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  • Does Blue Cross Blue Shield Cover ABA Therapy? [Guide]

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    In short, yes. Many Blue Cross Blue Shield policies cover Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, as mandated by laws in many states in the United States, but coverage specifics vary by policy. This article will outline the general prerequisites for applied behavior analysis insurance coverage and offer guidance on determining if your policy includes such…

  • 10 Achievable IEP Goals for Autism With Action Steps

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    An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is an educational plan written to support students with learning disabilities. These documents include goals for the student to work towards during the academic year, as well as what supports are needed to meet these goals. For an IEP to be effective and meaningful, a team of professionals works with…

  • Autism vs ASD: What’s The Difference? Does It Matter?

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    Stumbling across this article could mean a few different things. More than likely, it means that you or someone close to you has been recently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It could mean that someone close to you is currently being assessed, and you’re curious about what a diagnosis may mean. Or, you could…

  • How Much Does an Autism Evaluation Cost? See 3 Examples

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    If you’re considering an autism evaluation for your child, this in-depth guide breaks down the types of assessment you might consider and their approximate relative costs. We’ve even included case studies from three parents across America and how much they paid for a recent evaluation. What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? It is estimated that approximately…

  • What Makes Autism Worse? 9 Key Factors to Manage

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    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that is characterized by challenges with speech, non-verbal communication, and social interaction, as well as repetitive behavior and obsessive interests. ASD impacts every aspect of a person’s life, and people on the spectrum will require some level of ongoing support throughout their lifetime. Autism covers a wide…

  • Yes, ABA Therapy is Covered by Insurance in Arizona, But…

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    Arizona hosts approximately 1,000 Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), a number that has doubled since 2021. This number only continues to grow as more children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. According to the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Surveillance Program (ADDSP), it is estimated that about 1 in 36 children (around 2.7%) have autism. With a…

  • Do Babies With Autism Smile? Yes, But Differently

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    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that is characterized by challenges with speech, non-verbal communication, and social interaction, as well as repetitive behavior and obsessive interests. With newer and more sensitive screening methods, autism is being diagnosed earlier, with the CDC stating that autism can be diagnosed at 18 months of age or…

  • Understanding the F84.0 Diagnosis: Your Child’s Future & Health

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    For many families, having a child receive a F84.0 diagnosis code, autism spectrum disorder, can be a defining moment, marking the start of a journey filled with both challenges and opportunities. This diagnostic code serves as a cornerstone in understanding and addressing the unique needs of individuals affected by this condition. Understanding the diagnosis is…

  • Who Can Diagnose Autism? These 6 Types of Professional

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    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that can impact all aspects of life. Receiving a reliable diagnosis of ASD is life-altering, not only for the person receiving the diagnosis but for those who have relationships with that person too. Having a diagnosis can help all parties understand and support each other better as…

  • Understanding the RAADS-R Test: A Guide for Parents

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    Autism spectrum disorder is a condition that affects the way a person communicates and interacts with others. While the symptoms may differ from person to person, some common symptoms affect the majority of autistic individuals. Many individuals with autism have difficulty with social interactions, impairments in communication, intense interests in specific topics, or engage in…

  • ABA Therapy Coverage by Insurance in Texas (In Plain Language)

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    According to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board website, there are nearly 4000 BCBAs that are certified in the state of Texas as of May 2024. This number has continued to rise as the need for applied behavior analysis (ABA) services has continued to grow. Texas has one of the largest populations of autistic adults in…

  • Parents Guide to ABA Therapy Coverage by Insurance in Indiana [2024]

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    For families with children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the most common form of treatment. ABA therapy uses a variety of different interventions rooted in behaviorism that are empirically proven to increase the life quality of those with ASD and other intellectual disabilities. Thankfully, behavior analysis…

  • How to Potty Train an Autistic Child: Therapist’s Top Tips

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    While working as a behavior technician in an autism clinic, I mastered the art of the diaper. I could put a diaper on a running child with one hand tied behind my back. During the kids’ time with us doing ABA therapy, we would also potty train them before they entered kindergarten. I’ve cleaned up…

  • Can Autism Go Away? The Science in Clear Terms

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    Parents all have nearly identical desires for their young ones; they want their children to be happy and healthy. So, receiving an autism diagnosis can understandably bring about feelings of fear and uncertainty. Parents may find themselves struggling with the news and seeking out any information or potential solutions. In doing so, they may come…

