We are accepting new clients; please know that children are enrolled on a first come, first available space basis once new appointments open within our programs.
A therapy session typically lasts for 3 hours.
A Board Certified Behavior Analyst is a trained behavior analyst who holds a masters degree in behavior therapy and has passed the national BCBA board certification examination. A BCBA conducts descriptive and systematic (e.g., analogue) behavioral assessments, including functional analyses, and provides behavior analytic interpretations of the results.
A BCBA designs and supervises behavior analytic interventions. BCBAs effectively develop and implement appropriate assessments and intervention methods for use in unfamiliar situations and for a range of cases. The BCBA teaches others including parents to carry out ethical and effective behavior analytic interventions based on published research and designs and delivers instruction in behavior analysis.
BCBAs supervise the work of Clinical Team Members to assure that effective interventions are being performed, appropriate methodologies are being used, and progress is being made. By having a BCBA, you are assuring that your ABA program is professionally designed and managed.
- Tantrum behavior
- Play and leisure skills
- Imitation skills
- Attending skills
- Functional communication skills
- Social communication deficits
- Adaptive living/self-help skills
- Personal safety
- Independence in daily routines
- Decreasing stereotype
- Community inclusion
All services are provided in the home or community settings. All treatment programs are individualized to meet the developmental, social, and behavioral needs of each child.
An ABA session is typically a high energy interaction between the client and the therapist.
ABA sessions include some discrete trial work which might occur at the table, lots of positive reinforcement using whatever is motivating for the child: praise, tickles, hugs, high-fives, opportunities to play, sometimes edibles. Often there will be a mix of tasks that the therapist is practicing in order to assure that there is focus and mastery vs. rote repetition or boredom.
In order to be successful, the therapist must develop a rapport with the client. A process of pairing with reinforcement will take place during a portion of the session. Generalization is very important for children with autism as well. A portion of the session will be spent in the natural environment, away from the table, doing incidental teaching of skills. If the child doesn’t like the therapist, he or she won’t do what the therapist directs them to do, so establishing that relationship is a critical first step.
No, we do not diagnose children with ASD. Please refer to your child’s Pediatrician. While waiting for your child’s evaluation it will be important to start contacting ABA providers and talking to your social support network as well as prepare any additional reports or documents that will assist us in understanding your child’s behavior, and developmental and medical history.
A diagnosis of autism can feel very overwhelming especially with the flood of conflicting information parents may get from doctors, concerned family and friends, and the internet. RCG’s Administrative CARE Team is here to help bridge the gap from diagnosis to services. Give us a call and press #1 for new services!
Once a child is found eligible for services, a multi-disciplinary team is gathered to develop an Individualized Treatment Plan; in the case of a child in early intervention or IEP (Individualized Education Program) for school-aged children. The parent is a member of this team and should collaborate with the team to develop measurable goals for the child and to determine appropriate services.