Frequently Asked Questions
What is ASD?
ASD is Autism Spectrum Disorder, also known as autism. This is a group of developmental disabilities characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, restricted, and repetitive patterns of behavior.
What is ABA?
ABA is Applied Behavior Analysis. It is a scientific method of changing or shaping behavior. Problem behaviors are identified and analyzed, and then more appropriate replacement behaviors are taught.
Do you use Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?
Yes. This is the main guiding approach that is used in all of our treatment plans.
What is the difference between Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Discrete Trial Training (DTT)?
Discrete Trial Training (DTT) incorporates the major principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to teach specific behaviors to individuals with Autism or other developmental disabilities.
Do you work with developmental disorders, besides autism?
Yes. BEST works with children that are diagnosed with Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Cri-du-chat syndrome, Prader-Willi Syndrome and other diagnoses including ADHD.
Can you assist in obtaining services through the Health Insurance?
Yes. Our Health Insurance Department will assist you in the process of obtaining authorized and covered behavioral treatment.
What does a typical session look like?
A typical session incorporates play and work routines that are geared towards increasing language and social skills in children. The delivery of treatment is mostly in the child’s natural environment – home. Training in the community may also take place to promote skill generalization.
For example, a child may learn to request with and respond to WH questions( e.g., what, where, who) in the home. But it is during a community outing that he can practice these skills as well.
How will I be involved in my child's program?
Parents are expected to create a learning environment with the help of the treatment staff. Such environment includes a place for direct instruction (i.e., DTT) and also opportunities for learning that matches the child’s interests.
Furthermore, parents are regularly trained in how to prompt and reinforce their child’s verbal behaviors, following one or more modes of communication. (e.g., words, signs, picture exchange)
How much training do the behavior therapists receive?
50 hours of training that includes intensive clinical ABA training, and hands-on training with corrective feedback.
How many therapists will be working with my child?
This depends on the treatment dosage = weekly hours of ABA therapy and on family availability. Typical range is anywhere from 2 to 4 therapists.