Resources for Children With Autism in New York
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ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) is a treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders. ABA begins with intensive skill training based on a reward system (sometimes called “discrete trials”). More advanced ABA includes practice of skills in a natural setting. ABA for very young children is play-based and more developmental in style.
Autism ProHelp will be using the Errorless Method of Teaching when conducting discrete trial instruction and positive and negative reinforcement strategies to increase the likelihood of behaviors occurring again. Positive reinforcement works by presenting a motivating/reinforcing stimulus to the person after the desired behavior is exhibited, making the behavior more likely to happen in the future. Negative reinforcement occurs when a certain stimulus (usually an aversive stimulus) is removed after a particular behavior is exhibited. The likelihood of the particular behavior occurring again in the future is increased because of removing/avoiding the negative consequence. Punishment procedures will not be used to shape behavior.
ABA therapist will be collecting trial by trial data for each program placed into the child’s individualized curriculum. Each percentage will then be graphed by referencing correct trials over total number or trials collected per program. If the child demonstrates mastery of a current step (90% to 100% accuracy across two days and recommended 2 ABA therapists) the current step will be increased in complexity. Acquired/Mastered skills will be placed into a randomization process to support discrimination and then a fixed and thinned maintenance schedule until absorbed into other programs to avoid regression.
At Autism ProHelp, we use the following assessment tool to develop a program that fits into individual needs.
Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills- Revised (ABLLS-R):
Developed by Dr. Partington, the ABLLS-R system is an assessment tool, curriculum guide, and skills-tracking system used to help guide the instruction of language and critical learner skills for children with autism or other developmental disabilities. This practical and parent-friendly tool can be used to facilitate the identification of skills needed by your child to effectively communicate and learn from everyday experiences.
The ABLLS-R provides a comprehensive review of 544 skills from 25 skill areas including language, social interaction, self-help, academic and motor skills that most typically developing children acquire prior to entering kindergarten. The task items within each skill area are arranged from simpler to more complex tasks. Expressive language skills are assessed based upon the behavioral analysis of language as presented by Dr. B.F. Skinner in his book, Verbal Behavior (1957).
The assessment results allow parents and professionals to pinpoint obstacles that have been preventing a child from acquiring new skills and to develop a comprehensive, highly personalized, language-based curriculum.1
The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised with Follow-Up (M-CHAT-R/F; Robins, Fein, & Barton, 2009) is a 2-stage parent-report screening tool to assess risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The M-CHAT-R/F is an autism screening tool designed to identify children 16 to 30 months of age who should receive a more thorough assessment for possible early signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or developmental delay.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children receive autism-specific screening at 18 and 24 months of age, in addition to broad developmental screening at 9, 18, and 24 months. The M-CHAT-R/F, one of the AAP recommended tools, can be administered at these well-child visits.
If you would like to take a quick screening test, click on the link below.
(The M-CHAT-R/F is intended to be administered by a trained health care professional, so if you answer the M-CHAT-R/F questions at home, please discuss your results with your doctor regardless of the results.)
We are dedicated to help every child receive the services he or she needs. We will help you with the enrollment and verification process with your insurance company and explain to you exactly what you are covered for.
Once the coverage is determined, you should be aware that there may be very little co-payments depending on your insurance company and coverage mandate. Because every insurance plan is different, it’s hard to narrow it down and put every different scenarios of payments but here are some key things to remember:
- – You might have to pay the whole bill until you reach your deductibles.
- – You might have to pay co-insurance until you reach out-of-pocket maximum.
- – You might have to pay a co-payment.
Also, some insurance companies (self-funded insurance plans) may not cover ABA therapy. Medicaid may not directly cover for ABA services but if your child has additional insurance, they may be entitled to coverage. Please contact us for more information.
If you do not have ABA coverage through your insurance, we may be able to offer you a private pay option. We understand the financial burden autism therapies can cause so we strive to offer competitive and affordable options for the children and families in need of ABA services.