Pediatric Early Intervention ABA Therapy, also known as Pediatric applied behavioral analysis therapy, is typically the most effective treatment available for kids with ASDs. It relies on early intervention, intensive treatment schedules, and special, non-verbal exercises to build core skills, promote target behaviors
ABA stands for Applied Behavior Analysis. ABA is focused on improving behaviors that are important to your child and family and teaching new skills to help your child reach their maximum potential. ABA therapy is used to target challenging behaviors that may be getting in the way of your child’s development and improving those areas. Ultimately, we want to increase desired behaviors and decrease challenging or undesired behaviors.
In your research of ABA therapy, you’ve probably noticed that ABA is primarily used to teach and help the development of children with Autism. ABA is actually used to help with more than just an Autism diagnosis. The behavioral interventions used within ABA therapy can be utilized to treat any type of mental or behavioral disorder. The strength of ABA comes in its ability to shape human behavior. It is also easily adaptable to individuals and can be tailored to fit the needs of that individual, meaning there isn’t just one specific situation or diagnoses that can benefit from ABA.
An ABA therapist is there to help your child with development and learning. But in order to do this effectively, the therapist needs to make the environment positive, fun, and reinforcing. One of the first things an ABA therapist does with any child is “pair.” Pairing is a technique used to really get to know your child, finding out what they enjoy and what they don’t enjoy. This allows the therapist to not only make the experience fun for your child, but also figure out what motivates your child and how strong that motivating factor can be during the learning process.
At KidSPOT we understand parents’ desire to send their kids to school, in fact, it’s a goal for many families we support. However, typical preschools are often not equipped to meet the needs of children with autism and behavior difficulties and sometimes fail to provide children the adequate support they need. This causes kids to fall further behind and have trouble fitting in with their peers. Our program provides 1:1 support to help children develop the skills needed to learn in the classroom while developing friendships with their peers.
How long your child’s ABA therapy lasts is completely dependent on several different factors. In some cases, ABA therapy is a temporary intervention for your child’s development process. In other cases, the child may need to have long-term therapy to ensure the continuation of progress in certain areas, as well as reducing the chance of regression. Again, this will totally depend on the specific child and situation.
Over the last decade or so, huge strides have been made in the awareness and development of ABA therapy. Because of this, over 200 million people have insurance coverage for ABA therapy and all 50 states now have mandated coverage for ABA. The details of your insurance plan will dictate what coverage you have.
We understand that this can be a stressful process to set in motion, and because of this, we will be there every step of the way. Our team at KidSPOT will answer any questions you have and will take some of that burden off of your plate. We want to help you get set up with your coverage as quickly and seamlessly as possible so we can start helping your child. Different plans cover ABA in a variety of capacities and we are happy to check to see what that looks like.