ABA Services – Applied Behavior Analysis
What is ABA?
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a science dedicated to the understanding and improvement of behavior. The purpose is to improve socially significant behavior and life skills for individuals and families while promoting inclusion in the community. ABA services are often provided in home, community, and clinical settings. All ABA Therapists are supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
How Can ABA Help?
Socially Significant Behaviors
- Increased independence with functional life skills
- Decrease in maladaptive behaviors (self-stimulatory or disruptive behavior)
- The ability to make requests in order to have needs met
Life Skills for Individuals
- Increased positive peer interactions
- Increased functional communication skills
- Improved conversational skills
- Improved safety outcomes for individuals
Life Skills for Families
- Improved bedtime routines
- Establish positive behaviors and family routines
- Increase independence in daily living skills (e.g. brushing teeth, using the bathroom)
- Preparing individuals to become productive community members
How Can Someone Access ABA?
ABA therapy is a medically necessary service that may be covered by your health insurance. If your child is showing signs of autism, the first step is to obtain an autism diagnosis from a medical professional.
Who Provides ABA?
A Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) will come to your home to meet your child and complete an assessment. Once the assessment is completed, a plan is written for treatment and service provision.
When services begin, an ABA therapist will come to your home and begin providing the therapy. The therapist will collect data on program goals during the sessions. The BCBA will regularly attend sessions to supervise the therapist, oversee service provision, and provide parent coaching/support.
What Qualifications Do BCBAs and ABA Therapists Have?
“The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) is a graduate-level certification in behavior analysis. Professionals certified at the BCBA level are independent practitioners who provide behavior-analytic services.” (www.bacb.com). BCBAs are able to supervise individuals providing behavior analytic services.
A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) has completed a minimum of a master’s degree and/or additional graduate level coursework in applied behavior analysis. While completing coursework, a candidate also completes a minimum of 1600 clinical hours working under a BCBA. Once those requirements are fulfilled, the candidate sits for a board certification exam.
Once certified, all BCBAs are required to recertify with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) every 2 years. As part of the recertification process, each BCBA is required to complete a minimum of 32 hours of continuing education. These continuing education courses cover a variety of topics or content. However, they must include at least 4 hours of ethical content and 3 hours of supervisory content during each certification cycle.
What Qualifications do Sidekicks Staff Have?
Our Sidekicks team is committed to our purpose of enriching lives. We share and hold each other accountable to our values of serving with a purpose, teamwork, and doing the right thing.
Our therapists have previous ABA experience and a degree or are pursuing an education related to our field.
Prior to joining our team, all Sidekicks undergo background checks and reference checks. Staff receives clinical training, must attend two live trainings per year, and receive personalized training specific to the goals desired by individuals and parents.
Sidekicks ABA – Our Promise
Our promise is our commitment to our families. Our objective is to establish effective partnerships with families when setting goals. We place a high value on family needs. We provide a team approach to services, with timely and effective communication. Our therapists are experienced individuals who understand the importance of consistency with programming and scheduling.
We will create custom programs to promote learning, growth, life skills, and independence. This is done through assessment, behavior intervention, direct therapy with an ABA Therapist, and training for family members. Each program is customized by a Board-Certified Behavior Analysts to meet the needs of the individual and their family.
The Behavioral Health Center for Excellence (BHCOE) Preliminary Accreditation recognizes behavioral health providers that excel in the areas of clinical quality, staff qualifications and promote systems that enhance these areas. The BHCOE Accreditation recognizes that Sidekicks continues to meet an assortment of clinical and administrative standards as determined by an independent third-party evaluator.
How it Works
Fill out an intake form through our website or call our offices directly.
2. Scheduled Consultation
We will set up a time to discuss your needs and obtain insurance information.
3. Insurance Information
Sidekicks will obtain an authorization on your behalf by working directly with your insurance company. We will also gather information regarding co-pays and deductibles.
4. Initial Assessment
A BCBA will schedule an initial assessment to better understand your family’s needs and goals.
5. Approval & Authorization
Once the assessment is completed, the BCBA will submit the assessment to your insurance company for approval and authorization to begin services.
6. Personalized Care Team
We build your team of therapists who are selected to best meet your personalized goals when providing services.