Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a type of therapy that can improve social, communication and learning skills through positive reinforcement. Our ABA teams develop and implement unique programs for social, language, academic, self-help, motor and related skills.
ABA is so effective that there is a mandate in South Carolina requiring some insurance companies and Medicaid to pay for this medically necessary treatment.
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Our program includes an assessment and treatment plan to improve a child’s communication, social relationships, self-care, school behavior and play. It uses natural environment teaching, so children can transfer what they learn to multiple areas such as at home and out in the community and school. Each child’s plan is individualized to their needs with well-defined goals to accurately assess progress.
ABA is 1:1 therapy (1 therapist per child) so there are no groups – in order to participate in the ABA program at SOS Care at this time, you need to have a diagnosis of autism as well as deficits in one or more of the following areas:
- adaptive and self-care skills
- attending and social referencing
- cognitive functioning
- community participation
- coping and tolerance skills
- emotional development
- family relationships
- language and communication
- play and leisure skills
- pre-academic skills
- reduction of interfering or inappropriate behaviors
- safety skills
- self-advocacy and independence
- social relationships
ABA procedures include different types of reinforcement (e.g., positive) and schedules of reinforcement, differential reinforcement, shaping, chaining, behavioral momentum, prompting and fading, behavioral skills training, extinction, functional communication training, discrete-trial teaching, incidental teaching, self-management, functional assessment, preference assessments, activity schedules, generalization and maintenance procedures, among many others. The field of behavior analysis is constantly developing and evaluating applied behavior-change procedures.
Our ABA Program serves children ages 2+
ABA Therapy is offered Monday through Saturday.
ABA Services are offered in one of our clinics or in your home.
Clinic locations include Horry, Georgetown, Berkeley, Dorchester and Charleston Counties
We accept multiple insurances; however, some of those insurances have copays / deductibles / coinsurances that families may be responsible for. We also accept private pay clients. Currently, there are no waivers to cover ABA therapy services.
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ABA therapy may be focused or comprehensive:
Focused ABA therapy may involve increasing socially appropriate behavior (for example, increasing communication) or reducing problem behavior (e.g., physical aggression) as the primary goal.
Comprehensive ABA Treatment may involve early intensive behavioral intervention where the overall goal is to decrease the gap between the client’s present level of functioning and that of his/her typically developing peers. These programs tend to range from 30-40 hours of treatment per week (plus direct and indirect supervision and caregiver training).
In addition, the ABA therapy program model at SOS Care incorporates the following:
Emphasis on parent training
Tiered service delivery model with certified staff
Early Intervention ABA Services
Our early intervention program is focused on teaching children the importance of language and communication. Children learn to communicate through systematic teaching using preferred items found in their everyday life. Once our learners are successful in communicating, these skills are targeted in a more comprehensive manner. In addition to communication skills, our therapy program involves teaching social and independent play, daily living skills, group routines, and generalization to the home and community environments.
- 1:1 Intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy
- We provide a comprehensive assessment for each child. Based on the assessment, an individualized program is developed for each child which typically includes strategies for decreasing problem behaviors and skills targeted for acquisition such as expressive and receptive language, daily living/adaptive, and social skills. Some examples of skills targeted in this program may include requesting, handwashing, and greeting others.
After “Early Intervention” ABA Services
As our learners make progress, their needs and goals often change from those of an “early learner” to a more advanced learner. As skills are being mastered and problem behaviors are being decreased, we are able to focus on a variety of more complex skills, such as social, daily living/adaptive, and language skills. Some examples of skills targeted in this program may include problem solving, self-management, maintaining conversations, identifying nonverbal cues, and flexibility with change.
Our ABA Therapists
All of our ABA Therapists are certified as Registered Behavior Technicians through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Each child will have a team specifically trained in that learner’s specific program
There are two tiers to our program: Consultant (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT’s). The consultant assesses a learner’s problem behaviors and skill deficits in order to develop an individualized program for each learner. In addition, the consultant supervises and trains the RBT’s on each learner’s team. RBT’s are staff working directly with the learner each day.
Parent training is also provided by the BCBA on an ongoing basis. Parent training is a key component to a child’s overall progress.