WHAT IS APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS?
“Behavior analysis is the science of behavior, with a history extending back to the early 20th century. Its guiding philosophy is behaviorism, which is based on the premise that attempts to improve the human condition through behavior change (e.g., education, behavioral health treatment) will be most effective if behavior itself is the primary focus.” (BACB.com, About Behavior Analysis)
Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA for short, is an approach with a wide variety of applications. ABA techniques are used in a variety of fields such as sports, education, health and fitness, child maltreatment prevention and intervention, organizational behavior management, and sustainability. “However, because ABA was first applied to the treatment of individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism, this practice area has the largest evidence base and has received the most recognition.” (BACB.com, About Behavior Analysis)
WHAT IS ABA THERAPY?
ABA therapy focuses on increasing socially significant behaviors such as activities of daily living, communication, leisure, and social skills while decreasing maladaptive behavior such as tantrums, verbal refusal, physical aggression, property destruction, and/or self-injury. Each child is assigned a morning therapist and an afternoon therapist who works one-on-one with them to reach their individual goals.
All therapists employed by Piece by Piece receive their Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential within their first 90 days. RBTs are supervised by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), masters level clinicians who are also responsible for creating individual treatment plans and behavior intervention plans for the clients they oversee.
Studies have shown that full-time, intensive treatment programs typically provide the greatest benefit; however, we do offer part-time services if that is what is best for your child!
WHAT MAKES PIECE BY PIECE DIFFERENT?
Unlike many other clinics, Piece by Piece is not owned and operated by an out of town hedge fund. The owners of Piece by Piece are Indiana natives who believe that families and children living in suburban and rural areas deserve access to the same high quality therapy services found in larger cities.
HOW DOES MY CHILD GET SERVICES?
In order to be eligible for services, your child must have a medical diagnosis of autism (F84.0: Autistic Disorder) from a MD, HSPP, or PsyD. A school diagnostic report is not enough to qualify for services. In addition, your child must be covered by an insurance policy that covers ABA services.