ABA Therapy Overview
Welcome to ABA Therapy at Project Play Therapy!
Does your child engage in behavior that negatively impacts daily life? Do you need help managing and supporting your child’s behavior? Does your child have a diagnosis that impacts their behavior? ABA therapy could be for you! We currently serve children and families in the greater Nashville area, as well as Brentwood, Franklin, and Cool Springs.
What is ABA Therapy? ABA stands for Applied Behavior Analysis. Our therapists apply the scientific principles of human behavior, in everyday settings, to change and impact your child’s behaviors.
Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) collect and analyze data to find out why your child is engaging in challenging behavior. Once they determine the reason for your child’s behaviors, our BCBA will work alongside you to determine the new behaviors your child will learn. Because we believe that every child should enjoy learning, we strive to make this process fun!
Our BCBAs specialize in building skills including communication, social skills, attention to tasks, play and leisure skills, academic readiness, and self-help skills to help your child reach his/her fullest potential.
How Does ABA Differ From Other Therapies
- ABA is widely recognized as the most effective treatment for children with autism, developmental disabilities, and children who engage in challenging behavior.
- The Center for Disease Control, National Institute for Mental Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the Surgeon General of the United States are all federal entities that support ABA as an effective practice.
- ABA therapy is much more intensive than other therapies that Project Play Therapy provides. Our BCBAs prescribe therapy hours based on the results of your child’s assessment, ranging from 10-30 hours per week. Because intensive therapy helps your child make the most progress, we are committed to providing all hours necessary for your child to be successful.
- While ABA therapy has a focus on challenging behavior, it also covers a wide variety of other behaviors that are necessary for your child’s participation in at school, at home, and with friends. See below for a list of common focus areas!
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During the intake process, eligibility for insurance coverage will be determined by our ABA Administration team. Once approved, your child will be placed with a BCBA who will conduct an intake meeting to gather more information from you.
Your child’s BCBA and behavior technicians will conduct a formal assessment of challenging behavior and comprehensive skill assessment which occurs over a period of weeks. We approve in-home sessions based on family location.
Plan of Care
Your child’s interests, preferences, and current skills help to individualize a Plan of Care where our BCBAs will prescribe your child a number of ABA therapy hours per week. We ask families to dedicate time to support their child in achieving goals outlined in the Plan of Care.
Treatment includes direct therapy from behavior technicians, and BCBAs who supervise therapy hours and provide regular parent training. Data are collected on goals throughout treatment to inform parents on their child’s progress.
Discharge is our ultimate goal! Therefore, every 6 months, eligibility for discharge is reviewed by the BCBA and parent/caregivers. Discharge is a data-based decision that depends on your child’s progress, mastery of goals, current needs, and your input!