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Some answers to common questions and links to helpful resources about Applied Behavior Analysis.​

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Frequently Asked Questions

A behavioral assessment is a formal tool used to analyze an individual’s current skills and behavioral repertoires. Assessments are also used to identify the pivotal skills and behaviors that will help individuals build a repertoire of self-advocacy, independence, productivity, and interpersonal relationships within their community. Developing these skills and behaviors is fundamental to creating a path toward both happiness and behavior change. At B.E.T.H., we consider assessments to be an important guide on the path to success. That said, our experience tells us that no path is the same and our treatment plans are always customized to meet your needs.

The assessments we use are determined by the targeted behavior and desired outcomes of new and existing skills. Based on your intake, we determine which assessments best suit you and your current behavioral outcomes. For individuals living with autism, we use two different behavior assessments to help determine the most appropriate skills to teach: the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS) and the Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS). The ABLLS is a curriculum-based guide, which tracks an individual’s language and/or learning delays. This assessment helps us identify potential skills and deficits to create an individualized program for your child. The AFLS is a guide that emerges out of protocols to assess functional, practical and essential skills for everyday life.  This allows us to identify and target skills that are needed for independent daily living, home and community participation, and to prepare the learner for school or vocational training.

Before a client arrives, the therapist reviews data from past sessions and creates a detailed plan of goals and objectives based on the BCBA’s treatment plan for that current session. Once the client arrives, a session can last anywhere from 1 to 7 hours, depending on the client’s current status of behavior and prescribed behavioral script. The technician will spend time engaging and pairing with the client to establish a friendly and trusting relationship before transitioning into the therapeutic and learning activities. Parents are welcome to join the BCBA in observing the session through our one-way mirror; this is a useful way to gain insight into how and why a technician interacts with your child in the way that they do.

At B.E.T.H., every client works with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). A BCBA possesses a minimum of a Masters level degree, has supervised field work experience, and has passed the National Certification Board Exam issued by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), the ABA certifying body. A BCBA must also maintain their certification by completing bi-annual continuing education requirements. Our clients also work with a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), who is directly supervised by a BCBA. A qualified RBT has 40+ hours of training by a BCBA, has passed the RBT examination, and has undergone a rigorous competency assessment prepared by the supervising BCBA.

This varies on a case by case basis. B.E.T.H. Services stands apart from our competitors in our willingness to be readily available to meet all of our clients’ needs. We take an active role in the supervision and the delivery of all services to our clients. The assessment goals and recommendations determine the amount of time our BCBAs spend with our families, during and outside of session, to ensure our clients see results in a timely manner.

We work with multiple insurance carriers and will do our best to get approval of services.
Insurance carriers that we currently work with include: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Dupage Medical Group.

At this time, we cannot accommodate requests to work with specific technicians.

Every successful treatment plan requires parent commitment and participation. As a parent, you will be expected to attend regularly scheduled parent trainings, and to meet the agreed-upon goals that directly relate to your child’s treatment plan, as authorized by your insurance carrier.


Learn More About ABA

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