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ABA or autism in general?

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What age groups do you work with?

Early Learners (1-5)
School Age (6-10)
Tweens & Teens (11-15)
Young Adults (16-21)


What is ABA therapy, and how does it work?

ABA stands for Applied Behavior Analysis, a scientifically proven approach that focuses on  understanding and improving behaviors in children. It's designed to help your child learn new skills and reduce behaviors that may be challenging. ABA therapists use various techniques tailored to your child's needs, such as positive reinforcement, prompting, and breaking down complex skills into smaller, achievable steps.
In essence, ABA therapy works by identifying behaviors, understanding the reasons behind them, and implementing strategies to encourage positive behaviors while minimizing challenging ones.


What does your approach to ABA therapy look like?

Client satisfaction is our number one priority. Our therapists work around your schedule and preferences, not vice versa. Therapists work closely with your child in fun, interactive sessions, using methods that are personalized to suit their unique strengths and challenges. Through consistent and compassionate guidance, our team of therapists help clients thrive by enhancing their communication, social, academic, and life skills.


What does a typical day in ABA therapy look like?

A typical day in ABA therapy is structured, yet flexible, centered around your child's individual needs and goals. An assigned, regularly scheduled Behavior Technician works directly with your child to teach skills to meet your child’s individual treatment goals. During the two and a half hour session, your child will engage in different tasks and exercises designed to reinforce positive behaviors and learn new skills. These activities can include games, interactive play, educational tasks, and social interactions. A BCBA will also attend sessions regularly to closely supervise and support your Behavior Technician(s). At Step Ahead, we pride ourselves on our high supervision rate which ensures your child receives the highest quality of care and is able to progress consistently.


Can ABA therapy be provided in a home setting, or does it require a specialized center?

Yes, ABA therapy can absolutely be provided in a home setting! ABA therapy is highly  adaptable and can be conducted in various environments, including your home. In fact, many families find home-based ABA therapy to be particularly beneficial because it allows for a more personalized approach tailored to your child's daily routines and typical surroundings, enabling them to apply skills more effectively to real-life situations.
While ABA therapy can also take place in specialized centers or clinics, the choice between  home-based or center-based therapy often depends on what works best for your child and family's preferences. Both settings can be equally effective in helping your child learn and  progress based on their unique needs and circumstances.


Will my child have to attend ABA therapy full-time?

ABA therapy is intensive, with most clients receiving 15-35 hours per week to give them sufficient support to achieve their goals. The frequency and duration of ABA therapy sessions are typically determined based on your child's individual needs and goals. ABA therapy is highly customizable, and the scheduling can be flexible to accommodate your family's schedule and your child's requirements.


What role do parents/caregivers play in ABA therapy?

Parents and caregivers play a crucial role in their child's ABA therapy journey. You are an essential part of the therapy process, and your involvement is highly encouraged and valued by ABA professionals.
As a parent, you're a key member of the therapy team, collaborating closely with therapists and  supervisors to support your child's progress. Your insights into your child's behaviors, preferences, and daily routines are incredibly valuable for developing personalized treatment plans.
Remember, each family's involvement in ABA therapy can vary based on individual circumstances and preferences. The goal is to create a collaborative and supportive environment where parents and therapists work hand-in-hand to help children achieve their fullest potential.


How do I know if ABA therapy is the right choice for my child?

If your child with an autism diagnosis could benefit from improving behaviors, learning new skills, or enhancing social interactions, ABA therapy might be a great fit. A consultation with Step Ahead can help assess your child's needs and determine if ABA therapy aligns with their unique strengths and challenges


What specific areas or skills can ABA therapy help my child improve?

ABA therapy is incredibly versatile and can assist in various areas such as communication, social skills, academics, behavior management, daily living skills, and more! At Step Ahead, our programs are customized to address your child's individual goals, helping them develop skills that are meaningful and essential for their growth and independence.

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