What is ABA therapy?

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is a term used to refer to a set of methods and techniques derived from the principles of behavior analysis that are used to address skill deficits and bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior. At New Heights, we practice applied behavior analysis, or ABA, which uses systematic, evidence-based methods to improve socially significant behaviors in children diagnosed with autism. Treatment for each client is individualized and therefore no two client’s programs will look exactly the same. Numerous studies have shown that ABA is the most effective treatment form of autism therapy, and it the only treatment endorsed by the US Surgeon General.

How will ABA therapy help my child?

Our approach to therapy is not to teach a child “everything” they should “know” but rather to teach them “how” to “learn” from their environment. ABA therapy involves multiple treatment steps designed to help a child overcome challenging behaviors while teaching socially significant behaviors. Success in treatment is evaluated by how well a child meets or exceeds their individual outcome measures. As such, success for each child is defined differently and individually. In every case, we have shown documented improvement in learning across all clients. If a client seeks our intensive intervention services to address skill deficits, we see skills enhanced. If a client seeks our services to address behavioral challenges, we see those challenges dissipate and the situation improved.

How long does a client stay in your program?

Treatment programs are individualized to meet the needs of each client. Since, each client’s program is individualized the duration of treatment will vary based on age, diagnosis and needs. Research indicates that the average duration of treatment is around 2-3 years. Our goal is to maximize each child’s potential by working on skills that will help them become more independent and successful.

What is the age range of the children you serve?

Ages 18 months to 22 years. Our focus is on early intervention. Research has demonstrated that children who start ABA therapy as early as possible (~2 years old) make the most significant improvements in their areas of deficit. Our clients can present with a wide range of abilities, strengths, and deficits, all across the spectrum. We assess each client individually to build their tailored treatment plan, meeting their specific goals.

When would my child not be a good fit for your services?

We have a few exceptions to when our ABA program is not a good it. If a child does not have a diagnosis of Autism from an approved provider, then we also work with the family to refer them to obtain this diagnosis and prescription or our insurance contracts won’t cover services. Lastly, we also cannot provide treatment to anyone with Medicaid as it’s not covered by insurance in the state of Texas. In all of these situations we put the time and attention in providing the family with the appropriate referrals to help support what they are needing.

Do you offer social skills groups?

Yes, we offer social skill groups as part of our after school program.

Do you offer ABA for children without a diagnosis of autism?

Insurance will not cover ABA services without a diagnosis of autism at this time. This does not mean that your child would not benefit from ABA services if the have adaptive skill deficits or challenging behavior. It does mean that you would need an alternative funding source, such as a grant or private pay.

Do you help clients transition into school-based settings?

The goal of ABA therapy is to help each individual learner develop the skills necessary to be independent and learn in a less restrictive setting. When it comes time to transition from the clinic setting to an educational setting, the BCBA will develop an individualized transition plan designed to maximize success in their new environment.

Do you collaborate with other services?

Yes, collaboration of care is a critical component of achieving positive patient outcomes. Our Clinicians work directly with other service providers to ensure that all areas of need are identified and targeted through comprehensive treatment planning for each client. We work closely with the resources in the community to have these additional support services on hand to recommend to families so we can provide a comprehensive wrap around treatment plan that’s very collaborative. We are all about coming together to re-assess and measure the growth of each child’s plan to constantly create the most successful treatment plan.

What does the assessment process look like?

Initial assessments provide baseline information on your child’s current skill level across several domains. Assessments tools include standardized assessments, skills assessments, direct observation, diagnostic reports, educational assessments, and input from parents. Once the assessment battery is complete, the BCBA will develop your child’s individualized treatment plan. The BCBA will present this plan to you and you will have the option to give consent no goals and the recommendations on the hours, strategies, etc. Data is collected daily to evaluate the plan’s effectiveness.

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210 Genesis Blvd, Suite D
Webster, TX 77598

(832) 569-4316

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