  • What is a Behavior Interventionist? A Plain Language Guide

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    Behavior interventionists are an important part of a team that provides behavioral support to families with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. Their role is multifaceted, encompassing both the implementation of evidence-based strategies and developing relationships with key stakeholders. This article aims to provide parents with more information on who a…

  • Individualized Education Programs for ASD: What Parents Need to Know

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    Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are personalized educational plans that are created in a way that meets the specific requirements of students facing disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder. Each IEP is different, and the goals and guidelines within it are unique to the individual for whom it is created. These plans include overall objectives, services, and…

  • M-CHAT Screening: 7 Points Parents Need to Know

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    Pediatric healthcare professionals routinely screen for developmental delays at 9-month, 18-month, and 24-month wellness visits. However, they should also be specifically screening for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at the 18-month and 24-month wellness visits. Several screening tools can be used to determine if children are at risk for developing ASD. One of those tools is…

  • Can I Get Financial Assistance for My Autistic Child?

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    The process of getting an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis can be an already tough road for families. Unfortunately, receiving a diagnosis is often only the first step. Besides the stressors related to school and home routines, the financial aspect is often a big worry. Families can get hit with huge bills for the types…

  • Level 3 Autism: Guide to Treatment, Daily Life & Prospects

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    This article is a guide for parents on this particular level of autism. The goal of this article is to provide education and reassurance to families that have concerns about receiving an autism diagnosis or have just received a diagnosis for their child. What is Level 3 Autism? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a condition…

  • Level 2 Autism Guide: What Parents Need to Know

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    Embarking on the journey of parenting a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be a challenging and enlightening experience. If you find yourself questioning whether your child may have level 2 ASD or have recently received a diagnosis, it is important to understand that there is tailored support and information available to directly address…

  • The Early Start Denver Model: A Guide for Parents

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    The timing of social communication development can make a big difference for children who are at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Many parents expect their one-year-old to be talking or saying a few words. However, language gets delayed because the prerequisite social communication skills are delayed or underdeveloped. This is why early intervention is…

  • Level 1 Autism: Key Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

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    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a disorder that typically involves deficits in social communication and interaction, along with restricted or repetitive patterns. These social deficits can include developing or maintaining relationships, inability to start or carry a conversation, failure to pick up nonverbal communication, or absence or decreased interest in others their age. Repetitive/restricted behaviors…

  • Autism Life Expectancy: What Parents Need to Know [2024]

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    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological and developmental condition that affects social interaction, communication, and behavior. The abilities of people with ASD vary significantly with some individuals needing a high level of support in their daily lives, and others who can live and work independently or with very little help. According to the World…

  • VB-MAPP Assessments: A Plain-Language Guide for Parents

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    The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) is a tool used in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). It provides Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and other educators with an effective way to determine the learning, language, and social skills of children with developmental delays such as Autism. This article will give you a better…

  • 31 Signs of Autism in Babies: What to Look for & When to Ask a Dr.

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    With the increased prevalence of Autism, many parents are keener on monitoring their child’s behavior and developmental milestones from infancy. It can be overwhelming or confusing for parents when their babies miss important milestones, or they begin to notice peculiarities in their behavior. If you type in “signs of Autism” in your search engine, there…

  • 11 Types of Therapy for Autism: Benefits & Costs Compared

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    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is often diagnosed in childhood. It includes challenges that are unique to each individual it affects. Some of these challenges can include difficulties in social interaction, engaging in repetitive behaviors, sensitivity to sensory experiences (like loud noises or bright lights), and difficulty with communication, just to…

  • 14 Signs of Autism in 3-Year-Olds & When to Seek Assessment

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    Despite the different ways that it can look in people, there are some common signs of autism that can be found in many cases. Common signs include challenges in social interactions, communication difficulties, and repetitive behaviors, although the intensity and combination of these traits can vary from one child to another. Recognizing these signs in…

  • Discrete Trial Training: A Complete Guide for Parents

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    The difference between Discrete Trial Training (DTT) and Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) can be confusing, with some interchanging terms. However, DTT and ABA are not synonymous, rather DTT is a teaching technique based on the principles of ABA and is often used during various therapies and in the educational setting. This article will take a…

  • Functional Behavior Assessments for ABA Therapy [2023 Guide]

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    If there is one thing that behavior analysts know, it is that behaviors always happen for a reason. While stopping at a red light or reaching into a cookie jar may be pretty straightforward, the behaviors of children, especially those with autism spectrum disorder, can be more challenging to figure out. When these challenging behaviors…

  • How to Write a Letter of Medical Necessity for ABA Therapy

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    Securing insurance coverage for certain therapies often requires justifying the need for such services. Despite Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy being a well-established evidence-based treatment approach for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disorders, insurance companies still require justification due to its intensity and costs. The justification can be claimed in a…

  • ABA Therapy vs Speech Therapy for ASD: Which is Better for My Child?

