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WHAT IS ABA?
Behavior analysis focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. Positive reinforcement is one such principle. When a behavior is followed by some sort of reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. Through decades of research, the field of behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing those that may cause harm or interfere with learning.
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the use of these techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior.
As mentioned, behavior analysts began working with young children with autism and related disorders in the 1960s. Early techniques often involved adults directing most of the instruction. Some allowed the child to take the lead. Since that time, a wide variety of ABA techniques have been developed for building useful skills in learners with autism – from toddlers through adulthood.
These techniques can be used in structured situations such as a classroom lesson as well as in "everyday" situations such as family dinnertime or the neighborhood playground. Some ABA therapy sessions involve one-on-one interaction between the behavior analyst and the participant. Group instruction can likewise prove useful.
WHERE CAN I FOUND RESEARCH TO READ ABOUT IT?
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT MY OUT OF POCKET COSTS ARE?
Our team will verify your coverage and provide you with this information. We will work with you in order to ensure you are receiving the services recommended. If you cannot afford services we can adjust the schedule, hours, and also assist with applying for grants.
WHAT ARE GRANTS AND HOW DO I APPLY?
Grants are monies raised to assist those in need. You can apply for them to assist in covering for ABA therapy or covering at least the copay or coinsurance. There is typically a cap. Click here for a list of grants: https://www.autismspeaks.org/resource-guide/by-state/81/Family%20Grant%20Opportunities/GA
WHAT IS RESPITE? HOW DO I OBTAIN IT?
ARCH National Respite Network:
Division of Family and Children Services:
WHAT IS AN ADVOCATE? HOW CAN THEY HELP ME?
An Advocate is someone that devotes their resources and time to stand up and speak for those that cannot. They provide training, tools, and information.
Here is a list in the area: https://www.autismspeaks.org/resource-guide/by-state/81/Advocates/GA