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What is a BCBA?
A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) is a professional who has met the educational requirements and experience to pass a board exam in behavior analysis.  A BCBA, at minimum, has a Master’s degree.  A BCBA is capable of conducting behavioral assessments, including functional analyses, and provides behavior analytic interpretations of the results. The BCBA also designs and supervises behavior analytic interventions and is able to effectively develop and implement appropriate assessment and intervention methods for use in unfamiliar situations and for a range of cases.  For additional information, please refer to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board website.

How do I get ABA services from Sage?
Sage Behavior Services contracts with local school districts in Los Angeles and Orange counties and multiple regional centers to provide behavior services to children with disabilities.  If you are seeking ABA services from your school district, please contact a special education supervisor (e.g. program specialist, autism supervisor) from the district.  If you are seeking ABA services from your local regional center, please contact your service coordinator.

Who will supervise my child’s program?
A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) from Sage provides ongoing supervision of each child’s program.  Regular team meetings and trainings with direct service staff, parents, teachers, and/or other professionals will be conducted as part of the behavior program.

Are all ABA programs the same? 
No. As with any other credentialed field, there are differences in each professional’s experience and level of expertise in autism and behavior analysis.  The Autism Special Interest Group Association for Behavior Analysis provides recommendations for consumers seeking ABA services.  In addition, behavioral agencies may have different philosophies in intervention methods and program designs.  It is recommended that you contact each prospective agency to learn more about their philosophy and programs.

What does a typical home session look like?
Home sessions are typically scheduled for 2 or more hours in duration.  A team of 2-4 direct service staff and 1 supervisor will be assigned to your child’s program.  This team approach allows for generalization of the child’s skills across people and minimizes cancellation of sessions due to staff illness or unavailability.  Staff work with the child and family to decrease the child’s maladaptive behaviors and increase appropriate behaviors and functional skills during all activities.  Based on the child’s individualized needs and goals, portions of every session may consist of structured teaching as well as play-based teaching strategies.  Staff also incorporate skill building into naturally occurring activities (e.g. snack, toileting, outside play) within each child’s sessions.  Daily data will be collected during each session to determine the child’s progress in meeting goals and objectives.

What does the research say about the outcomes for a child who receives early intervention ABA services?
Research has shown the effectiveness of early intervention ABA programs in producing large and long-lasting changes in cognitive, language, and adaptive skills in children with autism (Howard et al, 2005; Eikeseth et al, 2002; Lovaas, 1987).

What types of trainings are offered by Sage?
Sage offers trainings to parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, and other members of a child’s educational team.  Training formats include 1:1, small group, and large group sessions.  All trainings are individualized to the needs of the participants.  Prior to conducting training, Sage might ask participants to complete a survey (i.e. needs assessment) in order to better customize their training.  Training topics include but are not limited to: basics of ABA, discrete trial training, managing challenging behaviors, naturalistic teaching strategies, prompting and fading, data collection, toilet training, and social skills training.  Please contact Sage to discuss individual training needs.

How long is the assessment process?
A functional assessment typically takes 2-3 months to complete, depending on the availability of the family and the educational team as well as the complexity of the child’s needs.

Links

California Association for Behavior Analysis  www.calaba.org
Association for Behavior Analysis International  www.abainternational.org
Behavior Analyst Certification Board  www.bacb.com
Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies  www.behavior.org
Center for Disease Control and Prevention  http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/index.html
Disability Rights California  http://www.disabilityrightsca.org/
Association for Science in Autism Treatment  http://www.asatonline.org/

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