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    Young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can benefit from different types of early intervention. Two treatment approaches commonly recommended for ASD are Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Speech Therapy. While ABA primarily focuses on increasing adaptive behaviors and teaching life skills, it can also encompass communication. On the other hand, Speech therapy directly helps…

  • ABA Therapy vs School: Making the Right Choice For Your Child

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    Children can be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as early as 18 months old. For many children, they receive a diagnosis soon before they start preschool or kindergarten. A diagnosis made at any time can be stressful, but it can be especially tough for caregivers when they have to choose between school options and ABA…

  • ABA Therapy Goals: 25 Practical Examples & Timelines

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    When choosing ABA therapy as a treatment for autism spectrum disorder, caregivers must maintain a collaborative relationship with their child’s Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) to achieve the most meaningful outcomes. One big part of this relationship is developing specific treatment goals. As an evidence-based treatment, it is imperative that chosen goals are measurable. In…

  • ABA Therapy for PDA: A “How? When? Why?” Guide for Parents

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    Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is characterized by extreme and persistent resistance to fulfilling typical demands or expectations from authority figures. PDA is largely driven by anxiety, and the resulting behaviors appear to be abnormal and excessive. These behaviors are not a choice, but a pattern of behavior specific to the child’s profile. PDA is closely…

  • ABA Therapy vs CBT for Autism: Which is Better?

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    Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) are both evidence-based best practice treatments for Autism. While there is some overlap in their approaches there are key differences. ABA focuses on analyzing and determining the function of behavior and uses positive strategies to address specific and immediate behavior issues and to teach socially significant…

  • Is ABA Therapy Harmful? A Review of the Evidence

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    Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) stands acknowledged as a scientifically sound and efficient method for imparting skills and addressing behavioral challenges linked to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Nonetheless, within the realm of ABA, an enduring discourse revolves around the ethical considerations of the practice. The history of ABA includes examples of intensive, repetitive intervention, overuse of…

  • Pivoting: Balancing Self-Care While Caring for Your Autistic Child

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    Have you ever been on a plane, watching the flight attendants perform their safety protocol demonstration? They always remind passengers to secure their own oxygen mask first if a cabin depressurizes before assisting others. Easier said than done, right? Before I had a child, self-care was easy for me to accomplish. After having an autistic…

  • ABA Therapy Age Limits & Age Range Based on Evidence

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    Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an effective form of treatment for autism spectrum disorder. While Autism can be detected in children as young as 12 months old, a reliable diagnosis cannot be made until 2 years old. Most children are officially diagnosed by age 3, however, some are not diagnosed until their teen years or…

  • How ABA Therapy for Toddlers Actually Works

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    If you’ve recently received an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis for your toddler, you may feel overwhelmed by the choices for treatment options. While sifting through the seemingly endless amount of information available to you, one treatment that will frequently surface is applied behavior analysis (ABA). You might find yourself grappling with the decision of…

  • What is ABA Therapy for Teens Really Like?

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    It is assumed by many that applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a treatment for younger children, typically around the ages of 2 to 5. While ABA therapy can make considerable improvements as an early intervention for those whose autism was recognized early on in life, the assumption that it is only for children is untrue.…

  • Occupational Therapy vs ABA: 4 Key Differences

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    Specialized therapies are used to minimize the symptoms and maximize the abilities of persons with developmental, emotional, and cognitive issues. Occupational Therapy (OT) and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) are commonly used therapies that are specifically designed to not only reduce symptoms of various developmental disorders but also teach new skills that will increase a person’s…

  • 7 Real-World ABA Therapy Examples, Activities & Their Benefits

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    In the realm of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), many evidence-based techniques discreetly come into play to teach individuals with autism spectrum disorder how to navigate the world around them. Some goals of ABA therapy may include increasing desired behaviors, teaching social and behavioral skills, developing socially significant behaviors, and reducing inappropriate behavior. The specific strategies…

  • How is Autism Diagnosed? Navigating the Autism Diagnosis Process

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    I didn’t always know my son was autistic.  Reflecting, I’m surprised I didn’t pick up on symptoms with my background in pediatric nursing. But I was also a new mom and in the thick of dealing with a premature infant who spent nine weeks in the NICU. I was just trying to survive and consumed…

