ABA - Behavior Services
Who: Children ages 2 -18
What: Intensive ABA and Behavior Consultations
When: ABA is 15-30 hours a week; Behavior Consults vary
Where: Both Royal Oak and Ann Arbor Centers
Private Insurance: We accept many private insurances including BCBS, BCN, HAP, and UBH insurances. Call to find out if we are in network with your provider. We have limited scholarship funds available to help cover the cost of copays and deductibles for families. .
Medicaid: We are contracted with Oakland and Macomb counties to provide ABA for children with Medicaid at our Royal Oak location.
Intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) What is ABA
ABA is an intensive treatment designed to help increase the quality of life for children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders by teaching developmental skills through evidence-based behavior interventions. Treatment begins with an ABLLS-R or VB-MAPP Assessment and the results along with parent input are used by the BCBA to develop an individualized treatment plan for each child. Depending on the BCBA recommendations, parent wishes, and insurance authorizations, treatment ranges anywhere from 15-30 hours per week. This individualized treatment is provided at our Center by Behavior Tutors and closely supervised by a BCBA. Individual parent training is offered weekly. Parent involvement, implementation and cooperation are necessary for all behavior based services to ensure progress towards treatment plan goals.
Each child’s plan is individualized based on his/her needs and treatment is delivered on a 1:1 basis by a trained Behavior Tutor. Children work in classrooms alongside and with children of a similar age. This provides the perfect opportunity for them to learn and practice social skills and group learning skills to enhance learning and participation in school. Some of our specialized learning activities based on age include:
• Daily “Circle Time” for preschoolers and early elementary age children.
• Small “Group Lessons” focused on listening, following directions, and answering questions.
• Vocational skill development for teens both in the clinic and community.
Skills addressed may include:
•Basic pre-learner skills such as looking, listening & attending to others.
•Communication skills including receptive language, imitation, verbalization (both vocal and through PECS or signs), and grammar.
•Academics such as matching, reading, writing, spelling, and math.
•Functional behaviors including toilet training, community skills, and meal skills.
•Daily living skills such as dressing, tooth brushing, and bathing.
•Decreases challenging behaviors through the use of reinforcement and environmental supports.
Our Intensive ABA program might be the right fit if:
•Your child was recently diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and you would like to work on developing pre-academic and functional behavior skills.
•Your child or teenager has challenging behavior that impacts his or her ability to learn in traditional settings.
•Your child was involved in an Applied Behavior Analysis program and you would like them to continue developing skills.
Scheduling: Our program is offered both in our Royal Oak and Ann Arbor locations. We are open Monday – Friday 8 am – 7 pm with morning, afternoon and late afternoon appointment times available.
Behavior Consultations: Behavior Consultations are provided by a Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in the home, school or community with active participation from parents, caregivers, teachers, support specialists and anyone in the individual’s support network. A Behavior Consult differs from ABA in that it is targeted toward a specific skill or behavior and the end goal is to train caregivers on the individualized intervention plan so that they may implement the plan.
Who Can Benefit from a Behavior Consult?
Individuals who require some level of support in the home or community to aid in generalization of skills acquired in the ABA Center, and/or assistance with home or community-specific concerns as a supplement to ABA services that are already in place. Additionally, any child or teen who experiencing a specific behavioral issue in the home, school or community may also benefit from consultation services.
Behavior Consults Include:
• In-person meetings with the BCBA throughout the consultation process
• In-home observations by the BCBA to assess present issue and gather information to be used in treatment development
• Creation of consultation plan, which includes the results of the observation, and the plan for services
• Individualized design of an behavior support plan
• Individualized design of an reinforcement system
• Setting-specific training of behavior or reinforcement system
• Follow-up Support as needed
Examples of specific concerns that can addressed through consultation include:
• Potty training support
• Independent living skills coaching
• Individualized behavior support plan to decrease challenging behavior
• Reinforcement system to increase skill development and decrease challenging behavior.
• Feeding programs
• Intensive sleep training
The end goal of a consult is to train and empower caregivers on the individualized intervention plan so that they may implement the plan.
Due to the nature of the work we do, Judson Center upholds the privacy of the children, adults and families we serve. Therefore, photos and names may be changed to protect identity.