Beginning October 2020, Envision Unlimited will offer in-home Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children between the ages of 2 and 13.  This evidence-based intervention encourages positive socially important behaviors (may include communication and language, social skills, and adaptive behavior such as eating and toileting) and discourages negative behaviors. Outcomes include improvement in social, communication, reading and academic skills. ABA also has had a positive impact on adaptive learning skills, such as gross and fine motor dexterity, personal self-care, and eating.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in every 88 children has been identified with having an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Autism affects a significant proportion of the population, and effective and research-based therapies are necessary to support youth in achieving their goals.  The CDC has assessed ABA as the best supported and widely accepted therapy used in many schools and treatment clinics.  

ABA Goals for Children:  

  • Improve behaviors, such as sitting in class and working on an assignment for one minute OR initiating a social interaction with a peer, asking a peer a question, making eye contact with a peer, or greeting others in a socially appropriate manner; 

  • Learn new skills, such as tooth brushing, dressing, eating; 

  • Enhance communication skills, such as making a request by speaking, gesturing, or an eye gaze;  

  • Maintain behaviors such as self-control and self-monitoring procedures;  

  • Ability to generalize or transfer behavior from one situation or response to another; 

  • Reduce aggressive behaviors, such as those that would lead to self-injury.   

How It Works 

The process begins with an interview, followed by a visit to the home by a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA) who conducts an assessment and develops a treatment plan for the child. Next, a registered behavior technician (RBT) implements the treatment plan in the home setting, providing ABA therapy 4-30 hours per week. The BCBA supervises the RBT, observes some of the home sessions (either in person or via telehealth), and offers feedback. The child’s progress is measured and reassessed. If necessary, goals are adjusted depending on the child’s needs.  

ABA therapy is covered by private insurance carriers: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL), Cigna, and Optum (UnitedHealth Group). For more information on EU’s youth behavior services, email Danielle Walters at dwalters@envisionunlimited.org