Our ABA Services
Helping Hands Childrens Services provides applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment to individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) who have been referred for ABA services by a physician.
What is ABA?
Behavior analysis is the science that centers on the principles that describe how learning develops (i.e., reinforcement, motivation, extinction, punishment, stimulus control, conditioned reinforcement, and schedules of reinforcement). ABA works to build socially significant behaviors in an individual’s natural environment and every day settings by applying these principles. ABA is a process of defining target behaviors, recording behavioral data, analyzing data, and making changes to treatments that are not effective.
The field of ABA was established in the 1960’s and is back by an extensive body of scientific research and standards for evidence-based practice. ABA treatment for individuals with ASD has been endorsed by the US Surgeon General (1999) and the New York State Department of Health (1999). In addition, many professional associations have published statements reporting the effectiveness of and endorsing ABA treatment such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (2001). In addition, the National Autism Standards Report (2009, 2015) has found that treatment rooted in the principles of ABA have the strongest research support as established, effective treatment for individuals with ASD.
ABA adheres to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s Professional Ethical Compliance Code and Guidelines for Responsible Conduct (BACB, 2016) as well as all local, state, and federal laws with regards to the provision of services.
Initial Intake Consultation
Our services begin with an intake with a member of our administrative team, which is free of charge. During this time families are able to discuss primary areas of concern and determine if ABA can meet their needs. During intake our team will determine eligibility for services and navigate the insurance process for you. Family members/guardians are asked to fill out an application, provide proof of medical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, provide a prescription for ABA services, and provide proof of insurance.
After the initial consultation, you will meet with a licensed BCBA or BCBA-D in your home or our office, to conduct the initial assessment. The location is determined based on your needs and the needs of your child/loved one. The BCBA/ BCBA-D will hear your concerns, assess your child's needs and spend time observing and interacting with your child.
ABA uses a variety of assessment tools to enable us to start your child's treatment off the right way.
Here are some of the assessment tools we utilize:
Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills- Revised (ABLLS-R)
The ABLLS-R is an assessment, curriculum guide, and skills tracking system for children with language delays. This assessment allows provider to identify a child’s skills and create a baseline which can be used as the basis for selecting IEP objectives and monitoring progress (Partington, 2010).
Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS)
The AFLS is an assessment tool used to assess functional, practical, and essential skills of everyday life. AFLS provides task analyses, teaching suggestions, and prompting strategies to assist in various areas of life skills, which are broken down into six assessment modules: Basic Living Skills, Home Skills, Community Participation Skills, School Skills, Independent Living Skills, and Vocational Skills (Partington & Mueller, 2012)
Essential for Living (EFL)
EFL is a communication, behavior, and functional skills assessment, curriculum, and skill-tracking instrument for both children and adults with moderate-to-severe disabilities. EFL is particularly useful in those with limited communication repertoires, minimal daily living skills, and/or severe problem behavior. The focus of this assessment is to identify, assess, and target skills and behaviors that are necessary for effective daily living, and will result in an increase in quality of life.
Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)
The FBA is an assessment tool used to explain the purpose or reason behind why a behavior is occurring. FBA includes various forms of data collection and procedures. In some cases, an Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - second edition (ADOS-2). In some instances, the ADOS-2 will be completed to gain additional information about your child's functioning level. This is an in-depth assessment and must take place in our office. We provide this comprehensive diagnostic assessment at no additional charge to the clients and families we serve.
Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP)
The VB-MAPP is a criterion referenced assessment, skills-tracking system and curriculum guide to assess the language, learning and social skills of children with autism or other developmental disabilities. The VB-MAPP contains five components (i.e., Milestones Assessment, Barriers Assessment, Transition Assessment, Task Analysis, and Curriculum Placement Guide) that are designed to assess a child’s current skills, decide proper treatment plans and placement, and to aid in cultivating treatment goals and objectives. The Milestones Assessment is designed to provide a sample of the child’s existing verbal and related skills, containing 170 measurable learning and language milestones that are sequenced according to typical development and balanced across 3 developmental levels. The Barriers Assessment provides an assessment of 24 common learning and language acquisition barriers children with autism are faced with. The Transition Assessment contains 18 assessment areas to help identify whether a child has made meaningful progress and has acquired the skills necessary for reducing and/or withdrawing treatment. This assessment tool can provide a measureable way for the child’s team to make decisions and set priorities regarding reduction of treatment and/or discharge (Sundberg, 2007).
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition
The ADOS-2 is a standardized observation instrument that includes a series of semi-structured tasks using activities designed to evoke social and communicative behaviors in children and adults. The ADOS-2 consists of activities that permit the examiner to observe specific behaviors and capacities that have been identified as important to the identification of autistic spectrum disorders.
Helping Hands Children services also provides supervision for candidates seeking supervision hours required to obtain BACB certification.
For more information on our ABA Services please contact our Associate Director Kimberly Guillem for details at (631) 659-3337 x1