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What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the use of behavior principles to teach skills and positive behavior changes that will improve an individual's overall quality of life. We strive to teach individuals to be more independent so that they can reach their fullest potential.

While many families often seek ABA therapy, many do not know what it is. Any quick search on the internet will draw both negative and positive remarks. Don't be intimidated. It's important to know that ABA is a healthcare service that is continually evolving and improving -- you have control over the procedures, techniques, and strategies that are used. Expect the Behavior Analyst to explain the procedures and give you the pros/cons to utilizing specific methods. At Clearwater ABA, we are sensitive to the issues surrounding neuro-diversity and have become highly skilled at balancing family needs while also helping the children n making meaningful progress. Finding the right fit for your family is critical.

If you are wanting to dive in to learn more about ABA, Autism Speaks provides a great resource that services as a wonderfully detailed break down of ABA service models and definitions.

What does a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) do?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the use of behavior principles to teach skills and positive behavior changes that will improve an individual's overall quality of life. We strive to teach individuals to be more independent so that they can reach their fullest potential.

While many families often seek ABA therapy, many do not know what it is. Any quick search on the internet will draw both negative and positive remarks. Don't be intimidated. It's important to know that ABA is a healthcare service that is continually evolving and improving -- you have control over the procedures, techniques, and strategies that are used. Expect the Behavior Analyst to explain the procedures and give you the pros/cons to utilizing specific methods. At Clearwater ABA, we are sensitive to the issues surrounding neuro-diversity and have become highly skilled at balancing family needs while also helping the children n making meaningful progress. Finding the right fit for your family is critical.

If you are wanting to dive in to learn more about ABA, Autism Speaks provides a great resource that services as a wonderfully detailed break down of ABA service models and definitions.

What is a BCBA? How do you become a BCBA?

Becoming a BCBA is not an easy or quick task! It requires a masters degree in addition to graduate training in ABA, 1500 hours in supervised field work, and (finally) the ability to pass a board certification exam. Clearwater ABA is proud to support the growth and education in the field of ABA. ​If you want to become a behavior analyst or are seeking fieldwork supervision opportunities, please feel free to contact me. You can learn more about my BCBA supervision services here.

To learn more about the credential, please visit the BACB.

Do you provide clinic services?

At this time, we provide services only in the home & community settings. We do not offer clinical services.

Does Clearwater ABA provide all materials for the programs?

We do provide all picture cards and smaller items necessary for programming. We also do our best to use materials available in the natural environment for programming. While the RBTs & BCBA can provide materials (such as board games and special reinforcers) from time to time, we will primarily use materials, toys, and games available in the home. We promote programming and learning opportunities that can easily generalize to the home environment. Teaching a patient to engage with a toy/activity and taking it with us when we leave will decrease their ability to use these items independently or with their family. We strive to create programming opportunities that are generalized and strengthened by the natural environment. NOTE: AT THIS TIME WE NO LONGER BRING OUTSIDE TOYS/REINFORCERS INTO THE HOMES TO LIMIT POTENTIAL EXPOSURE OR CROSS CONTAMINATION TO COVID-19.

What happens during an ABA assessment?

Most insurance companies require that the patient have a current diagnosis of autism prior to the initial assessment. The assessment allows the clinician to collect a "baseline" of skills and supported needed for your child. It allows the clinician to identify areas of strengths and needs. Depending on the type of service and assessment required, a clinician may visit your home to complete an intake interview. The assessor may ask questions about the family's current schedule, the learners strengths, challenges, and goals. The assessor will also complete a formal assessment with the learner. This may often involve observation of the learner's interactions with others, "testing" the learner's skills, and speaking directly with the learner about their experiences. With this information, the clinician will work with the family and the learner to determine goals for the treatment plan.

It's important to note that note every assessment is completed in person. Some assessments can be completed online. To learn more about assessments, click here.