Is therapy safe?

Pediatric Behavior Therapy (aka-ABA) has been around for more than 35 years.  It is a scientific treatment endorsed by the Surgeon General, the National Institutes of Health, the Association for Science in Autism Research, and many others for its effectiveness.  A strong program focuses on utilizing positive interventions to benefit the client.  Continuous evaluation of each program, as well as implementation by a skilled professional, are fundamental components. 

COVID-19:  As a result of the recent Pandemic services have been moved to in-clinic only.   We have increased our safety and maintenance protocols.  We follow all CDC and HHS recommendations.  Families are asked to agree to our service conditions prior to receiving services.  We have also limited the cases that we are currently accepting.  We appreciate your patience.

At what age can my child benefit?

 

Behavior Therapy can be effective for individuals of all ages.  It is recommended that programs begin early in the child's development in order to foster the best possible outcomes.  Early interventions help a child develop skills they will need to continue to grow in the future, and they also reduce problem behaviors which could lead to more dangerous behaviors later in life. 

My child does not have ASD, is this still an appropriate treatment?

Although a significant amount of research has been done on children who have Autism Spectrum Disorders, it has been proven effective for a wide variety of developmental delays and behaviors.  When the new codes came out in 2019, the American Medical Association did not limit treatment to those with a certain diagnosis.  

My child's poor behaviors aren't that bad.  Do I really need treatment?

 

Ask yourself if the behavior would be okay if it continued for another 20 years.  What if it got worse?  Now consider your child.  Does their behavior prevent them from being able to participate in social settings?  Do you remain at home rather than take your child out into the community?   Does it prevent them from being able to learn or make friends?  Has it made them dependent on others? There are many things to consider when trying to decide if a behavior reduction plan may be for you.  The goal is not to "create the perfect child".  Everyone makes mistakes and misbehaves at some time.  The goal should be to open doors for your child to gain better independence and develop new skills.  Remember pediatric behavior therapy is about improving long-term outcomes, not just reducing problem behaviors.

My child's behaviors are dangerous to themselves and others.  How will you treat those?

We believe that all behaviors are a form of communication.  Your child is trying to tell us something.  Our job is to figure out what it is they are trying to tell us, then teach them to advocate for themselves without the need for those behaviors.  We strongly believe in demonstrating respect and dignity to all children regardless of their behaviors.  We avoid harmful treatments like restraints, and seclusion by preventing problem behaviors from occurring in the first place.  This is a process.  In most cases, we will use a system called the "My Way" program where children are taught to ask for what they want.  The next step is to systematically teach the child the skills necessary for additional learning.  For information go to https://practicalfunctionalassessment.com/2020/11/03/skill-based-treatment-a-visual/

What techniques are used, and what does it look like?

All interventions utilize evidence-based practices to ensure the best outcome for your family and child.  It is hard to explain what pediatric behavior therapy looks like because it is different for every person.  Most of the time, our kids are playing with other children or the technician while they learn.  Sometimes learning involves sitting at a table.   Once a client has begun to learn their new skills, family members are asked to participate in sessions and continue the programs with guidance

How can I identify a qualified professional?

Professionals practicing behavior therapy should have solid practical experience in the field and meet high educational requirements.  They should be board certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board or be working under the guidance of a certified individual.  You have a right to ask for proof of certification and education.   Our center believes in providing high-quality services by highly qualified personnel.  As a result, we have worked hard to meet the Behavior Health Center of Excellence accreditation requirements.  

What are some of the benefits of this therapy?

Pediatric Behavior Therapy makes learning easy and is motivating to the child.  Progress is measured continually so there is no guesswork. Success is measured by what the client can do in the real world outside of the therapeutic setting.  It is also parent-friendly.  You're not just there to observe, we want you to be part of your child's success. 

My child's teacher says they do ABA, why would I want to pull my child for therapy?

There are a number of differences between the services schools can offer, and a clinical environment.  We offer medical treatment for the symptoms of your child's diagnosis.  This is why your child's physician sent you to us. We want to help your child develop communication, organization, self-help, tolerance, play, and other skills necessary to be able to learn from a school environment.  If you would like to learn more about how schools and clinical services differ click here. 

¿Es seguro ABA?

ABA ha existido por más de 35 años. Está respaldado por el Cirujano General, los Institutos Nacionales de Salud, la Asociación para la Ciencia en la Investigación del Autismo y muchos otros por su efectividad. Un programa sólido se enfoca en utilizar intervenciones positivas para beneficiar al cliente. La evaluación continua de cada programa, así como la implementación por parte de un profesional calificado, son componentes fundamentales de ABA.

 

¿A qué edad se puede beneficiar mi hijo?

 

ABA puede ser efectivo para personas de todas las edades. Se recomienda que los programas comiencen temprano en el desarrollo del niño para fomentar los mejores resultados posibles. Las intervenciones tempranas no solo ayudan a un niño a desarrollar habilidades que necesitarán para seguir creciendo en el futuro, sino que también reducen los comportamientos problemáticos que podrían conducir a comportamientos más peligrosos más adelante en la vida.

Los malos comportamientos de mi hijo no son tan malos. ¿Realmente necesito ABA?

 

Pregúntese si el comportamiento estaría bien si continuara por otros 20 años. ¿Qué pasa si empeora? Ahora considere a su hijo. ¿Su comportamiento les impide participar en entornos sociales? ¿Se queda en casa en lugar de llevar a su hijo a la comunidad? ¿Les impide aprender o hacer amigos? ¿Los ha hecho dependientes de los demás? Hay muchas cosas a considerar al tratar de decidir si un plan de reducción de comportamiento puede ser para usted. El objetivo no es "crear el niño perfecto". Todos cometen errores y se portan mal en algún momento. El objetivo debe ser abrir puertas para que su hijo obtenga una mayor independencia y desarrolle nuevas habilidades. Recuerde que ABA se trata de mejorar los resultados a largo plazo, no solo de reducir los comportamientos problemáticos.

¿Qué técnicas se utilizan y cómo se ve?

ABA se enfoca en prácticas basadas en evidencia. Estas incluyen técnicas como el refuerzo, la repetición y las indicaciones. Es difícil explicar cómo se ve ABA porque es diferente para cada persona. Algunas veces el terapeuta y el cliente pueden estar sentados en un escritorio, otras veces "jugando" en el piso. Puede tener lugar en el parque, en el patio trasero, en la tienda de comestibles o incluso en un automóvil. La terapia se lleva a cabo en el medio ambiente y con los métodos que mejor beneficiarán al cliente. Una vez que un cliente ha comenzado a aprender sus nuevas habilidades, se les pide a los miembros de la familia que participen en sesiones y continúen los programas con orientación

¿Cómo puedo identificar a un profesional ABA calificado?

Los profesionales que practican ABA deben tener una sólida experiencia práctica en el campo y cumplir con altos requisitos educativos. Deben estar certificados por la Junta de Certificación de Behavior Analyst o estar trabajando bajo la guía de una persona certificada. Tiene derecho a solicitar un comprobante de certificación y educación.

¿Cuáles son algunos de los beneficios de ABA?

ABA facilita el aprendizaje y motiva al niño. El progreso se mide continuamente, por lo que no hay conjeturas. El éxito se mide por lo que el cliente puede hacer en el mundo real fuera del entorno terapéutico. También es amigable para los padres. No solo está allí para observar, queremos que sea parte del éxito de su hijo.