Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the leading evidence-based therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). It’s the “best practice” treatment for ASD recommended by the U.S. Surgeon General and the American Psychiatric Association.
ABA is commonly practiced as a therapeutic intervention for individuals with autism. ABA helps the client on the spectrum improve social interactions, learn new skills, and maintain positive behaviors. ABA also helps transfer skills and behavior from one situation to another, controlling situations where negative behaviors arise and minimizing negative behaviors. For children with autism, ABA is most successful when intensely applied for more than 20 hours a week and prior to the age of 4. ABA can also help aging adults cope with the losses that come with age, like memory, strength, and relationships. For young and old, ABA can help manage some of the lifestyle challenges that accompany many individuals on the spectrum.
Fields Center’s TeleABA Program is a series of one-on-one sessions designed for individuals under 22 years of age to
- Help parents and caregivers build Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) skills
- Create a behavior support plan for challenging behaviors in the home and community
- Teach and support siblings and other family and social relationships
If requested, Fields Center can conduct a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) to further determine the need and efficacy of a Behavior Support Plan for the home or community.
Regardless of age, all of our TeleABA Programs start with a skills or adaptive behavior assessment. Following the assessment, our clinicians work collaboratively to develop a custom treatment plan based on the skills assessment. Most sessions include several types of therapies and interactions to prepare for a variety of situations outside the therapy setting.
Fields Center’s TeleABA Program may also involve behavior therapists, or Registered Behavior Technicians® (RBT). These therapists are trained and supervised by the Field Center Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA). They work directly with children and adults with autism to practice skills and work toward the individual goals determined by the behavior assessment.
Fields Center’s TeleABA Program services have no weekly minimum. However, the is general agreement in the field that services should be high intensity (10+ hours a week) in the early years tapering off as the child grows.
Cost: Weekly or Bi-Weekly sessions with the BCBA are typically $120/Hour. During this time of COVID-19, we recognize that some people have been put in a hard position financially. For the foreseeable future, Fields Center is offering a sliding scale of $120 to $85 per session. After treatment goals have been established, one-to-one sessions with a Behavior Therapist or Registered Behavior Technician® are offered at $50 per hour.
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept insurance at this time but hope to in the near future. For school-aged children, TeleABA Program services may be eligible for funding by the child’s school district if the child’s IEP services cannot be delivered during the school day or year.
Virtual Meeting Platform: Sessions are typically held via Zoom. By request, sessions may also be conducted via a HIPPA compliant platform.
Next Step: Please contact us to set up an appointment and to discuss you and your loved one’s needs and goals.