Early intervention in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is key to helping improve challenging behaviors. Our team of professionals use ABA as an early intervention for children as young as 18 months old to teach developmentally-and age-appropriate language and learning skills. In using ABA principles to guide our methods, we focus on verbal communication, natural environment teaching, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), errorless teaching, discrete trial training, building fluency, and positive behavior support, as well as ongoing program evaluation.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for school-aged children focuses on reducing disruptive or maladaptive behaviors by teaching replacement behaviors (example: screaming is replaced with requesting help), improving skill acquisition, language and communication, emotional regulation, sharing and social play skills, attending, and self-care. We teach new skills by breaking one skill down into multiple steps. Focus is placed on teaching one step of the skill at a time for the child (handwashing, toileting, tying shoes, toothbrushing, etc.). Visual schedules are often utilized for transitions in therapy to prepare the child for the next activity.
Social Skills Training focuses on teaching children how to interact with their peers. We look at big problems versus little problems and matching the reaction we give, expected behaviors versus unexpected behaviors, how to understand facial expressions and respond accordingly. There are prerequisites skills necessary for children to attend these sessions (can tolerate being in a room with peers).
Parent Training is an important and necessary component of early intervention ABA, as well as ABA therapy for school-aged children. A Behavior Analyst meets with the parent or caregiver at least once each month to discuss their child's progress, interventions being used in therapy, and any new behaviors developing. Behavioral Skills Training is used to teach parents how to respond to behaviors in the home setting. We want generalization to occur. This happens when the child demonstrates skills and behaviors in other settings, not only in clinic but at home and school.
We are currently in-network with the following insurance companies:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Medicaid of Mississippi
- United Healthcare
- Magnolia of Mississippi
- Molina of Mississippi
If you have an insurance provider not listed, please reach out and we will discuss options to add them to the list.
We also offer a self-pay option. Please email or call to discuss the rates for this option.