Comprehensive ABA Programs
Comprehensive applied behaviour analysis programs are designed to address a large number of learning domains. These programs generally focus on both skill building and behaviour reduction. Comprehensive ABA programs are optimal for a child with difficulties in a number of learning domains.
This program is designed and supervised by Lindsey Malc, BCBA but it is implemented by your existing ABA team. A comprehensive ABA program is implemented between 20-40 hours/week and is supervised weekly or monthly. Lindsey is an OAP approved Clinical Supervisor and this program meets the Ontario Autism Program eligibility criteria.
Steps in Comprehensive ABA Programs
We begin by reviewing any previous documents related to your child’s treatment. We continue with direct observations and discussions with you and your child’s treatment team to identify skill deficits and behaviours targeted for decrease. A complete curriculum assessment will be completed using either the ABLLS-r or the VB MAPP. This curriculum assessment is used to identify your child’s current skill levels and possible teaching targets.
- Plan Development
Following the assessment we will develop your child’s treatment plan. The number of programs included in your child’s ABA program is based on their number of therapy hours per week. Their current level of functioning is also considered. Each ABA program will have a written teaching protocol, prompting procedures, target list, data sheets, revision criteria and mastery criteria.
- Training and Implementation
We use a Behavioural Skills Training model to teach your team how to implement the ABA program. The four steps to this model are: teach, model, rehearse and give feedback. Your team will have an opportunity to practice each new program before they implement it with your child.
Your team will implement the ABA programs with your child and will collect data.
- Monitoring and Updating
We will closely follow your team’s implementation of the ABA programs. We will review and analyze the data they collect. Working with your team we will troubleshoot any issues that arise during the implementation. Revision and mastery criteria will be outlined within each program so that your team may master or revise targets between supervisions with Lindsey.
We will make changes to the ABA program as necessary. Examples of possible changes are: changes to the schedules of reinforcement, changes to target order or changes to the prompting procedures.
Examples of Areas Targeted in Comprehensive ABA Programs
- Adaptive or self-care skills
- Cognitive functioning
- Emotional regulation
- Tolerance Training
- Language and communication
- Play and leisure skills
- Pre-academics and academics
- Reduction of challenging behaviours
- Safety Skills
The goal of a comprehensive ABA program is to reduce the gap between your child’s current level of functioning and that of a typically developing peer. This is accomplished by addressing many domains of learning at once.