No One Knows Your Child Better Than You
Could it Be Autism
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a group of developmental disorders that includes a wide range, or “spectrum,” of symptoms, skills and levels of disability. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates 1 in 68 children has been identified with some form of ASD.
ASD is often characterized by:
Ongoing social problems that include difficulty communicating and interacting with others
Symptoms that limit the ability to function socially, at school, work, or other areas of life
Repetitive behaviors that are inappropriate
Limited interests or activities
Some persons with autism are mildly impaired, while others are severely disabled.
Does your child seem distant?
Does it seem his or her speech or social interactions are different than other children their age?
Or, does he or she have behavioral problems and engage in frequent, long-lasting tantrums?
While each child does develop at their own pace, you should take action if you’re concerned. Deciding to “wait and see,” hoping he or she will “grow out of it,” may delay necessary treatment, should there be a problem.
Thankfully, there are treatments and services that can significantly improve a person’s symptoms and quality of life. If your child is on the autism spectrum, early diagnosis and treatment can make a world of difference: A difference affecting the rest of their life, and your own.
To identify the problem take the following steps:
Speak with Your Pediatrician
Some parents may notice a number of the symptoms.
For others, it’s an instinctive feeling that something is not right.
If you are concerned, talk to your pediatrician about what you have observed and possible ASD screening.
Your pediatrician may recommend an evaluation by a professional specializing in ASD diagnosis such as a neurological pediatrician, developmental pediatrician or child psychiatrist.
Learn About Applied Behavior Analysis
If your child is diagnosed with ASD, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment can make a world of difference. ABA is a scientifically validated approach dedicated to understanding learning and behavior in people.
The objective of ABA treatment is to analyze a child’s behavior, and then develop and systematically apply ABA techniques to achieve meaningful change. ABA treatment produces the most effective and widely used interventions for persons with autism. In many states, including New Jersey, ABA is deemed "medically necessary" for persons with autism.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Call your insurance carrier to determine if your policy covers ABA. Ask to be connected to the carrier’s dedicated ABA department, if possible.
Determine the associated costs of ABA treatment, including your deductible, co-payment, co-insurance and maximum out-of-pocket expense. You will then need to determine which ABA providers are in your network
Select Your Treatment Provider
Choosing your ABA provider should be done with care.
It is important to ask:
Can the provider accept clients immediately or in the near-future?
Are their staff members full-time employees who are dedicated and dependable – or, are they freelance (1099) contractors?
How frequently will a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) observe the ABA sessions, review your child’s treatment data, and meet with you to discuss strategies?
Will you have access to data and written teaching strategies?
How much input will you have when it comes to selecting goals and approving strategies?
How will you, as a parent, be taught to replicate the strategies used by the staff to help your child?
What to Expect...
Your Child's Treatment Package
While most providers attempt to rapidly assess a student’s skills and begin treatment, Rinn ABA Consulting takes a more measured approach. Our BCBAs develop a highly individualized treatment package for each child. They customize the package to target the skills and behaviors that matter most to your family. Our BCBA works side-by-side with your child’s ABA Instructor from the very start of the intake phase through the onset of treatment.
Once the ABA treatment has begun, your child’s ABA instructor will come to your home for regular sessions several times per week, and your BCBA will visit approximately once a week, while also managing your child’s treatment via web-based data analysis. Most treatment packages target skills from a variety of areas including social, language/communication, daily living, community, and behavior management.
Achieving Your Family Goals
Parental collaboration is the key to successful home-based treatment. Through the parent’s implementation of ABA strategies, real-life changes occur.
The process by which this is achieved is:
You, the parent, identify a meaningful goal such as “increasing play with sibling”
Your child’s BCBA then designs an individualized strategy to teach the skill, and reviews the strategy with you
Your child’s Instructor implements the strategy during ABA sessions
Once the strategy has helped your child to acquire the skill, you will learn to utilize the strategy, first by observing the Instructor, then by implementing it yourself – all with the help and guidance of the BCBA
Once you have mastered the implementation of the strategy in the presence of the BCBA, you can then incorporate it into your family’s daily life, all while receiving ongoing support and data analysis from our team.
This sequence is repeated for nearly every skill.