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In-home ABA consultation and instruction services

Our consultants, Board Certified Behavior Analysts, will come to your home to help your family with the issues that are most important to you; whether it is decreasing your child’s challenging behaviors, building your child’s language skills, or helping your child become more independent with a morning routine.

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In-Home Behavioral Services (IHBS) through CBHI

In-Home Behavioral Services is a Mass Health service provided through the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI). In-Home Behavioral Services are provided in the home or in the child’s community. The focus is on training the family/parents to decrease challenging behaviors by teaching appropriate replacement behaviors.

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Parent Training

We are happy to offer several different types of trainings for families related to Applied Behavior Analysis. Parents are the best teachers since they know their children better than anyone and are with their children day in and day out! We can help parents augment their teaching by incorporating the principles of ABA.

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In-home ABA consultation and instruction services

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Our consultants, Board Certified Behavior Analysts, will come to your home to help your family with the issues that are most important to you; whether it is decreasing your child’s challenging behaviors, building your child’s language skills, or helping your child become more independent with a morning routine.

Initial Assessment: A senior consultant reviews your child’s reports and evaluations, interviews you and other team members, observes your child in his/her natural environment, and may implement various assessment tools. Based on the assessment, the consultant writes specific objectives for your child to work on and writes individualized teaching programs to help your child make progress on these objectives.

Service delivery: We tailor our services so they fit each particular family’s needs.  While we know challenging and interfering behaviors can seem overwhelming at times, a trained ABA instructor can assist you by implementing training programs, modeling the skills you will need to work with your child, and providing feedback.  Although the ABA instructor may be the one implementing the teaching programs, closely supervised by the consultant, parents are still kept in the loop and are encouraged to watch sessions.  Because the ultimate goal of services is to leave the parent in charge of programming, we encourage parents to be closely involved in teaching their child. The consultant can train the parents how to run the teaching programs and consultants can serve as a resource to fine-tune the teaching programs and troubleshoot.  A combination of consultation to parents and to an instructor is also possible. For example, if the child requires more instruction time than is feasible for only the parent to provide, both the parents and an ABA instructor could implement teaching programs.

Data are continuously taken (writing down exactly what the client does as the client does it) and these data are then graphed in order to track progress objectively.  Teaching is individualized and dynamic; if the child is not learning, the consultant will adjust the teaching procedures.  There is more than one right way of doing things!  At Advances Learning Center, the child’s learning determines how we teach.

For in-home ABA consultant and instruction services, we accept private insurance and private pay.

In-Home Behavioral Services (IHBS) through CBHI

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In-Home Behavioral Services is a Mass Health service provided through the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI). In-Home Behavioral Services are provided in the home or in the child’s community. The focus is on training the family/parents to decrease challenging behaviors by teaching appropriate replacement behaviors. Parents and families are an active part of every session! Our therapists are Board Certified Behavior Analysts and will come out to your home to help you and your child manage his/her challenging behaviors.

Initial Assessment: First, the therapist completes an initial assessment, which includes a functional behavior assessment (FBA). The purpose of the FBA is to understand the “what’s” and “why’s” of the challenging behavior. The FBA includes reviewing your child’s reports/evaluations, interviewing parents and other team members, observing the child in his/her natural environment (home, community, etc.), and direct testing, if appropriate.

Service delivery: Next, the therapist writes individualized goals and individualized teaching programs for your child. These teaching programs are systematic, meaning that, in order to be successful, they must be carried out consistently. If appropriate, a second staff member, called a monitor, will begin modeling the teaching programs while the parent/family observes. The purpose of this stage of service delivery is for the parents/family to begin to learn how to carry out the programs. The monitor and/or therapist take data (writing down exactly what the client does as the client does it) so that progress can be measured.

The teaching programs are then gradually handed over to the parent for implementation. The ultimate goal of services is for the parent/family to carry out programs so that the child is successful in their natural environment.

This service differs from in-home ABA consultation and instruction services in the following ways:

  • The service is available only to children who are covered by MassHealth.
  • The service must be found to be medically necessary. This means the child is engaging in challenging behaviors to the extent that the safety of the child and/or others is at risk or the child’s health is at risk.
  • The goal of services is to decrease challenging behaviors. While we acknowledge that skill building is important, insurance regulations mandate that we can only address objectives designed to reduce challenging behavior. This will include increasing appropriate replacement behaviors related to the challenging behaviors.
  • Parent training is a crucial component of the service. Parents must be present at every session and make progress towards running programs.
  • Once the objective(s) related to the challenging behavior are met, the family/parent is able to independently manage the behavior, or the service is no longer medically necessary, In Home Behavioral Services are systematically faded.
  • This service is available for clients through age 21.

For In-Home Behavioral Services, we accept Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP).

Parent Training

womenWe are happy to offer several different types of trainings for families related to Applied Behavior Analysis. Parents are the best teachers since they know their children better than anyone and are with their children day in and day out! We can help parents augment their teaching by incorporating the principles of ABA. We can also give parents ideas of skills to teach and different ways to teach them in order to help their child progress.

ABA Basics – This training, which includes guided notes, writing activities, and demonstrations, is designed to help parents understand the basic principles of ABA and how the principles can be used to teach new skills. The training is designed for parents who are already working with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). The goal of the training is to help parents understand the teaching programs the BCBA is using with their child on a more fundamental level so that parents can carry over teaching programs into their child’s day-to-day life.

Various ABA-related topics – We can provide trainings for parents related to one of the following specific topics.

  • Assessing Social Skills
  • Dealing with Challenging Behavior
  • Emotional Regulation from an ABA Perspective
  • Executive Functioning from an ABA Perspective
  • Generalization
  • Motivation
  • Perspective-Taking and Inferencing
  • Play Dates!
  • Teaching Social Skills Across the Day
  • Understanding ABA
  • Writing IEP Objectives