ABA therapy is clinically proven to be the most effective treatment for autism. Most people view ABA therapy as an in-clinic service, but did you know there are other ways to receive ABA therapy that are just as effective? When faced with a high number of recommended therapy hours combined with a lack of resources in your area, there can be benefits to merging different ways of receiving ABA therapy that can improve overall outcomes.
Setting #1: Clinic
If you live in a metropolitan area there is a strong likelihood that you may find an ABA therapy center (also known as a clinic) near you. ABA therapy within this setting is commonly known as “clinic based” and offers a comprehensive therapeutic environment for children on the spectrum. The centers are oftentimes equipped with classrooms, therapy rooms, toys, sensory equipment and are fully staffed to provide intensive intervention. Clinic settings allow for children to be under the constant care of therapists for a few hours of therapy or even for entire days of ABA. Although autism centers continue to sprout around large cities, they may not be available in your area or may have lengthy waiting lists.
Setting #2: Homes
Therapists may travel to your home to treat your child within their own familiar environment. The therapist may bring their own materials or utilize what you have in your home to facilitate the session. Receiving ABA therapy in your home can be advantageous as the learning opportunities are within your child’s natural environment. ABA therapy within your home can allow the therapist to help you modify your child’s environment and access to other family member’s in your child’s life.
Setting #3: Schools
Should your child’s behavior at school impact their daily life then a behavior therapist may come into your child’s school. Going into schools gives the therapist access to speaking with teachers, administrators and paraprofessionals regarding concerns within the classroom. The therapist may observe how your child interacts in their classroom, provide training to teachers or even directly provide ABA therapy within the school environment. Families should consult with their schools regarding their policy on outside therapists.
Setting #4: Within the Community
Behavior therapists may accompany you and your child out in the community if there is a need for intervention within this setting. For example, the therapist may participate in a trip to the grocery store to reduce caregiver stress during these situations and increase/decrease behaviors that obstruct the task of getting groceries.
Setting #5: In Your Home By A Remote Telehealth Clinician
There are some families that do not have access to some of the services listed above, or have access to any behavior therapy at all due to their geographical location. Thankfully, technology has removed the physical barriers that once stood in the way of access to quality therapy. Through the use of telebehavior analysis (part of the telemedicine industry) families have access to clinicians coming into their homes through videoconferencing. This means there is no required travel and you can connect to a clinician instantly via secure videoconferencing. The clinician has the capability of helping you create a home-based program and train you on how to implement your child’s behavioral program to ensure optimal behavioral outcomes. CSERV is the only provider to exclusively offer telebehavior analysis.
Our telebehavior services assist families who:
· Live in areas where obtaining ABA therapists is geographically difficult (either therapists won’t come to them, or traveling to the therapist is not an option)
· Have been placed on lengthy waitlists and want to get something started now
· Are motivated to take charge of their child’s treatment and behavioral progress
· Want to receive caregiver training directly from a master’s level clinician (BCBA)