Receiving an Autism diagnosis can be an unnerving time. MetroEHS Pediatric Therapy is here to support you and your child every step of the way. We believe in a naturalistic and holistic treatment plan that intentionally includes not only
WHAT IS ABA THERAPY?
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), is an evidence based treatment that focuses on improving socially significant behaviors. ABA therapy has shown to be an effective treatment for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
We treat the entire child in a loving, play-based, child-focused and supportive environment.
Upon receiving an Autism diagnosis from a parent or caregiver, a MetroEHS
What is a BCBA?
A BCBA is a Master’s level clinician, known as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. BCBA’s receive extensive training in understanding human behavior and developmental milestones. BCBA’s are responsible for conducting the initial developmental milestones assessment, developing the intervention plan, monitoring implementation of the plan, report to insurance companies, and hold parent coaching sessions. BCBA’s review and analyze data collected during your child’s therapy session in order to make data based decisions on client progress and modify treatment programs if needed.
completes a thorough developmental milestones assessment to assess your child’s strengths and weaknesses. This is the first step in developing an individualized treatment program to strengthen weaknesses and address each child holistically.
MetroEHS partners with parents and caregivers throughout the treatment process to ensure that the skills learned in therapy are reinforced and generalized at home. We strongly recommend parents/caregivers to attend at least two 30-60 minute sessions of parent coaching per week. Parent coaching sessions increase the likelihood that the skills learned at the clinic are maintained at home across time.
Developmental areas that are considered during the initial assessment:
-Fine/Gross Motor Skills
-Stereotypical or Repetitive behaviors, and much more.
MetroEHS believes that play is a child’s business.
Playtime provides crucial educational and rich social engagement learning moments. For this reason, MetroEHS approaches ABA therapy holistically, we meet the child right where they are by taking each individual child into account prioritizing play-therapy and creating interdisciplinary treatment plans which include sessions with Speech Therapists, Physical Therapists, Behavior Analysts, and Occupational Therapists. When you walk into a MetroEHS Clinic, you notice the difference right away. Our clinics are created with the child in mind.
What happens during ABA?
-Child engages in social and play skills-in the most naturalistic setting possible, among similarly aged peers. This promotes generalization across environments.
-Child is immersed in an environment rich with expressive and receptive language opportunities.
-Child practices activities of daily living skills. (e.g., teeth brushing, toilet training, feeding therapy, etc.)
-Child experiences lessons via the use of individualized plans and supports such as visuals and positive reinforcement.
Advantages of ABA at MetroEHS
-EachBehavior Analyst working with your child is certified by the
What is the BACB?
Behavior Analyst Certification Board is the governing body of Behavior Analysts. The BACB outlines the relevant knowledge and content expectations for all certified analysts as well as those pursuing education in this field. The BACB ensures that all certified analysts follow the code of ethics and maintain the required continuing education requirements to maintain certification.
-Each MetroEHS ABA Technician received a Forty Hour in-person and intensive training.
-Each MetroEHS ABA Technician is strongly encouraged to a take the
What is the Registered Behavior Technician Exam?
Behavior technicians that complete their 40-hour training and pass their competency assessments with a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst are then able to sit for an exam that assesses their knowledge and skills of implementation of Applied Behavior Analysis principles. Once an individual passes this exam, they are a Registered Behavior Technician and are added to the national certification registry on the BACB.com.
within 90 days of hire.
-One on one ABA Therapy Session with your child while under the ongoing supervision of a BCBA.
-Your child also has access to Speech Therapy, Physical, Occupational, Feeding and Mental Health Therapy services.
-Weekly parent coaching with a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst
-Child-centered atmosphere that is fun and engaging, including play based methods of therapy.
-All Centers are deep cleaned weekly by a professional cleaning company and daily cleaned by professional cleaning companies.
-Each child has access to Pediatric Feeding Therapy.
-Online data collection and billing system.
-Clinicians have the most up-to-date access to cutting edge treatment for pediatrics.
-BCBAs collaborate and work with your child’s IEP team.
At MetroEHS Pediatric Therapy, our Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) staff are highly trained and certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Our ABA technicians work directly with each child, one-on-one, under the direct supervision of our Board-Certified Behavior Analysts. ABA technicians undergo a 40-hour intensive, in-person, training and are strongly encouraged to sit for the Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT) exam earning a RBT certificate. Each RBT receives continuous training and supervision by a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). BCBA’s complete assessments on each child, develop treatment programs, provide supervision, hold parent training, participate in IEP’s, and make data based decisions.
How Does ABA Therapy Work?
ABA Therapy is the Way of Teaching. This style of teaching came about through the use of behavior principles that were established back in the 1940s and fifties by BF Skinner. What we have been able to do through those principles is:
- individually assess a client
- see what they need
- put these systematic teaching strategies in place and guide the client and teach them the skills that they need through reinforcement.
Ideally, for ABA to be effective, we have to just really capitalize on these opportunities that come up in the environment. Kids learn so quickly when they're able to recognize their environment, recognize what's required in their environment, and respond to it appropriately.
So that's the goal, to get them into an environment, have them engage with their environment, and teach them using everything that's around them. Once they're really connected with their environment, we bring in other kids so they learn how to play. They're having fun and they never know they're in therapy. They know this place is really cool and it's fun. This therapy is done in a play-based fashion, a child learns so much quicker when they’re playing. They’re engaged and want to be there so much more, they gain and develop skills so much faster. They never know that that's what's happening. You know, they never know that they're learning and that they're in a learning environment. All they know is they are having fun and they are learning so much while having fun. You know, that's just the ideal ABA Therapy.
Founding Member of MiBAP Association, a Michigan-based non-profit association
that promotes access to the science of applied behavior analysis (ABA).