When a child with autism spectrum disorder is found eligible to receive applied behavior analysis (ABA) services by their insurance company, Behavior Frontiers can provide the necessary ABA treatment to help minimize core autistic symptoms and enhance independent functioning for these patients. Our ABA treatment program uses empirically supported interventions designed to facilitate development, promote socialization, and reduce problem behaviors, as well as to educate and support families.

Empirically Supported
Behavior Frontiers is committed to using empirically supported ABA principles and methods in order to have a positive effect on each child’s habilitative progress, functional independence, and overall quality of life. We use ABA principles and methods that have been recognized as effective interventions for autism spectrum disorders in hundreds of scientific studies, as well as by government and scientific organizations:

In 2001, the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health stated that “for treatment and education of people with autism, applied behavior analysis (ABA) has become widely accepted as an effective treatment. Thirty years of research demonstrated the efficacy of applied behavioral methods in reducing inappropriate behavior and increasing communication, learning, and appropriate social behavior.”

In 2007, the American Academy of Pediatrics reported that “the effectiveness of ABA-based intervention in [autism spectrum disorders] has been well documented through 5 decades of research” and “children who receive early intensive behavioral treatment have been shown to make substantial, sustained gains in IQ, language, academic performance, and adaptive behavior.”

In 2009, the National Autism Center published the National Standard’s Report, which found that “treatments from the behavioral literature [e.g., applied behavior analysis] have the strongest research support at this time.”

Professionally Trained Staff
At Behavior Frontiers, we provide extensive training to clinical staff members, so that they have the skills they need to effectively help patients with a range of behavior challenges. Our bachelor’s level behavior instructors receive initial, in-office instruction and practice in autism, ABA methods, data collection, and ethical issues. They also receive trainings in specialized topics, such as social facilitation, play skills training, toilet training, Picture Exchange Communication System, Non-violent Crisis Intervention, and more.

Additionally, our behavior instructors have completed competency-based training in which they accurately and independently implemented these ABA methods with children with autism and other special needs. All our behavior instructors have also passed both written and field evaluations demonstrating their proficiency with understanding and using these techniques.

Furthermore, our senior behavior instructors and our master’s level behavior supervisors have completed advanced competency-based trainings related to their positions.

Behavior Frontiers collaborates with all professionals and agencies involved in the child’s treatment plan in order to promote appropriate and consistent ABA methods. Through frequent communication and collaboration with related funding sources and service providers, we strive to enhance the overall quality of each child’s treatment program.

Our goal is for the children and families in our ABA treatment program to receive the highest quality behavior services possible. We specifically use proven methods and highly trained staff members to give each child the best chance to have a successful future.

Treatment Delivery Model
We deliver our ABA treatment program through a team-based approach, in which behavior supervisors and instructors work together with families and other professionals to help each child reach his or her goals.

Services Provided by Our Behavior Supervisors:

• Assessment
Our behavior supervisors conduct functional behavioral assessments (FBAs) of problem behaviors through direct observation of the child and through interviews with caregivers. Behavior supervisors also use standardized assessments of adaptive behaviors to guide the design of developmentally appropriate treatment objectives, which are individualized to meet the child’s unique needs.

• Designing
Using the information from the assessments, our behavior supervisors design a behavioral intervention plan (BIP) describing the ABA interventions necessary to increase the child’s appropriate behaviors and reduce problem behaviors.

• Training
Behavior supervisors provide parents, caregivers, and all other members of the child’s behavior intervention team with initial and on-going training regarding how to deliver the child’s BIP.

• Monitoring
Also, the child’s behavior supervisor monitors the accurate and consistent delivery of the child’s BIP in order to ensure that each child is making optimal progress to reach his or her goals.

• Updating
Our behavior supervisors incorporate feedback, observations, and data regarding each child’s progress in order to update the child’s BIP as necessary.

• Reporting
Each child’s behavior supervisor writes reports to document progress on established goals and objectives of the child and involved family members.

Services Provided by Our Behavior Instructors:

• Implementation
Our behavior instructors implement each child’s behavior treatment program using a variety of ABA techniques to increase the child’s appropriate behaviors and decrease problem behaviors.

• Data Collection
Also, our behavior instructors collect comprehensive and detailed data regarding each child’s progress and use this information on a day-to-day basis to advance the child’s ABA treatment program.

Treatment Methods
Behavior Frontiers uses a wide range of ABA methods so that we have many options to find the treatment that works best for a child’s individual needs. The following are some of the behavior change techniques we use:

Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT)
Naturalistic Teaching Strategies (NATS)
Verbal Behavior (VB)
Prompting & Fading
Discrimination Teaching
Shaping, Chaining, & Task Analysis
Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)
Interventions to Reduce Problem Behaviors
And More!

Treatment Curriculum
Behavior Frontiers’ treatment curriculum includes interventions to increase behaviors in the areas of socialization, communication, self-care, health and safety, community use, play, executive functioning, theory of mind, and more. At the same time, our treatment program includes interventions to reduce or eliminate problem behaviors, such as self-stimulatory behaviors, preoccupations, non-compliance, tantrums, running away, self-injurious behavior, aggression, property destruction, and more.

Depending on each child’s specific needs and associated goals, Behavior Frontiers clinical staff members are able to provide the child’s ABA treatment program in a variety of settings. For instance, behavior instructors can implement the child’s BIP in home, school, clinic, and community settings. In all situations, our goal is to help each child meet his or her goals and to be able to function independently in the given setting.

Please contact us to learn more about how Behavior Frontiers’ ABA treatment program can improve the quality of life for children with autism spectrum disorder and their families.