Envision Unlimited is planning the launch of our in-home Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy services for children between the ages of 2 and 13. According to the 2020 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in every 54 children has been identified as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
The CDC has assessed ABA as the best supported and widely accepted therapy used in many schools and treatment clinics. This evidence-based intervention encourages positive, socially important behaviors such as communication and language, social skills, as well as adaptive behaviors 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. Those are the outcomes we strive to deliver.
ABA Goals for Children:
Improved 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;
Learning new skills, such as tooth brushing, dressing, eating;
Enhanced communication skills, such as making a request by speaking, gesturing, or an eye gaze;
Maintaining behaviors such as self-control and self-monitoring procedures;
Ability to generalize or transfer behavior from one situation or response to another;
Reduction in aggressive behaviors, such as those that would lead to self-injury.
How It Works
Our Clinical Intake Process starts by submitting forms detailing contact information and insurance eligibility or Self-Pay fee schedule. After we have received the documents and verified insurance coverage or discussed the Self-Pay, we will send authorization to begin an Initial Assessment (for commercial insurance), then schedule an In-Home Assessment with one of our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA).
The BCBA will create a treatment plan for your child. The BCBA will train a second specialist, a registered behavioral technician (RBT), to implement the plan in the family home. ABA therapy will be conducted 3-30 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). Sign up for services or contact Sign up for services or contact us at ABATherapy@envisionunlimited.org, Danielle Walters, Ph.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jameera Jackson at email@example.com.