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General FAQ

What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)? 

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a philosophy that involves the scientific and systematic application of methods based on behavioral principles. This scientific- and data-driven approach to intervention has been proven successful with a wide variety of behavioral disorders and symptoms.

ABA has been effective when applied to working with individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or related disorders. Intervention is focused on setting up the environment, reducing behavioral symptoms and increasing functional replacement skills.

  • ABA is a science that is used to address socially significant behavior: personal, educational, vocational and social behavior.
  • ABA is systematic in its approach to behavior. Behaviors that are targeted for intervention can be described, observed behaviors.
  • ABA involves data-driven interventions and assessments.
  • ABA works to teach new skills and decrease or extinguish challenging behaviors.
  • ABA has a strong focus on generalization, developing independence and maintaining acquired skills.
  • ABA is a tool that allows for teaching opportunities throughout each day, not just during a session.
My child is under the age of 3, and I have concerns related to autism. How can I be referred for an Autism Assessment with Creative Interventions? 

Creative Interventions provides evaluations to children under the age of 3 through the Connecticut Birth to Three System.

  • A family new to the Birth to Three System can refer your child through the Child Development Hotline: 1.800.505.7000. If you would like to work specifically with Creative Interventions for this evaluation, you can make this request to the Child Development Hotline.
     
  • A family already receiving Birth to Three services that has concerns regarding ASD can ask your Service Coordinator to refer your child for an Autism Assessment, or you can call our office directly to discuss your options. If you would like to work specifically with Creative Interventions for this evaluation, you can make this request when talking with your Service Coordinator.
My child, who is under the age of 3, has just received an autism diagnosis. How can I access Birth to Three services with Creative Interventions? 

Creative Interventions provides services to child under the age of 3 through the Connecticut Birth to Three System.

  • A family new to the Birth to Three System can refer your child through the Child Development Hotline: 1.800.505.7000. Provide the recent diagnosis information at the time of referral. If you would like to work specifically with Creative Interventions for this evaluation, you can make this request to the Child Development Hotline.
     
  • A family already receiving Birth to Three services with a general program should give all recent diagnosis information to your Service Coordinator, who can provide your family with service choices. If you would like to work specifically with Creative Interventions, you can make this request when talking with your Service Coordinator, or you can call our office directly with any questions you may have.
My family is receiving Birth to Three services through Creative Interventions. If I have questions about my services, whom should I call? 

Your Service Coordinator is the first person to talk with regarding your services. You can also contact our Director of Birth to Three, Maris Pelkey, MA, BCBA, at 860-413-9538 ext. 305 or at maris@creativeinterventions.net. 

Intake Process FAQ

How does the process start? 

After the initial phone interview is completed, the assessment process will begin. The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) who conducted the intake will determine which assessment(s) will be necessary. A BCBA will be assigned to conduct the assessment. He or she will come out and complete those assessments in your home with you and your child present.

Who conducts the assessment and what is their training? 

A Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) will conduct the assessment. BCBAs are trained specifically to conduct the unique assessments that are done and will write your child's Treatment Plan (more below).

What types of assessments do you use? 

We use a variety of assessments, depending on the skill level that your child has already achieved. The assessment is determined by the initial interview, which is why we ask all those questions! It gives us a clear picture of the areas that should be targeted.

  • We will also conduct a records review and review previous evaluations and assessments (where applicable) after the interview but prior to completing the in-home assessment in order to assist in identifying the best tool to use.
  • We often use the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment & Placement Program or VB-MAPP (Sundberg, 2008), which looks at those building-block skills of communication.
  • We may also do a Functional Behavior Assessment, which includes direct observation, a behavior rating scale, and ABC data (which you may be asked to collect over time).
  • If social skills are the primary area of concern for your child, then we will conduct a comprehensive social skills assessment, which typically comes in the form of a questionnaire to both you and your child. Some common assessments we may use are Skillstreaming (McGinnis, 2012) and Social Skills Solutions (2002).
What does the assessment process look like? 

Each assessment will be individualized to meet the specific needs of your child and family. Below is an outline of how a typical assessment may go.

  • The first part of the process most likely will be an observation of your child in his or her natural environment (i.e. your home), while collecting data to score particular areas of the assessment. This may also involve direct questioning to you, the parent, to gain a more specific understanding of your child's learning style and accomplishments.
  • The next step may involve specific testing of various skills directly from the assessment. This may take the majority of the session or it may be quick, depending on how rich the observation was in gathering necessary information.
  • Very often, two separate assessment times are scheduled so that your child can take some time to become comfortable with the assessor and demonstrate skills that they have learned over the years.
What happens after the BCBA has left my house? 

When the assessor has finished the assessment with your child, they will then go back to the office and develop a specific plan (called a Treatment Plan) for your child. This plan includes a summary of the information you provided during the interview and a summary of information collected during the assessment. In addition, the Treatment Plan also includes projected goals and objectives to begin services. This doesn't mean everything you wish your child to work on will be included in the beginning; it's just an appropriate place to start. A Treatment Plan is typically within 7-10 business days after the assessment is complete.

  • After the Treatment Plan is written, it is submitted to your insurance company (or other funding source) for approval. The funding source reviews the document, contacts the BCBA with questions, and gives authorization for a specified number of months to deliver services. This process can take as long as 4-6 weeks.
  • While the funding is reviewing the Service Proposal, we are working hard to formulate your child's therapy team. Teams are chosen based on several factors, including the therapists' individual history working with other children with similar needs and their schedule of availability. This can take 2-4 weeks or longer.
  • When a team is coordinated and the funding source has authorized the treatment plan, you will receive a phone call from your child's new therapy team to set up a schedule. This schedule may take a few weeks to put in place, depending on several factors, such as scheduled family vacations and other scheduled events.

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