Common Questions

APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS (ABA)

Behavior Analysis is the scientific approach to understanding behavior. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) applies the principles of learning and motivation to manage challenging behaviors and increase functional skill development. ABA is an evidence-based approach and is widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities.


APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS THERAPY (ABA)

For cases that involve RBTs, each child is assigned one or two dedicated providers, depending on the number of hours of 1:1 therapy they will receive each week. These decisions are made with the family based on their schedules and the RBT’s availability.

Yes! Understanding Behavior can provide services up to the number of hours that have been authorized by your insurance provider. Our ABA Providers have the capacity to deliver services any day of the week as intensively as needed and authorized.

All of our behavior consultation services begin with an initial assessment of the child’s behavior. Each family is assigned one Board Certified Behavior Analyst(BCBA). The assigned BCBA will conduct observations, oral interviews with family members and care providers and will take behavioral data across various environments. The BCBA will study your child’s behavior to determine its function and to develop a plan for treatment.

The treatment plan will identify behavioral goals and objectives for functional skill development. The BCBA will recommend specific strategies for behavior management and skill development and will train participating family members and care providers to implement treatment.

If your child has been assigned a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), this individual will work under the supervision of the BCBA and provide intensive behavior support to you and your child.

Treatment is typically prescribed in either an one-year or six-month increment. If after six months the BCBA determines continued treatment is the best course of action, an updated treatment plan for continuing care will be recommended and reviewed.


FAMILY INVOLVEMENT

Understanding Behavior believes in taking a collaborative approach to treatment. We will work with any individual and/or support services that we are authorized to provide services to.

Understanding Behavior believes our “clients” include the family as well as the child. ABA services will be provided to you and your child concurrently: Family members are expected to be active participants in every step of service delivery in order to be able to apply the behavior management techniques outside of the direct service sessions. In addition, input from family members is very important to us when assessing behavior, developing goals and implementing treatment plans.


ABA PROFESSIONALS

Each BCBA provides support to typically no more than 2 or 3 cases, which they supervise every month over the course of several sessions. Each RBT is typically assigned to no more than 4 cases at any given time.

Absolutely yes, all services are facilitated and supervised by a BCBA.

All of our ABA Services are supervised by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA), who are credentialed with Master’s Degrees and certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. All of our BCBA providers have experience providing ABA services to individuals with developmental disabilities, including individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

All of our Registered Behavior Technicians(RBTs) have been tested by and registered with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. They have at least a Bachelor’s Degree, in addition to having experience working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. All of our Registered Behavior Technicians are directly supervised by our Board Certified Behavior Analysts.


ASSESSMENT

Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts are responsible for determining which approach to assessment they will employ based on their initial intake meeting. Assessments can include record review, interviews, direct observation and formal clinical assessments. Assessments include, but are not limited to the following: – Social Responsiveness Scale
– Motivational Assessment Scale
– Reinforcer Assessment for Individuals with Severe Disabilities (RAISD)
– Strong Interest Inventory (SII)
– Parent Stress Index
– Scales of Independent Behavior – Revised (SIB-R)
– Adaptive Behavior Assessment System
– Developmental Assessment of Young Children (DAYC)
– Vineland II
– Child Autism Rating Scale (CARS)


METHODOLOGY

Understanding Behavior supports the use of any evidence-based methods used for treatment within the scope of best practice behavior analysis. Based on the initial assessment, your Behavior Analyst will determine the best approach to treatment.


LOCATION & SERVICE AREAS

Our ABA Providers are currently supporting children and families in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Texas and Washington State. If we do not currently provide services in your state and you’d like to request support, please contact us.


INSURANCE COVERAGE OF ABA THERAPY

Understanding Behavior currently is currently in-network with the following insurance carriers:

  • Tri-Care
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield of California
  • MODA
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Beacon Health Strategies
  • Premera Blue Cross – Microsoft and Amazon
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Managed Health Network
  • Optum / United Behavioral Health

We’ve additionally worked with Cigna and US Family Health Plan. We are currently in the process of contracting with other insurance companies and encourage you to contact us for additional information.

Every insurance plan is different, and must be thoroughly evaluated to determine whether or not Applied Behavior Analysis is covered. A majority of our clients do access their insurance benefits at some level.


GETTING STARTED

Please contact Understanding Behavior, Inc., by telephone or complete our contact request form and one of our staff will be in touch with you to address your questions on getting started.


ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS

If you’d like to speak to someone regarding services, contact us via phone at 888-657-4456, by email at contactubi@understandingbehavior.com , or complete the contact us form.