What is Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is an evidence-based approach known for success in treating individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities. ABA therapy is backed by decades of proven research that shows it is the most effective intervention for helping people with autism achieve learning milestones and reduce challenging behavior.
The emphasis is on individualized treatment goals built to reduce challenging behaviors and improve skills around communication, social, play, cognitive, and adaptive learning.
Breakout and ABC Children’s Academy’s mission
is to bring ABA therapy into the inclusive classroom setting under one roof with other therapy providers to enhance the child’s ability to learn in the natural environment around typically developing kids.
HOW TO GET STARTED
If your child has an Autism diagnosis,..
Contact Dara Leavell at Recovery Zone, 479-968-1198 or Amanda Farmer at ABC Children’s Academy, 479-968-5048 to get the ABA assessment process started.
We ask that you be able to provide paperwork stating your child’s diagnosis. Typically, this will include three documents:
- Psychological evaluation
- Speech language evaluation
- Diagnostic documentation stating impressions and recommendations.
If your child does not have an Autism diagnosis and you have concerns, please consult with your primary care physician to obtain proper testing.
About Breakout/ Brandon
As a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst
Brandon was able to be a large part of clinical startups in Northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith over the past 7 years, Brandon sees the insurmountable need to bring evidence-based and high-quality ABA therapy to the River Valley area so that all families impacted with an autism diagnosis have the best resources available to build the future they dream of for their child and family. Brandon’s emphasis is on teaching kids in the natural environment and creating individualized programs to meet any child’s needs.
Through collaboration in a classroom environment with teachers, speech, physical, developmental, and occupational therapists, the addition of ABA therapy programs at ABCCA will give these children the best opportunity to engage in an inclusive
environment. Breakout believes in the importance of parent involvement and training so that skills can be generalized at home.
In 2006-2007, 42 students with Autism were studied by half receiving 35-40 hours of ABA therapy per week and the other half with no ABA therapy per week and attending special education services and public school.
ABA Therapy Received
- 17/21 children included in regular
education after 3 years
- Signicantly higher IQ and Adaptive
No ABA and Public-School Special Education Only
- 1/21 children included in regular
education after 3 years
- Stagnant IQ and Adaptive Behavior
Cited Sources: Eikeseth S, Smith T, Jahr E, Eldevik S. Outcome for children with autism who began intensive behavioral treatment between ages 4 and 7: a comparison controlled study. Behav Modif. 2007 May;31(3):264-78. doi:10.1177/0145445506291396. PMID: 17438342.
ABA therapy is a service covered by Arkansas Medicaid and some Insurance companies. If you are interested in finding out more information about funding for ABA services, please call the Recovery Zone once to determine your Medicaid and/or Insurance eligibility.
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Testimonials About Recovery Zone
We love RZ and our PT, Shandy Toland! Shandy has been seeing my sweet boy since he was 2 months old and we are so grateful for her and her attentiveness to my baby’s needs.