applied behavior analysis (ABA)

definition of applied behavior analysis (ABA): A scientific approach for evaluating behavior. ABA provides scientific information that helps guide behavioral therapy approaches. ABA may also refer to any behavioral therapy that utilizes the scientific information about behavior.

Minnesota Legislators Propose Insurance Coverage of Intensive Behavior Therapy

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Minnesota is joining the growing list of states that are requiring insurance companies to cover autism therapies.

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Minnesota is joining the growing list of states that are requiring insurance companies to cover autism therapies. The legislature originally asked for no dollar or age limit on the autism coverage, but due to budget cuts, the coverage is limited to $50,000 per year, per child. Applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy, as intensive behavior therapy may be called, is often not covered by insurance in the same way that speech and physical therapies are.

Colorado Springs is Home to PlayDate Behavioral Interventions

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PlayDate Behavioral Interventions provides ABA, respite, and educational placement for kids with autism and their families.

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PlayDate Behavioral Interventions provides ABA, respite, and educational placement for kids with autism and their families. PlayDate founder, Christina Nulk, notice a gap in Colorado Springs' services; there were more kids with special needs requiring intervention and therapy than there were facilities to provide them. PlayDate therapists provide in-home therapy, in-school therapy, and therapy at their 5,000 square foot facility, which contains a sensory gym and a kitchen for life skills training. In addition, PlayDate offers much of its care for free. Nulk explained, “There is an unmet need for behavioral therapy in a fun environment and we are working hard to ensure that every child that needs it has the opportunity for this kind of service.”

West Texas Autism Center Offers ABA Services

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Melissa Richardson, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, founded the West Texas Autism Center in Abilene.

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Melissa Richardson, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), founded the West Texas Autism Center in Abilene. Having worked in the autism and special education field for over 35 years, she’s a strong believer in early intervention. The center focuses on applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy for the clients, who range in age from 2 to 27. Richardson explained, “The earlier we get in there and teach them those skills, the more they're going to progress and be able to apply what they know.”

Camp in Florida Begins Taking Applications for Kids with Autism

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We don’t ever feel it’s too early to think about camping, neither does Autism Pensacola.

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We don’t ever feel it’s too early to think about camping, neither does Autism Pensacola. Kids for Camp 2013 recently began taking applications for summer camp. Weekly camp is provided for kids and teens with autism and run from July to August. The camp provides ABA and verbal behavior therapies. The camp has partnered with a national inclusion project called Let’s All Play.

Kentucky Center Expands to Include Autism Services

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Growing Minds Learning Center has added autism therapies to its offerings.

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Growing Minds Learning Center has added autism therapies to its offerings. The Kentucky-based center has been open since 2009, but has just added applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapies for kids with autism. They offer a pre-school program and a one-on-one clinical area for autism. Each family works with Growing Minds to find the best way to treat their child. A local activity center for special needs, Puzzle Pieces, is also involved in therapies at Growing Minds.

Children with Autism and Their Parents Learn ABA Together

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Jump Start 4 Autism is a program at The Lakeview School where parents and their kids with autism learn ABA therapy together.

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Jump Start 4 Autism is a new program at The Lakeview School where parents and their kids with autism learn applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy together. The focus is for the parents to learn how to use ABA at home. Jump Start 4 Autism is administered by The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Jersey. Dr. Barbie Zimmerman-Bier of St. Peter’s explained, “The program is designed to educate the children based on the principles of applied behavioral analysis and at the same time educate parents about these techniques.”

Collaboration between Center and College will Help Kids and Families with Autism

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The Pier Center for Autism will provide autism services and Briar Cliff College students will learn ABA skills at the center.

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The Pier Center for Autism will provide autism services and Briar Cliff University students will learn ABA therapy skills at the center. It’s a win-win for families with autism and for increasing the number of trained ABA therapists in Iowa. Jan Turbes at the Pier Center explained their services, “We have some kiddos who have difficulty with socialization, getting along with peers, understanding that give and take of communication.” Paul Olsen at Briar Cliff explained that the university would like to graduate 100 board certified ABA therapists in the next 10 years; they will get most of their practical experience at the Pier Center.

Newfoundland Computer Students Create New App for Kids with Autism

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Computer students at Memorial University are in the midst of a “code-a-thon” to benefit the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Computer students at Memorial University are in the midst of a “code-a-thon” to benefit the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador. The students have 48 hours to create and complete a Web program that will pair children with autism and applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapists in their area. ABA Lookup is designed to shorten the length of time it sometimes takes to find an ABA therapist. The online matching program will take into account location, gender preference, and certifications.

Texas Gets New Autism Learning Center

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ACI Learning Centers opened a full-service autism facility in Southlake TX.

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ACI Learning Centers opened a full-service autism facility in Southlake TX. ACI Learning Centers, which has locations around the U.S., including facilities for military families, focuses on evidence-based therapies, ABA, and other developmental delays. Nancy Champlin, executive director, explained, “We specialize in teaching what others find most challenging — and in my experience, the most valuable — which is verbal communication, social interaction and play skills.” ACI Learning Centers offers support to parents and families by using play therapy as the way to best accomplish new skills.

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