Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is defined as the science which analyzes how the application of strategies/interventions influences behaviour (Baer, Wolf & Risley, 1968 - NB: there are far more current articles, however, this is considered as the seminal paper in the field). It is important to note that although ABA is often tied to Autism, it is effective in addressing a number of challenges, disorders and needs. For instance, it is effective in treating brain injury, addiction, dementia, skill building among those with various developmental disorders.
Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI): is defined as ABA therapy delivered in a ratio of one-therapist-to-one-client for 20-40 hours per week. For those with a diagnosis of moderate to severe Autism, IBI can be an effective skill building strategy (Perry et. al, 2008). For others, a lower intensity and/or less exclusive learning setting can be effective (Eldevik, Hastings, Jahr & Hughes, 2012).
We will develop, supervise and implement your ABA or IBI programming. Our services include consultation to help you to develop your intervention program and setting, from the outset, to optimize gains. We are familiar with the quality indicators used in Autism, ABA and IBI intervention programming. If you would prefer to hire your own supervision and therapists, we also provide a consultation service to assist you to develop your recruitment process, hiring criteria and training program for those you hire.
What is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)? A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) is someone who has completed post-Masters level training and supervised practice using ABA and has also passed the board exam for registration with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB; for more information go to www.bacb.com). When selecting a behavioural consultant to work for you/your child, you should consider the following:
Education: she should have a masters or doctoral level degree and expertise in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), or a related field (e.g., psychology, special education)
Experience: she is willing to provide you with references supporting their previous work experience working in the field related to your child’s needs, using principles of ABA.
Rapport: you should feel comfortable asking challenging questions and should understand the answer provided. If you feel you can not do so, this person may not be the best match to serve you and your family.
Blue Heron Psychotherapy Services does NOT offer crisis or emergency services. If this is an emergency or crisis, please call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room.