FAQ

What is
Autism?

Autism is a developmental disability that is often presented and diagnosed within the first few years of someone’s life. This neurological disorder can effect a person’s physical, social, mental and emotional development. Often times, those diagnosed with Autism can have difficulty with non-verbal communication and social interaction. Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning that it can be characterized by various degrees of severity. There is currently no cure for Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders, however, there are many proven ways to cope with the challenges sometimes associated with this disorder.
Sources:
“What is Autism?” Autism Speaks. 05 Oct. 2014.
“What is Autism?” Medical News Today. MediLexicon International. 05 Oct. 2014.

Who benefits
from ABA?

It is also important to recognize that ABA can be can help more than just those with Autism. The reality is there are countless disabilities and behavior disorders that can be improved through ABA, and these individual are often very underserved in the community. In addition to the individual/child being served, we commonly provide training and support using ABA techniques for the individual’s family, friends, school professionals, and other community members. ABA has been recognized by both the American Pediatric Association and the Surgeon General of the United States as the most effect treatment method to improve behavior.

In order for ABA to be successful, the treatment must be personalized. There are an almost endless number of ABA techniques in practice today, and RHC specializes in selecting the right ABA therapies to meet your child’s specific needs. At RHC we recognize that no two children with Autism are alike, and all families have individualized needs. We try to be in constant communication with the family, therapists and doctors to constantly monitor how we can help your child improve and reach their maximum potential. In collaboration with you and your family, our therapists are able to create a program that will set your child up for long-term success and continuous improvement.
Sources:
“Mental Health.” Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General (1999). Surgeon General. 20 Oct. 2014.

Why do children
deserve ABA?

First and foremost, ABA has proven to be the most effective treatment to improve behavior. Children with developmental disabilities are just like normal kids, but with a few additional challenges. ABA can help them to increase their independence by teaching them basic life skills. ABA can also help teach them valuable interpersonal skills that will help them in social situations.

ABA not only helps children with developmental disabilities, but also it can help their parents become the best they can be by teaching them how to identify and take advantage of their child’s strengths and personal preferences. Then, by gaining a better understanding of their child’s behavior parents are able to learn how to respond to sudden behavioral problems. With the proper help, children with developmental disabilities are able to reach their maximum potential.

What is the
ABA process?

The goal of ABA is to decrease maladaptive behaviors that prevent people from adjusting to new situations and increase voluntary prosocial behaviors that help people to not only adjust better in different situations, but also communicate better with others. We start by determining deficits and form a set of goals that will help your child become independent, and most importantly create a life with purpose.

The following is our step-by-step ABA process:

Step 1: One of our ABA specialists will assess your child’s current abilities and needs, as well as determine their potential for future improvement. This assessment is provided using current “gold standard” assessment instruments, previous treatment histories, medical history, relevant personal and family history, and other sources.

Step 2: A comprehensive treatment plan is developed in order to organize treatment priorities and anticipated timelines for progress. This treatment plan will also be used to communicate expectations to the individual’s family and insurance provider.

Step 3: Treatment then proceeds, with progress being routinely communicated to the individual, family, insurance, and others as required. We believe that keeping diligent records of your child’s progress is essential to creating the right programs and course of action so that they reach their maximum potential. Each child has their own program book where our instructors take extensive notes throughout their time with your child. These program books are the perfect way to communicate our client’s progress to not only their family but also their therapists, doctors and teachers.

Step 4: We will continuously update the treatment plan to reflect progress or requirements from your insurance. As your child progresses and their needs evolve, so do our goals, objectives and methods. We always focus on helping your child to acquire new skills and hopefully transferring those skills to new environments and caregivers.

Step 5: Once a sufficient amount of new skills are developed and mastered, we may begin to transition those skills from center-based therapy to more “naturalized” environments such as home or school, as well as beginning to involve family and peers.

As new skills are mastered and generalized to more natural environments, the therapy moves from these areas to other areas of concern, or the client begins to allocate more time to environments, activities and relationships away from the clinical environment.