  • How ABA Therapy Helps With Social Skills

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    For children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental challenges, mastering social interaction skills can be particularly complex and lead to difficulties in many areas of their lives. Applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy is one way these children can build lifelong social skills in areas such as social communication, emotional understanding, and creating connections…

  • Benefits of ABA Therapy

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    Applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy is a widely used therapeutic approach for children with autism and other neurodevelopmental differences. ABA therapy uses the science of learning and behavior to improve socially significant behaviors. When children are diagnosed with autism, parents and caregivers are faced with many decisions regarding their child’s care plan. While ABA is…

  • What is an RBT? The Role of the Registered Behavior Technician in Autism Treatment

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    One of the essential roles within ABA therapy is that of the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). Working under the supervision of a BCBA, an RBT provides direct care for children with autism and other neurodevelopmental differences. The following information will guide you in understanding what an RBT is and the way they make a difference…

  • What is a BCBA? The Role of the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst

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    As a parent of a child with autism, navigating the world of therapy can be overwhelming. Among the various therapeutic approaches, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has emerged as a widely recognized and evidence-based method, particularly for children with autism spectrum disorder. In this guide, I aim to introduce you to a key player in ABA…

  • 24 Key Autism Statistics for Raising Awareness & Understanding

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    As a spectrum disorder, autism affects everyone differently. With increasing awareness and improved diagnostic criteria, it’s crucial to explore the various facets of autism, including its prevalence, impact on individuals, co-occurring conditions, and available care options. In this article, we will delve into the statistics, challenges, and support mechanisms surrounding autism, and uncover valuable insights…

  • Understanding Stimming, Hand Flapping, and Other Repetitive Behaviors

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    Stimming is the common term used for self-stimulating behaviors. Stimming encompasses a number of repetitive actions and sounds such as hand flapping, spinning, and echolalia (repetition of words). Stimming is generally a harmless way for people to self-regulate. What does it mean when someone is stimming? Everyone stims to some degree. However, It is often…

  • ABA Therapy: Pros and Cons

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    Applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy is a type of therapy that is often used with children with autism. The goal of ABA therapy is to modify behaviors and teach new skills to improve one’s quality of life. It is not, however, without criticism. Let’s review a few advantages and disadvantages of ABA therapy to help…

  • 10 Common ABA Therapy Techniques

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    ABA therapists seek to teach new skills and modify behaviors that are interfering with learning or quality of life. There are many therapeutic techniques used in ABA. We’ll review some of the most common therapy techniques that you may encounter, to give you some familiarity with the term and how you may observe it applied…

  • How Positive Reinforcement is Used in ABA Therapy

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    One of the most important aspects of applied behavior analysis (ABA) is positive reinforcement. Positive reinforcement is a vital component of effective behavior change and skill development. The correct use of positive reinforcement can result in your child learning new skills and increasing adaptive behaviors. Let’s discuss what exactly positive reinforcement is and how it’s…

  • ABA Therapy that Accepts Medicaid Near Me

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    Parents are frequently asking: how do I find ABA therapy that accepts Medicaid near me? At Blue ABA, we have you covered: What is Medicaid? Medicaid is a healthcare program funded jointly by the federal and state governments. It provides healthcare coverage to millions of people across the United States. Medicaid is available for low-income…

  • 13 Fun Activities for Kids With Autism

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    Autism is a developmental disorder, characterized by deficits in communication, social, and restrictive and repetitive behaviors. It is a spectrum disorder and therefore each individual’s range of symptoms will vary. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to play activities, consider the following fun activities for kids with autism to encourage sensory exploration and the development…

  • Your Guide to In-Home ABA Therapy

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    ABA therapy is widely considered the most effective treatment for children with autism. It is evidence-based, highly individualized, and uses each child’s unique strengths and interests as motivation to continue learning and growing. The acronym ABA stands for applied behavior analysis. When ABA is conducted in-home, it offers a particular level of individualization to ensure…

  • How to Choose the Best ABA Therapy Provider for Your Child

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    When considering ABA providers for your child, you may be feeling overwhelmed with the amount of available information. You want the best for your child and therefore you want to be sure that the provider you choose can provide quality care. You ask yourself (and Google): what is the best ABA therapy near me? This…

  • What is ABA Therapy? An In-depth look

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    Applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy is a type of therapy available to children with autism and other developmental needs. ABA is based on decades of research on the science of behavior and learning and is often considered the gold standard of care. Through ABA therapy, children develop communication skills, learn self-advocacy, social skills, and more.…