Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is the most effective, early-intervention treatment for children with Autism. ABA therapy sessions can take place via center-based, home-based, or a combination of the two. At Behavioral Innovations, we have chosen to focus on the center-based model.
No two children are exactly the same, and center-based services supply variables that may increase opportunities to facilitate new skills and interactions. Many of these variable, are afforded by having your loved one in a shared space with other individuals
That isn’t just our opinion! According to a recent study published by the National Institute of Health (NIH), children with Autism learn and master skills more quickly when participating in center-based model than they do in home-based model:
Center-based services are those that are provided on-site at one of Behavioral Innovation’s Treatment Centers, rather than in the home, school, or community. We have chosen, as an organization, to employ a center-based model in light of its many advantages.
Behavioral Innovation’s center-based model is designed to promote growth in your child’s skills across many facets of development including social interaction, skill acquisition, play skills, communication, and adaptive skills. Our state-of-the-art facilities offer a fun, welcoming environment where learning and social interaction occur more naturally.
The vast majority of families participating in early intervention want their children to eventually transition to a mainstream environment; particularly a school. A therapy schedule that’s primarily home-based doesn’t achieve that goal as quickly. Here is why center-based therapy offers a higher quality of therapy:
The NIH report noted that center-based model also helps children acclimate more easily to new people and new situations.
Center-based model offers your child a more consistent therapy experience. For children with autism, routine and consistent expectations/environment are crucial to their success. Although some families strongly prefer home-based therapy, the NIH study found that it may not be the best option for children or their families:
Once argument for favoring home-based sessions over center-based sessions is the idea that parents or caregivers are more likely to participate in treatment sessions if the sessions are located in their home. However, the idea that simple proximity to treatment will improve parent participation is similar to the failed strategy that Stokes and Baer (1977) noted as “train and hope”. In contrast, center-based sessions may provide more structure and a more intentional environment for parents and caregivers to be trained within. Center-based services may allow for more control over the environment and therefore result in a decrease in potential distractors, which may facilitate increased rates of learning.
A combination of center-based therapy, parent training, and homework encourages your child to generalize the skills he or she learns with the therapist. A skill isn’t really a skill if the child can only perform it inside a therapy session.
No parent’s goal is to keep their child inside the family home forever. When it’s time to transition to a school or even work environment, children need to know what to expect and what others expect from them as part of their behavior and social interactions.
If you’d like to learn more about center-based ABA therapy, you can take a tour of one of our facilities. We have ABA centers across Texas and Oklahoma.