Frequently Asked Questions

ABA FAQ

Applied Behavior Analysis is a scientific evidence based therapy for individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. ABA strives to decrease harmful behaviors that interfere with learning while increasing socially significant behaviors.

One study showed that after ABA therapy, 90% of children substantially improved and 47% of them were able to function as well as other students in traditional classroom settings. There are more than 550 studies published in scientific journals on the success of ABA therapy.

Research on ABA therapy as a form of autism care began in the 1960s, and since 1981 ABA has been identified as the most effective treatment for autism.

ABA is endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General, Autism Society of America, National Institute of Mental Health, American Psychological Association and many other organizations and agencies.

A typical course of ABA therapy involves 20-40 hours per week for 1-3 years. However, the number of hours of therapy can differ depending on the client’s goals. ABA therapy programs are designed by our Board-Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and conducted by our Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs). Both are governed and licensed by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

A BCBA oversees the treatment program. They conduct assessments and use the results to create a custom therapy plan. They also assess results from sessions and modify treatment plans to meet client goals.

BCBAs study behavioral psychology and have a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. They also have spent 1000-1500 hours as a therapist under qualified supervision. The certification exam is no cakewalk and has a low pass rate. Be assured that our BCBAs are professionals you can trust with your child’s treatment.

An RBT works directly with the client on therapy. These ABA therapists put in place the behavior plans developed by the BCBA. They collect critical data and develop a quality relationship with the client and the family.

A few of the RBT’s specific responsibilities include:

  • Implementing measurement procedures
  • Assisting with assessments
  • Carrying out therapy plans
  • Communicating with the family and the supervising BCBA

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