Services

ABA for Change will tailor a program that is individualised for your child’s needs and your family circumstances.

 

We provide services to clients in Adelaide, using a mobile service model that works with the client in home, in school/preschool, or in the community. ABA for Change provides services to children between the ages of 18 months and 10 years who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other developmental delay. Each program is overseen by a Program Supervisor and is implemented by private in-home therapists and/or by the client’s caregivers. 

Applied Behaviour Analysis

ABA for Change utilises evidence-based procedures and treatments based on principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA is a scientific, problem-solving approach to behaviour change that relies on strategies and interventions demonstrated to effectively reduce challenging or inappropriate behaviours and teach new skills. ABA breaks down complex skills into functional parts and teaches each component systematically.

Over the past 75 years, extensive literature has shown the successful use of ABA-based procedures to reduce problem behaviours and increase appropriate skills for individuals of all ages with intellectual disabilities, autism and related developmental disorders.

 

Service Models

Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention  (EIBI)

Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) is the most effective treatment for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder addressing goals across all necessary developmental domains. We offer EBIB programs to children up to 6 years of age.

An EIBI program consists of private in-home therapists coming to your house for 2-3 hours at a time for at least 20 hours per week, implementing the program designed by your overseeing Program Supervisor. We recommend that a caregiver is at home during therapy sessions. We review your child’s EIBI progress with formal assessments every 6 months.

Initial Start Up Phase
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Initial Start Up Phase

Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention begins with an initial start-up phase of approximately 18 hours depending on individual needs. The initial start-up phase stretches across 4-6 weeks with a focus on:
• Completion of a comprehensive assessment of your child’s skills and behaviour: 2 x 2-3-hour session 
• Compiling assessment results and determining short-term and long-term goals based on the results of the assessment and the priorities identified by you and your child: 2-3 hours
• Developing a comprehensive program to address the goals identified: 2 hours
• Commencing both parent and/or therapist training – number of hours depend on number of therapists in training.

Ongoing Program

After completion of the start-up phase, the ongoing program is commenced. The ongoing program includes a total of 8 hours of program supervision per 4 weeks. Each 4-week cycle consists of the following:

• Ongoing therapist and parent training: 2 x 2-hour session
• Team meeting including caregivers, your program supervisor, and in-home therapists: 2 hours
• Flexible Hours: 2 hours dedicated to an area which is identified as a priority (e.g. updating the therapy program, additional team training or parent training, collaborating with other professionals, community visits).

Ongoing Program

Comprehensive Program

A comprehensive program provides the client with a program that targets goals across a range of developmental domains. The number of goals targeted will be directed by the number of therapy hours delivered per week. Sessions consist of a private in-home therapist coming to your house for 2-3 hours at a time, implementing the program designed by your overseeing Program Supervisor. We recommend that a caregiver is at home during therapy sessions. Your child’s progress will be assessed every 6-12 months.

Initial Start Up Phase
A comprehensive ABA program begins with an initial start-up phase of approximately 18 hours depending on individual needs. The initial start-up phase stretches across 4-6-weeks with a focus on:

  • Completion of a comprehensive assessment of your child’s skills and behaviour: 2x 2-3-hour session
  • Compiling assessment results and determining short-term and long-term goals based on the results of the assessment and the priorities identified by you and your child: 2-3 hours
  • Developing a comprehensive program to address the goals identified: 2 hours
  • Commencing both parent and/or therapist training – number of hours depend on number of therapists in training.

Ongoing Program

After completion of the start-up phase, the ongoing program is commenced. The ongoing program includes a total of 6 or 8 hours of program supervision per 4 weeks depending on the number of hours of 1:1 therapy. Each 4-week cycle consists of the following:

  • Ongoing therapist and parent training: 1 or 2*x 2-hour session
  • Team meeting including caregivers, your program supervisor, and in-home therapists: 2 hours
  • Flexible Hours: 2 hours dedicated to an area which is identified as a priority (e.g. updating the therapy program, additional team training or parent training, collaborating with other professionals, community visits).

*8 hours of program supervision when the child has 10+ hours of 1:1 therapy per week
6 hours of program supervision when the child has 10 hours or less of 1:1 therapy per week

 

Focused Program

In a focused ABA program we will target a specific skill or behaviour of major significance to you and your child. This will commonly be a skill involving self-care and personal independence such as toileting, eating, or sleeping.

A focused program consists of the following components:  

  • Assessment of the skill/behaviour to be targeted
  • Development of a program to address the behaviour
  • Initial parent and/or therapist training on implementation of the program
  • Ongoing parent and/or therapist training on implementation of the program
  • Program revision and modification when necessary
  • The duration of the program will depend on progression with the targeted skill

Behaviour Consulting

This is a service for families who are looking for a behaviour support plan to reduce their child’s challenging behaviour. Challenging behaviours can be putting your child at risk, interfering with learning and cause stress for you as a caregiver. All behaviours serve a function, even problem behaviours, and therefore our Behaviour Support Plans are based on functional behaviour assessments to help us identify the function of the challenging behaviours and events surrounding it. This helps us design interventions that both reduce the current problem behaviour as well as teach an appropriate replacement behaviour.

Behaviour Consulting will consist of the following components:

  • A functional behaviour assessment to identify the function of the behaviour and the environmental variables associated with the behaviour.
  • Development of a behaviour intervention plan to address the specific behaviour and possible replacement behaviours
  • Initial parent and/or therapist training on implementation of the behaviour plan
  • Ongoing parent and/or therapist training on implementation of the behaviour plan
  • Behaviour plan revision and modification when necessary.
  • The duration of the service will depend on severity and number of behaviours addressed

 

Community Talks:

We offer to come and talk about positive behaviour support at parent groups, kindergartens, ELCs, schools, and other community settings. The talk will be a presentation on common reasons for problem behaviours and how we can support children to engage in socially appropriate behaviours instead. There will be time for discussions and general questions around behaviour.