An initial assessment of your child’s strengths, deficits, as well as identifying family priorities, will be performed by a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) in your home with your child. A comprehensive overview of the assessment will be given to your family. Our staff will provide 1:1 ABA therapy in your home with your child post assessment. Therapy sessions will occur Monday through Friday for a minimum of 3 hours at a time. ABA therapy consists of specific teaching objectives, usage of a reinforcement system to teach and maintain skills, and data collection and graphing to determine how a child is progressing. The teaching strategies implemented are individualized for each child to promote effective learning, maintenance, and generalization. A responsible caregiver is required to be on-site during each therapy session.
The process for starting center based ABA therapy is similar to home based therapy. The initial assessment will be performed at your home to better understand the needs of your child and a thorough report developed post evaluation. Center based ABA therapy can be an effective setting for treatment when environmental variables in home and schedules do not allow for home based therapy. Also, some children may respond better to this type of therapy as they will be around qualified staff and same age peers. Therapy sessions will occur Monday through Friday for a minimum of 4 hours per day but a recommended number of weekly hours will be given at the end of the evaluation process. We offer half day (8:30-12:30/12:30-4:30) and full day options (8:30-4:30) at our Louisville and Lexington centers.
The application of ABA therapy in the community can be beneficial for your child depending on their needs and the family priorities. A qualified staff member will accompany you and your child into the community to develop a variety of skills such as: social skills, age appropriate community tasks, safety awareness as well as the reduction of targeted behaviors. It is recommended that community based ABA therapy be used in collaboration with in home ABA therapy
Caregiver training is continuously given within all ABA therapies and is encouraged.
Caregiver consultation is available for families/individuals looking for a general overview of ABA and evidence based strategies that could be implemented within the home and community setting. This option is currently only available through private pay.
EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICES
Anna Behavioral Services focuses on the use of evidenced based ABA practices and assessments to support the treatment team in making decisions regarding goal development and progress towards meeting established goals. Some of these practices and assessments include:
Discrete Trial Training (DTT)
Natural Environment Training (NET)
Pivotal response training
Functional Communication Training
Prompting and fading procedures
VB-MAPP: Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program
Essentials for Living: Functional Skills Assessment
ABLLS: Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills
AFLS: Assessment of Functional Living Skills
PEAK Relational Training System: Promoting the Emergence of Advanced Knowledge Curriculum
Vineland 3 Adaptive Behavior Scale
PDDBI: Pervasive Developmental Disorder Behavior Inventory
Offers a structured and controlled environment. Your child is able to receive therapy in a predictable and safe environment. In the clinical setting your child is able to learn new skills, improve social and classroom skills along side peers, while also receiving individualized accommodations. Your child will benefit from being in a multidisciplinary setting. The clinic setting will be a step toward your child transitioning to a mainstream learning setting.
Offers the convenience of the therapist coming to you. In-home therapy sessions are designed to fit into the family's routine. In home therapy allows parents and family the opportunity to observe their child's progress and become active participants in ABA sessions. In-home therapy is a familiar and non-threatening environment for you child to learn and build new skills. A new setting may be intimidating and distracting to a child, where home based therapy is a familiar setting and may produce the best results.
Offers individualized therapy to your child while attending school, within the classroom. Your child is able to improve their social skills, communication skills, and improve social acceptance while receiving therapy within the school/community setting. This setting allows your child to attend school, be in a social setting, follow group instructions, and the needed accommodations our therapy provides.