CABS provides intensive, 1:1 ABA therapy for children with autism in the home, clinic, and community environments. Our treatment philosophy is to ensure student success by creating motivating environments in which children are encouraged to communicate and participate.
Our therapists work side by side with parents on selecting treatment goals which are socially significant and relevant to the child’s living and learning environments. Data collection procedures and weekly progress monitoring help ensure consistency and increased rates of skill acquisition.
Keeping long term quality of life in mind, our programs focus on teaching children to learn to love learning. Understanding our client's strengths while slowly introducing new challenges allows us to create confident learners. Common skills addressed within ABA programs include social skills, problem solving, communication, leisure and play, self-help, independence, fine and gross motor development, impulse control, self-regulation, and more.
Services are delivered within one of two models: compressive or focused. ABA treatment intensity will vary with each child and should reflect the goals of treatment, specific child needs, and their response to treatment. CABS requires that clients are available for at least 80% of the recommended treatment hours to ensure the best outcomes.
Focused ABA Treatment
Focused ABA treatment generally ranges from 10-20 hours per week of direct treatment (plus direct and indirect supervision and caregiver training). Within the focused ABA model, our team is addressing a limited number of behavior targets. Some examples could be focusing primarily on social skills deficits, addressing a challenging behavior, or addressing independence in self-care. Focused ABA treatment models are not limited by client’s age, cognitive level, or co-occurring conditions.
Comprehensive ABA Treatment
Comprehensive ABA treatment often involves an intensity level of 25-40 hours of 1:1 direct treatment to the client per week, not including caregiver training, direct and indirect supervision, and other needed services. However, very young children may start with a few hours of therapy per day with the goal of increasing the intensity of therapy as their ability to tolerate and participate permits. Treatment hours are subsequently increased or decreased based on the client’s response to treatment and current needs.
Although the recommended number of hours of therapy may seem high, this is based on research findings regarding the intensity required to produce the best outcomes for our clients. It should also be noted that time spent away from therapy may result in the individual falling further behind typical developmental trajectories. Such delays will likely result in increased costs and greater dependence on more intensive services across their life span.
The treatment models and recommendations above are based off the BACB.