we’re working to change. It doesn’t always mean a tantrum or outburst, it could mean a lack of response or mismatched response to the situation.
- C - Consequence follows the behavior. It could be a positive or negative consequence depending on the behavior.
What does ABA help with?
Goals are custom made for each, individual child and meet the child in their current circumstance. Goals may work on one or more of the following skills:
- Communication and language
- Social skills
- Play and leisure
- Motor skills
How often will my child attend ABA?
The number of hours your child attends ABA will be based on your child’s individualized treatment plan. In your child’s ABA evaluation, our BCBA’s (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) will determine what time and frequency will work best for your child. Hours for therapy may range from 10-40 hours/week.
Is ABA covered by my insurance?
Yes! Both private insurances and Medicaid typically support ABA therapy. We accept NC Medicaid and private insurances like BCBS, Cigna, United and more. See a full list of accepted providers here.
How do I get started with ABA?
Contact our office for an evaluation by either completing our online form or giving us a call at 704-799-6824.
Come and witness the PAT difference! Our therapists are passionate about what they do and recognize the importance of collaboration between the therapist, parents, and other providers to do what’s best for each child. Receiving ABA at PAT gives your child the opportunity to also receive other therapeutic services integrated in their day. While at ABA, kids can participate in occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, and/or counseling to enhance their progress towards their goals.