Frequently Asked Questions Autism awareness is moving forward continuously, with a growing awareness of the need for early identification and the fact continuing interventions across the lifespan are key to enhancing lives. Health care professionals, legislators, educators, and society at large increasingly recognizes the importance of addressing the diverse abilities of individuals identified with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), as fewer families appears untouched as prevalence rates continue to increase across cultures and classes. Lingering limitations in early identification, treatment, and appropriate service provisions place unnecessary financial and emotional burdens on developing children, their families, friends, the education system, the workforce, and the economy. Listed below are some questions and answers that may provide you with a framework for understanding this emerging field:
Why ABA for my child? Learning that your child displays developmental delays, or has been diagnosed with autism, can create an indescribable emotional and physical burden on you as a parent, and the entire family unit. While you are working through your own emotions, thoughts, and feelings, you realize you need to advocate and do what is best for your child to ensure future success. The list of possible appointments, tests, therapies, and locations quickly becomes insurmountable as you pile books on your nightstand, bookmark page after page on your browser, and try to organize the many notes around your home from phone calls at all times of the day and night. Trying to find your way through the sea of information, while barely treading water as you do your best to calm your child and meet the daily needs of your child and family. In those rare moments of silence, your time is filled becoming an expert in research, therapies, and services. Finding and prioritizing what is going to be best for your child is a challenging task. The beauty of ABA is that the programs and lessons are created solely for the individual and the family in all areas of life.
While we believe that other services and therapies are important, we believe a program with lessons designed specifically for each individual child and family is one of the most crucial aspects to accelerate learning and growth. ABA is not a series of appointments or locations you taxi your child across the region to each week. It is a program that becomes part of the family’s life, designed to be convenient, comprehensive, and complimentary to daily routines. Our goal will always remain to provide child-centered solutions that support you and your child in daily routines, community outings, school, church, and family interactions.
What is ABA Therapy? Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a professional practice which applies the basic principles of learning and behavior to support change. ABA therapy focuses on using scientifically validated measures and methods to identify and navigate attributes influencing an individual’s learning and behavior. Interventions focus on language acquisition, daily living and adaptive behavior skills, social language and social interaction skills, academic skills, work-place skills, community living and interfering behaviors. Applied behavior analysis is the foundation for most evidence-based practices identified in long-term research studies conducted by both the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders and the National Autism Center. It is the primary intervention endorsed by the US Surgeon General, National Institute of Mental Health, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Neurology, and the American Psychological Association. Applying the science of behavior analysis to education and treatment programs provides individuals with skills and strategies to gain success navigating their world.
What is unique about Learning & Behavior Solutions? In addition to providing services to individuals identified with autism spectrum disorder, developmental disorders, and other learning, social, and behavioral disorders, Learning & Behavior Solutions, Inc. strives to continue providing consultative and professional development services to school districts, early education centers, speech, occupational, and physical therapy centers parents, and higher education institutions. Participation in research studies, investigating and applying for grant opportunities, and presenting at local, regional and national conferences remains a goal for the staff of Learning & Behavior Solutions, Inc., in addition to assisting with legislative and ethical issues that lead to barriers to accessing services. This approach allows the staff of Learning & Behavior Solutions to remain connected to all circles in the lives of our children.
What Insurance is Accepted? Learning and Behavior Solutions is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arkansas, Arkansas Medicaid, Aetna, Mercy Behavioral Health, United Healthcare, UMR, Cigna, and QualChoice. If you have another insurance carrier, please contact us and we can explore taking the necessary steps to becoming and in-network provider for your insurance carrier.
What can I do to support Autism Services? As a parent, it is critical that you find a support network that will help you not only cope with the daily life of having a child with developmental delays, but also provide you with a beacon to find your voice. As the number of individuals identified with ASD continues to rise, the resources, access to services, and the availability of health professionals certified to practice ABA remains far too limited. The prevalence of ASD is recognized as a national health emergency, making the provision of appropriate services at all stages of life imperative. Increasing accessibility to services by certified behavior analysts requires advocacy, financial support, and access to resources through collaborative efforts of educational systems and institutions, legislative action, the medical community, professional organizations, insurance commissions, and financial institutions.