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Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Therapy

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy helps children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (also known as ASD) build skills and remove barriers to learning. Common goals of ABA include improving communication skills, minimizing harmful behaviors and increasing academic success.

At AccessCNY, we recognize that every child is different. That’s why our team of trained professionals create an individualized treatment plan for each child, taking into account personal strengths, challenges/obstacles and areas of growth. Whenever possible, skills are taught in the environment where they naturally occur (for example, a child asking their parent for food in the home). Therefore, services can be provided at home, school, in our therapy space or in the community. 

Most importantly, AccessCNY’s ABA services are provided one-on-one, allowing each child to receive the undivided attention they need to learn and grow, both today and in the years to come.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)?

Applied Behavioral Analysis is a therapy that seeks to create positive changes in key areas of daily life. Depending on your location, you may hear ABA referred to as Applied Behavior Analysis, Applied Behavior Analysis therapy or ABA therapy. Regardless of what name is used, each ABA program is based on scientific research about learning and behavior and how each change over time. 

To learn more, visit the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s website here

What should I look for in an ABA program?

Individualized treatment plans! ABA programs should not be “one size fits all” and should never feel like a set of tedious, repetitive drills. Good ABA programs will work with the child and their family to create a unique treatment plan that takes into account personal strengths and goals. 

What types of skills can ABA build?

ABA can help decrease obstacles and increase skills in a variety of areas. Some common goals include: 

  • Increasing language and communication skills
  • Improving memory and the ability to focus
  • Developing social skills
  • Improving academics
  • Decreasing dangerous or problematic behaviors
  • Improving daily living skills such as toileting

What type of professional provides ABA?

ABA therapy is provided by a team of qualified professionals with specialized training in learning and behavior. Generally, this includes: 

  • Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) who works directly with the child on developing skills and decreasing problematic behaviors
  • Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) who will help identify a child’s strengths and weaknesses and create a plan to effectively address their needs

How much time do I need to devote to ABA per week?

At AccessCNY, treatment plans usually require a minimum of 15 hours of ABA support per week.

Who can sign up for ABA services?

Currently, New York state has only approved ABA services for individuals with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Additionally, a prescription for ABA must be obtained from your doctor before services are provided. 

Is ABA covered by insurance?

Insurance coverage varies by provider. Currently, Medicaid managed care plans do not cover ABA services, however several private insurances do, including: 

  • Aetna
  • Anthem BCBS
  • Empire
  • Empire BCBS
  • Excellus BCBS
  • Fidelis (not medicaid managed care)
  • Healthnet
  • Martins Point
  • MVP
  • UHC/Optum

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