Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based treatment approach which applies the techniques and principles of behavior analysis. During treatment, the therapist uses these techniques and principles of behavior and learning in order to identify areas of need and to systematically teach skills. The therapist also applies the same principles of behavior and learning in order to identify and reduce displayed challenging behaviors.
ABA is not a “one size fits all” treatment approach. A skilled Behavior Analyst and Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) will work together to individualize intervention techniques in order to target the child’s interests and skill sets so that optimal results are achieved. ABA treatment provided by Coastal Behavior Consulting involves a combination of natural environment instruction and intensive teaching sessions. The end goal for therapy is that the child is able to benefit from and succeed in less restrictive environments.
Verbal Behavior was originally developed by B.F. Skinner in 1957 and is used in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis to assist with the development of language. It is used to teach children that communication can create positive interactions with others in their environment. We use Verbal Behavior Therapy to teach children to make requests, to label objects and to answer questions. Our therapists use a variety of prompting procedures in order to meet the child where their current abilities are in order to encourage language and communication development with errorless learning.
ABA is for everyone! While a diagnosis is necessary for insurance coverage of our services, the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis are effective with a number of populations including typically developing children. The goal with ABA services is to observe the child in order to figure out what skills the child is lacking compared to same age peers and then determine the most effective way to teach the child those skills. Additionally, Applied Behavior Analysis can be used to analyze and intervene on a variety of challenging behaviors displayed by children with and without disabilities.
We provide services at our location in Virginia Beach, VA. Depending upon the needs of the clients, therapist availability and distance, Coastal Behavior Consulting may also provide services on a limited basis in home, school or community-based settings.
Supervising BCBA’s are Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA). The BCBA’s have master’s degrees and are credentialed by Tricare. The BCBA’s directly oversee that integrity is maintained within client specific programming and they directly supervise the behavior technicians daily. All supervising BCBA’s are CPR certified as well.
Registered Behavior Technicians provide the day to day 1:1 therapy and implement the treatment program designed by a Supervising BCBA. Behavior technicians must meet all the qualifications established by the Tricare Autism Demonstration policy. Tricare behavior technicians must pass an extensive criminal background check and become CPR / First Aid certified before working with families. Behavior technicians receive 40 hours of ABA training prior to starting with a child, and receive monthly supervision and ongoing training from a supervising BCBA. All training and supervision is conducted face to face.
We currently accept Tricare and Medicaid. We do accept private pay clients, as well, and are willing to work with new insurance companies as the need arises.
The Tricare Comprehensive Autism Care Demonstration is available to active duty military families as well as retired military families. Military dependents diagnosed with Autism, Asperger’s, PDD-NOS are eligible to participate in the program. The Tricare Comprehensive Autism Care Demonstration is provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, a comprehensive structured program individually designed to address skill deficits (i.e. language, cognitive, social, play, self-help) and problem behaviors in diagnosed children. The Demo program also covers monthly supervision an initial assessment and treatment planning, parent training, and progress updates provided by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst every six months.