What to Expect in ABA Therapy

Individualized Care for All!

After an ABA assessment, your child will receive his or her own unique ABA therapy plan. No two plans are the same. Early Intervention programs are for toddlers and preschoolers. Social Coaching programs are for kids and teens. Life Skills programs are for people with intellectual disabilities.

ABA therapy programs come to you! We offer each of our treatment options in your home and on your schedule.

Early Intervention is a play-based treatment for toddlers or preschoolers who have autism or other developmental delays.

  • Early Intervention programs focus on
    • Communication
    • Attention
    • Play skills
    • Early social skills
    • Following directions
    • Decreasing challenging behavior.
  • Parents and caregivers learn to
    • Communicate with their child
    • Play and have fun with their child
    • Decrease tantrums
    • Track progress

Frequently Asked Questions

Early Intervention

  • Is my child too young for therapy?
    • No! Research shows that younger children have the best outcomes. The more we do now, the less we will need to do later.
    • Your child’s age and developmental level will always be considered. Parent input will be included with each step.
  • How does therapy with a young child work?
    • Communication and social skills are taught through fun, interactive play.
    • Usually, the intervention relies on a repetitive teaching format called discrete trial training (DTT).  DTT involves breaking down skills into small parts.
  • How much and how long?
    • Between 2 and 25 hours per week may be recommended for mild-to-moderate autism.
    • 25 and 40 hours per week may be recommended for moderate-to-severe autism.
    • Fewer hours than recommended may be provided if requested by the family. However, it is best to do more therapy while the child is young. Hours in therapy will decrease as the child gets older and learns more efficiently from everyday life.

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Social Coaching is a communication and relationship intervention for kids and teens.

  • Social Coaching programs emphasize
    • Conversation skills
    • Behavioral flexibility
    • Taking turns and sharing
    • Initiating and maintaining interactions
    • Promoting friendly and cooperative behavior
    • Staying calm when upset
    • Decreasing challenging behavior
  • Parents and caregivers learn to
    • Improve their child’s communication with family members and peers
    • Establish rules, schedules, and routines to help their child succeed
    • Facilitate social interactions with their child’s peers
    • Respond effectively to challenging behavior

Frequently Asked Questions

Social Coaching

  • Is this the same as talk therapy or psychotherapy?
    • No, not at all. This intervention relies on a naturalistic teaching format that targets behavior in the child’s everyday environment. This will help your child learn to make new friends and improve existing relationships with family members and peers.
  • How much and how long?
    • Between 2 and 20 hours per week may be recommended for mild-to-moderate autism.
    • Some children need just a few months of intervention, while some families prefer to receive long-term support.
  • Who is involved in the therapy?
    • Kids and teens receive their own sessions to learn specific skills. Parents and caregivers also learn to prevent and respond to challenging behavior.
    • Intervention can take place in both individual and group formats with other children. Parents will be asked to facilitate social interactions such as playdates, extracurricular activities, trips to the park or library, etc.

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Life Skills is a daily living intervention for people of all ages who have an intellectual disability.

  • Life Skills programs emphasize
    • Functional communication skills
    • Independence and safety skills
    • Activities of daily living
    • Improving learning and attention
    • Decreasing challenging behavior.
  • Parents and caregivers learn to
    • Increase independence and happiness
    • Establish rules, schedules, and routines to foster success
    • Facilitate community outings and social interactions
    • Prevent challenging behavior by teaching new skills
    • Stay safe and respond effectively to dangerous or disruptive behavior

Frequently Asked Questions

Life Skills

  • My child is not diagnosed with autism. Is he eligible to receive therapy?
    • Yes, our providers have worked with individuals who have a variety of challenges. We treat behaviors, not diagnoses. However, ABA may not be covered by your health insurance. Please contact us so that we can help you find solutions.
  • My child has tried other therapies but had difficulty participating. Will ABA help him?
    • Life Skills interventions are designed based on each individual’s strengths and challenges. ABA methods can help those who have difficulty in other types of therapy.
  • How much and how long?
    • Anywhere between 2 and 40 hours may be recommended depending on severity of impairment.
    • Some people need just a few months of intervention, while some families prefer to receive long-term support.
  • Who is involved in the therapy?
    • Your child will receive his or her own sessions to learn specific skills. Parents and caregivers also learn to prevent and respond to challenging behavior.
    • Intervention can take place in both individual and group formats with peers. Caregivers will be asked to facilitate social interactions such as outdoor activities, community outings, errands, etc.

Complete our intake form to receive a response within 1 business day.


Unsure which option is right for you?

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