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Applied Behaviour Analysis

What is ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis)? Applied Behaviour Analysis, or ABA, is a scientific approach used to understand human behaviour and promote socially significant improvement. ABA involves considering the reasoning behind behaviour challenges and focuses on teaching adaptive replacement skills to meet individual needs and promote inclusion and understanding. It's widely recognised as an effective intervention for children and individuals with various developmental challenges, including autism spectrum disorders. In Simple Terms: [1:39 pm] Lauren Chapman ABA is a way of interpreting behaviour. It supports professionals in understanding why behaviour challenges are occurring and allows individualised support. By taking a caring and compassionate analysis of the reason behind the behaviour supports can be implemented that promote communication, create independence and maximise individual success.

Who can deliver ABA services? ABA services are typically provided by professionals with specialised training and expertise in the field. Qualified professionals may include: - Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) - hold Masters degrees in behavioural intervention and are internationally recognised in their skills and ability deliver ABA services - Certified Behaviour Analysts (CBAs) - hold Masters degrees in the ABA field and are recognised within Australia to deliver quality and effective ABA services - Behavior Therapists - who are currently studying, or have studied and obtained, a paraprofessional qualification as a Registered Behaviour Technician and are able to implement therapy under the direction of a BCBA or CBA. At Step by Step Interventions, we're committed to delivering ABA services with a team of experienced BCBAs, CBAs and Behaviour Therapists. Our experts work collaboratively to tailor interventions to each individual's unique needs, promoting positive outcomes and growth.

How are ABA services delivered? At Step by Step Interventions, we provide ABA services through a personalised and comprehensive approach. Our team of qualified professionals work closely with each individual, their families and support networks. The process begins with a thorough assessment to understand the individual's strengths, needs, and goals. Based on this assessment, our team design tailored intervention plans that utilise evidence-based ABA techniques. These plans are regularly reviewed and adjusted to ensure ongoing progress. ABA services can be delivered in various settings, including our clinic, home, school, and community. Our team collaborates with families and caregivers to provide training and support, enabling them to reinforce positive behaviours and implement strategies in everyday situations. Through consistent communication, data tracking, and continuous evaluation, we ensure that our ABA services remain effective and responsive to each individual's evolving needs. Our goal is to empower individuals to reach their full potential and lead fulfilling lives.

I haven't heard great things about ABA - are these true? We're aware there's quite a bit of discussion about ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) and its long-term impact on families and individuals. This has understandably led to some confusion and concern about choosing the right evidence-based interventions for children. It's important to acknowledge that much of the debate around ABA comes from older practices that were more rigid and less sensitive to individual needs. Today's ABA is focused on collaboration, customisation, and ensuring comfort and consent. Our approach to ABA therapy is built on respect and value for each person's choices and opinions. We collaborate closely to develop a therapy plan that aligns with the individual's and their family's preferences and comfort levels. At the heart of our ABA practice at Step by Step Interventions is the belief that therapy isn't about changing who a person is. Instead, it's about equipping individuals with the skills they need to engage more fully with the world around them. Our goal is to provide skills and strategies that enable individuals to express their needs, preferences, and personalities more effectively, enhancing their ability to participate in daily activities and relationships. We're committed to an ABA approach that respects each individual's unique journey, working to ensure that therapy is a positive, enriching experience. We prioritise open communication with our clients and their families, ensuring that everyone is an active participant in the therapy process. If you have any concerns or questions about ABA therapy and its impact on your child, our team is here to provide support, information, and reassurance. We believe in a partnership approach, ensuring transparency and collaboration to achieve the best outcomes for your child's development and wellbeing.

Recommended hours for ABA services The recommended number of hours for ABA services can vary based on individual needs and goals. Research indicates that early and intensive intervention tends to yield the best results for children and adolescents with developmental challenges. At Step by Step Interventions, we work closely with families to determine the appropriate intensity of intervention. While there isn't a one-size-fits-all answer, a general guideline is often around 10 to 25 hours per week for early learners. However, this can vary based on factors like age, severity of challenges, and goals. In addition, these hours can be supplemented and delivered by parents when trained on intervention programs. It's important to remember that quality of intervention matters just as much as quantity. Our team of skilled professionals design personalised intervention plans that align with the unique needs of each child or adolescent. We focus on delivering meaningful and effective sessions that maximise progress. Regular assessments and ongoing communication with our team ensure that the intervention plan remains flexible and tailored to your child's progress. The goal is to create a balanced approach that provides enough hours to foster growth while also allowing for meaningful family interactions and other activities. Our team is dedicated to guiding you through this journey and finding the right balance of hours for your child's specific situation. Please reach out to us for a comprehensive assessment and to discuss the recommended number of hours based on your child's developmental needs and goals.

Behaviour Therapists/Allied Health Assistants

What is a Behaviour Therapist? A Behaviour Therapist (aka Allied Health Assistant) is a skilled professional who works under the guidance of our Consultants to support the delivery of therapeutic interventions and services. They play a crucial role in helping individuals achieve their developmental goals. Behaviour Therapists are a cost-effective option to obtain a higher number of therapy hours for families seeking quality interventions. They work closely with qualified practitioners, like Behaviour Analysts (BCBAs/CBAs), speech therapists, and occupational therapists, to implement treatment plans and strategies. This collaboration optimises the use of intervention time and ensures that every session is focused and purposeful.

Do we need one? By working under the supervision of qualified practitioners, Behaviour Therapists extend the reach of therapeutic services. They can work with your child on specific tasks, exercises, and activities, freeing up the qualified practitioner to focus on assessments, strategy development, and overall treatment planning. Utilising Behaviour Therapists can be particularly beneficial in group settings. Their support enhances the overall learning experience, ensuring that each participant receives personalised attention and practice during group sessions. At Step by Step Interventions, we value the role of Behaviour Therapists in achieving efficient and effective outcomes for children and adolescents. Through their collaborative approach, families can access quality interventions while optimising their resources.

How does it work? After starting services with your Consultant and completing the assessment, your Consultant may recommend the use of a Behaviour Therapist to supplement services. Your Consultant will then set goals, create session plans, complete initial overlaps with the Behaviour Therapist and client to demonstrate how the program should be actioned and then the Behaviour Therapist will carry out therapy in the desired environment. You’ll have a collaborative relationship with both your Behaviour Therapist and Consultant around the therapy plan, with regular Squad Meetings to check in on how therapy is progressing. After each Squad Meeting, your Consultant will update the therapy program to reflect any goal changes and teaching strategies.

Accessing Services

Do I need a referral? No, you do not need a referral to access services with us.

Does the NDIS cover this service? Yes, the NDIS does cover the cost of interventions with Step by Step Interventions. We are NDIS Registered for both Improved Daily Living and Improved Relationships. This means that we are able to work with self-managed, plan-managed and NDIA-managed participants.

Do you charge a travel fee? Whenever providing services outside of the clinic, a travel fee is charged based on the time taken to get to the therapy location (calculated based on the hourly rate of the clinician), as well as the KMs travelled to get to the location.

How do you accept payments? We offer a variety of methods for payment, depending on what suits your family. After your initial intake appointment, our Customer Service Team will get in contact to go over who to send the invoice to, the preferred access method (e.g., invoice sent via text or email), and payment method (e.g., credit card, bank transfer). Payment is required within 7 days of the service being delivered.

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