ABA therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on improving socially significant behavior. It is based on the science of Behavior Analysis, which is scientifically derived and its principals can be used to understand and change behavior.
ABA therapy is the most effective evidence-based treatment for Autism and is recommended by physicians, the American Psychological Association, and the US Surgeon General.
Many children with autism may show developmental differences as babies, especially in areas of language and social development.
Early signs include:The aforementioned behaviors are not immediate indicators of autism. However, if you have observed any of these behaviors, contact your pediatrician immediately for information about the evaluation process.
- No babbling or pointing by 12 months
- No single words by 16 months or two word phrases by age 2
- Repeats exactly what others say without understanding the meaning
- Child does not respond to name
- Difficulty making or maintaining eye contact
- Does not point to indicate needs or wants
- Repetitive, stereotyped behavior
Childhood signs include:
- Difficulty maintaining or keeping eye contact.
- Unable to perceive others feelings or thoughts via facial expressions
- Uninterested in or unable to make friends with peers
- Pronoun confusion
- Does not start or difficulty continuing a conversation
- Difficulty using toys or objects for pretend play
- Rote memory for numbers, letters, books, songs, but unable to answer conversational questions.
- Insists on routines, difficulty with change, obsessions with rituals
- Obsessed with (often unusual) activities, repeating them continuously throughout the day.
If you suspect your child may have autism, contact your pediatrician right away. Currently, there is no medical test to give an autism diagnosis. Instead, physicians and psychologist administer a behavior evaluation.
Your pediatrician will be able to ask you questions and use screening tools to determine if further evaluation is needed. If your pediatrician suspects autism, you will be given a referral to a developmental pediatrician, neurologist, or clinical psychologist.
While ABA is an effective intervention for more than just autism, an autism diagnosis will ensure proper treatment is being delivered. With a diagnosis from a qualified professional, we can make sure we are treating the proper developmental deficits. In addition, proper diagnosis allows for proper screening of other developmental delays.
A child can begin ABA as early as 18 months of age.
Insurance can be complex, which is why we figure it out for you including checking your current policy as well as alternate funding sources if required.
We accept insurance coverage from most providers including Anthem, Tricare and Sagamore amongst others. Our billing department is set up to handle all insurance needs from authorizations to ongoing claims and billing.
In case you didn’t know: The State of Indiana issued an insurance mandate under Indiana code 27-8-14.2 to provide insurance coverage for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Your insurance company may pay for ABA. There are also other state funding sources available that may help fund services for your child.
The autism mandate requires commercial insurance plans covered by the state of Indiana to cover autism services such as ABA therapy.
Every skill, task, and behavior is measured. By measuring your child’s responses, their learning tells us what works and what does not. If they are not learning, then we change our tactic to get them learning. Data-based decisions are used daily to ensure efficiency in progress.
Precision Teaching is used to ensure we meet our learners where they are at with all skills, and systematically increase the complexity of the instruction as the data shows they are ready.
Fluency Based Instruction is used to promote high rates of responding which leads to fluency across skills and efficiency in teaching.
Naturalistic Teaching is used to make teaching and learning fun as well as imbed teaching trials into natural environment activities.
If you are looking at a center-based ABA program or autism school for your child, come and observe Bierman ABA. See first hand how the proven effects of ABA, with our genuinely happy and motivated staff can have a lasting impact on your family.
Your team will work with a team of educated, trained, and motivated ABA professionals.
Your child’s team will consist of:
ABA Therapist or RBT (Registered Behavior Technician)
A BCBA is a professional with a graduate level certification in Applied Behavior Analysis. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board certifies individuals as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. A behavior analyst will help you to clearly define the strengths and learning needs of your child. Your behavior analyst will address those needs using research-based methodologies.
Our BCBAs keep very small caseloads in order to deliver individualized treatment. In addition, our BCBAs are lead by a clinical leadership team to help make data-based decisions to keep your child progressing in the most efficient manner.
Your BCBA will:
- Observe your child's behavior in a variety of environments, to develop an accurate picture of his or her current learning strengths and needs.
- Interact with your child weekly to assess your child’s language, behavior, social interaction, and other developmental domains.
- train family members, so that your child will use his or her new skills across the many people and places in his or her natural environment
A child’s success begins the day they enter our clinic and should continue for a lifetime. Our commitment to family training sets our children up for success in our center, at home, in the community, and in the classroom.
Our BCBAs meet with each individual family to train on skill acquisition, behavior plans, and the basic principles of ABA.
BCBAs not only rely on assessment tools for program design but also listen to family needs and future family goals when designing a child’s program.
Bierman ABA has an open-door policy for outside providers. We are open to collaboration with your child’s Pediatrician, Psychologist, Speech Language Pathologist, Physical Therapist, or any other related services.
Schools offer a curriculum based around helping children meet goals, while ABA programs design an entire program based around your child’s needs. Curriculum is a “one-size fits all” model used to teach children. While curriculum may take into account the special needs of a learner, it is a pre-designed with pre-determined goals and teaching methods. Curriculum is created before the teachers even meet the child. On the other hand, ABA is a completely individualized program. A number of assessments are done to design not only individualized goals for your child, but individualized programing and implementation. Programs are often examined on a daily basis to make sure a child is always reaching his or her unique maximum potential.
No, Bierman ABA is not a daycare. Daycare merely provides supervision. Bierman ABA provides an effective, evidence-based intervention.
There is no typical day for a child at Bierman. Since we do not follow a one size fits all program, we do not have a typical day. Children will spend the day engaged in learning to help them reach their maximum potential in a happy, well cared for environment.
ABA is designed with all the same elements as natural learning. The difference is that (in the beginning), ABA exaggerates certain elements of learning to engage the learner in the process to offset the deficits of the learner. We will teach your children the pre-requisite skills they need to play with toys, engaged with peers, and carry a conversation.
We then provide opportunities for daily social interaction with peers both in our center, as well as natural environment training in the child’s community. We design our social skills programs with independence as the final goal, so that your child can enjoy social interactions with peers or siblings without relying on adult prompting.