Frequently Asked Questions
What research supports ABA?
Behavior Analysis first began with research in the 1930's. In 1961, behavioral analysis was used to teach individuals to communicate and the field of applied behavior analysis (or ABA) was born. ABA places a high focus on socially significant results. It was finally in 1998 that the Behavior Analyst Certification Board set a quality standard for individuals receiving ABA services. Today, behavior analysts continue to develop the field of ABA with clinical research. For more information on recent research studies click below.
What does therapy look like?
During the DT intake process, the caregiver will have the opportunity to express their personal goals and desired outcomes. Is it increasing independence in adaptive skills? Or decreasing tantrums at the toy store? Each caregiver will have a different answer of what their priority is, but DT will provide you with the foundational skills to get there and also the insight to prioritize what skills can have the most significant impact given the current environment.
Where does therapy happen?
Therapy should be conducted in a variety of settings across different activities to promote generalization and maintenance of skills. We currently offer services in the home and community setting. Some agencies offer center based sessions in a closed and controlled environment. Most individuals will need a mix of center based and home sessions for a successful treatment plan.
How long is treatment?
There will never be a concrete answer to the question "How long will they need ABA?" The need for ABA therapy is defined by two main points:
Decreasing problem behaviors that are socially inappropriate or dangerous to the individual.
Increasing skills that contribute to the individual's ability to function independently and appropriately within their environment, including social and nonsocial aspects.
The need for services ends when the above items are resolved.
Research shows individuals who participated in intensive programs at an early age were indistinguishable from their peers within several years. Individual's differences such as developmental disorders, commodities, age at onset of therapy, intensity and amount of therapy received, and so on will affect the overall need and length of treatment.
Is ABA just for people with an ASD diagnosis?
No! Majority of research studies regarding ABA have been with individuals with autism. However, ABA can also be helpful for individuals with ADHD, ODD, Conduct Disorders, learning differences, individuals engaging in aggressive or disruptive behaviors, or individuals with skill deficits that interfere with their ability to function independently.
Are there any restrictions on who can receive ABA?
DT has an ethical obligation to provide clients with the best chance for a successful and effective treatment plan. We currently do not have the resources to provide ABA services for clients who are aged 15 years and older.
We encourage all potential clients to complete our intake process in order to determine if the client's current needs can be supported by DT staff. If it is deemed DT is unable to provide the most effective treatment plan, a referral will be made.
What is payment like?
ABA therapy may be covered by your health insurance. Dream Team Behavioral Services, LLC also offers all services at a private pay rate.
Caregivers receive a detailed statement of all services billed.
Payment is typically collected through insurance unless a private pay contract is obtained. Caregivers are responsible for all co-pays.
We are currently in Network with Cigna and Magellan. Some health plans may approve out-of-network benefits. For more information, click here: