About ABA Services

 

“When Kameron arrived at Glenwood, he was unable to speak and struggled to communicate. In frustration, he would become aggressive, cry and collapse to the floor. With the help of his Glenwood therapy team, Kameron’s communication skills began to develop. Over the course of a year, Kameron was taught a picture communication system and was able to make full sentences using pictures.

 

Then, Kameron began using his own voice! What a joyous gift for him and his family! Being able to communicate his needs with his voice or using his communication system helped him improve his behavior and allowed him to deepen his relationships with his family.”
-Kameron’s Story 

 

Glenwood offers Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), which is a type of intensive therapy that focuses on the principles and techniques of learning theory to help improve social behavior. ABA therapy helps to develop new skills, shape and refine previously learned skills, and decrease socially significant problem behaviors. Prior to starting therapy, we will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your child’s skills and deficits. After the evaluation, a written report, including formal recommendations, is provided. Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts then work with you to create an individualized treatment plan focusing on the areas listed below. Your child’s individualized ABA therapy is then delivered for a prescribed number of hours per week in a 1:1 format by Registered Behavior Technicians.

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ABA Services Provided

 

Assessments -Identify skills and behaviors to target 

Applied behavior analysis relies on individualized assessment to guide tailored treatment, specific to an individual and their needs.  It is important to use tools that capture both sides (strengths as well as weaknesses). A variety of skill assessments may be conducted to determine what should be targeted for your child. These will include interviews with caregivers, observations of the child, and direct testing of skills. Functional behavior assessments will be conducted in similar ways to discover the reasons that your child may engage in problematic behavior.

 

 

Verbal Behavior Skills – Increasing functional language skills

The Verbal Behavior approach is used to develop communication skills, including receptive and expressive language (requesting, labeling, vocal imitation, and conversational skills). We also work on gross and fine motor imitation, writing, and listening (following instructions) skills. These may be taught using methods of Discrete Trial Training (DTT) or naturalistic teaching strategies during play.

 

 

Problem Behavior Reduction – Identifying and reducing problematic behaviors

Individuals with ASD often exhibit behaviors that are considered problematic both for themselves and for those around them. The staff at Glenwood are well trained and equipped to address a wide variety of problematic behaviors. A functional behavior assessment is conducted upon admission, which helps determine the course of treatment needed to address and replace problem behaviors.

 

 

Social Skills – Improving social understanding and communication

Children enrolled in the program have typically encountered barriers preventing them from participating in typical school environments. Skills targeted by the program include group skills (e.g. attending to a group instructor, hand-raising, sitting with a group), social skills (e.g. initiating social interactions, greetings, and social play), and other skill deficits identified through a behavioral assessment. 

 

 

Toilet Training – Most efficient and evidence based toilet training program 

Many children with autism spectrum disorder struggle with basic functional skills including toileting. We conduct intensive toilet training sessions designed to best fit the needs of your child. These methods use a combination of positive reinforcement for successful toileting trips and correction for accidents.

 

 

Functional Living Skills – Teaching necessary life skills

One of the most important aspects of behavior therapy is training our clients to be more functionally independent. These skills include dressing, oral hygiene, bathing, cleaning, and other necessary skills for living a more independent life. We conduct behavior interviews with the parents to determine the skills of highest priority.

 

 

 

Caregiver Training – Generalizing skills to all settings

Caregiver training is an essential component of effective ABA intervention. Lasting behavior change comes when all caregivers successfully implement a function-based ABA plan competently and consistently. That’s why Glenwood places an emphasis on caregiver involvement, training, and participation in regularly scheduled training sessions. As part of all -based interventions, caregiver support is given throughout the entire process.

 

 

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Funding

  • Glenwood accepts many insurances as well as private pay. Every insurance plan is unique and benefits vary, so we will be happy to verify the coverage on your policy.
  • An authorization for treatment will need to be obtained and you will be responsible for any deductibles, copays, or coinsurance costs.

Getting Started

For more information and to get started with ABA Services, please contact Mary-Kate Carey, PhD, BCBA-D at:

Telephone: (205) 970-1263
E-mail: mkcarey@glenwood.org

or contact Samantha Lee for our Montgomery location.

Telephone: (334) 262-5744
E-mail: salee@glenwood.org

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