Applied Behaviour Analysis Child and Adolescent Services (ABACAS)
What do we do?
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is defined as the systematic application of behavioural principles in order to change socially significant behaviour Socially significant behaviour includes skills such as, language, self-help, play, social and emotional awareness/regulation, as well as academics (e.g. maths and reading).
The principles of ABA can be used to help children develop skills in their every day life, from greeting others to playing with peers, from putting on shoes to brushing your teeth. Put simply, whenever there is behaviour the principles of ABA can be applied. As well as helping individuals to acquire skills, ABA uses a functions based approach to also reduce challenging behaviours that may be serving as barriers to your child’s learning and development.
Our ABA Team work collaboratively with the Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Psychologists in the Centre. An integrated combination of ABACAS services and individual therapies (Speech, Psychology and/or Occupational Therapy) can be negotiated based on the needs of your child.
The research consistently tells us that ABA is an effective intervention!
In April 2015 the National Autism Center (NAC) released Phase 2 of The National Standards Report. This report was designed to offer parents reliable information and comprehensive resources to help them make informed choices about the most effective interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
The report reviewed interventions for ASD based on research published between 2007-2012. The results strengthen the findings from The Nationals Standards Project Phase 1, showing overwhelming empirical support for interventions that are behaviourally based.
Behavioural interventions formed the largest category of those labelled as, ‘Established Interventions.’ This means that the report depicts that there is sufficient evidence to confidently conclude that behavioural interventions are effective for individuals with ASD.
In addition, according to a report funded by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) ABA is the only early intervention listed as, ‘Eligible Based on Established Research Evidence’ for the Helping a Child with Autism (HCWA) funding package (Prior, Roberts, Rodger & Williams, 2011). Again, this demonstrates the wealth of research supporting ABA as an effective intervention for individuals with ASD.
Initial appointments are scheduled with a Case Manager who will focus on your concerns and aims and with you decide whether our program is the right fit for your child and family.
This will be followed by an assessment session with a Case Manager and your child. From here a program will be developed focusing on the needs of your child and a behaviour therapist will be assigned to work with them. Next, a meeting will be arranged with Case Manager, therapist and yourself to discuss the program goals and to allow opportunity to ask questions.
Once a program has been established, session times with your child’s Behavioural Therapist(s) will be scheduled. We will do our best to schedule therapy session times that are most suitable for you and your family. We encourage parent participation in therapy as much as possible. However, we are also able to conduct therapy sessions at your child’s school/day care (if permissible), if these times are more convenient.
Our Team of Behaviour Therapists
ABACAS has a team of highly dedicated and enthusiastic Behavioural Therapists. All therapists hold an allied health or education degree and are experienced in delivering ABA therapy sessions to individuals with developmental disabilities. Many are also working on their registration as psychologists or undertaking masters level studies.
All therapists are active Registered Behaviour Technicians under the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board (BACB). They are required to be currently practising and to have 5% of their work time supervised by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) or Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst (BCaBA).
From time to time we employ entry level therapists. These are therapists who are gaining their RBT qualifications. Beginning therapists have a lower hourly rate initially and are provided with more supervision as they learn the skills involved with the role. They usually move to the full therapist rate within six months of training and on passing their RBT exam.
All therapists in the team undergo continual supervision and training, with regular in-session observations to ensure high quality service delivery to our families.
Positive Behaviour Support (Behaviour Consultation Services)
Our Case Managers are able to provide consultancy services to parents and schools on children’s challenging behaviours. Consultancy includes assessment, the development of behavioural intervention plans, training for those responsible for implementing plans (e.g. parents and carers, support workers and school staff), regular reviews and monitoring of progress.
Consultation services tend to target a particular challenging behaviour and are often complimentary to therapy programs.
For More Information
Please contact the Centre for more information on our services on 9274 7062.
Referrals for Psychology are only necessary if associated with the Allied Health Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care via your GP; or through a Paediatrician for the Helping Children with Autism Medicare or Better Start rebates. Please contact the Child Wellbeing Centre, Midland for more information.