Behavior Analysis is the science of behavior, with a history extending back to the early 20th century. Its guiding philosophy is behaviorism, which is based on the premise that attempts to improve the human condition through behavior change (e.g., education, behavioral health treatment) will be most effective if behavior itself is the primary focus.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is best known for its success in treating individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (e.g., Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities). Treatment in this area is effective across an individual’s lifespan (i.e., childhood, adolescence, adulthood). In young children with developmental disabilities such as ASD, the goal of intensive, comprehensive intervention is to improve cognitive, language, social, and self-help skills.
ABA involves teaching behaviors essential to functioning effectively in the home, school, and community. ABA can also decrease severe problem behaviors that endanger health and safety, and limit educational, residential, or vocational options.
To date, behavior-analytic scientists have conducted thousands of studies to identify the laws of behavior—the predictable ways in which behavior is learned and how it changes over time. The underlying theme of much of this work has been that behavior is a product of its circumstances, particularly the events that immediately follow the behavior. Behavior analysts have used this information to develop numerous techniques and treatment approaches for analyzing and changing behavior, and ultimately, to improve lives.
A thorough review and assessment of the child’s development and behavior using national, evidence-based practice standards, which may include:
Treatment of the multiple affected developmental domains, such as cognitive, communicative, social, emotional, and adaptive functioning as well as maladaptive behaviors.
The Guidelines state that intensity levels of 30-40 hours per week are common and necessary to achieve meaningful improvements in a large number of treatment targets.
Treatment provided directly to the client for a limited number of behavioral targets [functional skills, problem behaviors].
Intensity levels in a range of 10-25 hours per week, with the caveat that the intensity may need to be higher depending on the nature of the target behaviors and other considerations, individualized to each client.
The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised (M-CHAT-R) is a screener that will ask a series of 20 questions about your child’s behavior. It's intended for toddlers between 16 and 30 months of age. The results will let you know if a further evaluation may be needed. You can use the results of the screener to discuss any concerns that you may have with your child’s healthcare provider.
Please answer questions to reflect your child's usual behaviors. If the behavior is rare (e.g., you've seen it only once or twice), answer as if the child has not acquired the behavior.
Step 1: Go to your doctor and request the needed documents for ABA services.
Step 2: Contact us to review your doctor's order.
Step 3: We will send a request for BA services to eQHealth for review.
Step 4: eQHealth has professionals that will review the information your provider submits.
Step 5: You will get a letter in the mail letting you know the outcome.
Children's Medical Services (CMS) is a collection of special programs for eligible children with special needs whose development is behind their peers and the families of those children - Florida's Early Steps System
eQHealth Solutions is the company that reviews all requests for ABA services covered under Florida Medicaid.
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