What is ABA Therapy?
Supported by research...
ABA therapy is an evidence-based treatment commonly used to address the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). All methods used in ABA therapy have been proven to be effective at teaching new skills and addressing behaviors that may impede an individual’s ability to gain autonomy and access desired environments.
Skills targeted with ABA therapy include:
Language & communication
Self-regulation & self-monitoring
Waiting for access to desired item(s)
Accepting when a desired item(s) are not available
Flexibility (tolerating changes)
Learning readiness skills
Activities of daily living
One characteristic of ABA therapy that sets it apart from other therapies is its reliance on the collection and analysis of data. Throughout treatment, data will be collected and analyzed to determine how your child is progressing on their goals. Decisions about your child’s treatment are data-driven and you will have access to their data throughout treatment.
How Does ABA Therapy Work?
ABA therapy is led by a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA). In some states (including Texas!), BCBAs are also required to maintain a state license to practice. BCBAs provide ongoing training and supervision to registered behavior technicians (RBT) who work 1:1 with your child and implement their individual treatment plan. They also closely monitor your child’s treatment in order to make data-driven modifications as needed to produce or maintain progress. To develop your child’s treatment plan, your BCBA will first assess your child's current skill level.
A thorough assessment of needs...
Your child's assessment will include an interview with you and/or other people who take part in the care of your child (with your consent) and a skill assessment(s) that is chosen based on your child’s demographics as well as what you have shared about your child’s strengths and area(s) for growth. If you inform your BCBA that your child engages in behaviors that may be dangerous, harmful, or interfere with your child’s ability to learn, then your assessment may include additional analysis of your specific behavior(s) of concern. Additionally, we may request that you complete a caregiver survey(s) that provides us with additional information about your child’s skills, your concerns as a caregiver, and/or your family’s overall quality of life. The entire assessment process provides the BCBA with a plethora of valuable information that is used to develop treatment goals and individualized interventions and teaching protocols. It may seem like quite the process to get your child high-quality, effective treatment but don’t worry! We are here to support you through each step to and through treatment!
Dedicated to collaboration...
We know that nobody knows your child quite like you. You are intuned to their needs and have spent time thinking of their future. This is why we believe it is imperative to partner with you to build a plan for caregiver support that will equip you with tools to assist your child in obtaining meaningful life outcomes.
We strive to support your whole family throughout this process. Your child’s treatment plan will provide a framework for reducing behaviors of concern and teaching their replacement behaviors. Implementing the plan as written increases its effectiveness as it allows your behavior analyst to more easily determine when modifications are necessary. Behavior change is more likely to be maintained when everyone who regularly interacts with your child responds to them in a way that is consistent with their plan. Given the importance of adherence to the treatment plan, we train parents and others who take part in the care of your child. Your child will be learning lots of new skills, and we believe that positive outcomes are accelerated and maintained with the addition of caregivers who actively participate in therapy.
Behavioral Support Services
Behavioral support services are the implementation of ABA therapy when provided to individuals who receive Community Living Assistance & Support Services (CLASS), Home & Community-based Services (HCS), or Texas Home Living (TxHML) benefits. Therapy focuses on the reduction of behaviors of concern and the acquisition of their replacement behaviors with the same goal of encouraging autonomy and improving quality of life. CLASS, HCS, and TxHML are programs provided through Texas Health and Human Services (HHS). For more information about these programs, enrollment, and other services they provide, please visit the .
(HCS/TxHmL/CLASS Providers Only)
ABA Business Consulting
At The Outcomes Place, we believe that community education and acceptance will enhance the quality of life of individuals with ASD and other developmental disabilities. Considering this, we offer consulting services for members of the community who work with and support them. This may include educators, medical and other therapy providers, and community service providers.
Because The Outcomes Place prioritizes access to high-quality care, business consulting is also available to help support other ABA agencies that are also committed to this mission. We believe anyone in need of ABA therapy deserves quality care. We provide high-quality care, and we help others provide it too! Don’t provide ABA therapy but want to know how to better support individuals with ASD and other developmental disabilities…connect with us!