ABA treatments

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for children with Autism

Applied Behavior Analysis Services

Pediatric Minds Developmental Services is a Behavioral Agency (ABA) that provides individualized behavioral therapy services in the home, clinic, and school settings. Our program is supervised by multiple Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and has highly trained behavior therapists who are Registered Behavioral Technicians (RBT).    Our behavior interventionists are trained in evidence-based applied behavior analysis principles through didactics and intensive training and provide behavioral support for children and students that require 1:1 care.  Our ABA program focuses on children ages 18 months to 10 years old (Elementary and Preschool years) and has been in operation in the South Bay area since 2015.

 

Our program is unique in that we have a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Ted Hutman, PhD) who specializes in children with Autism and has had many research publications in the field of Autism, as one of our Consultants.  Our behavior interventionists receive ongoing training, supervision and performance evaluations throughout the treatment period by their BCBA Supervisor, a Master level Supervisor, or by Dr. Hutman.  Dr. Hutman also meets regularly with the Pediatric Minds BCBA Supervisors and staff to provide training and guidance.  We are also unique in that we have a Medical Director, who is a Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is an Associate Clinician at UCLA Medical Center.  Our Medical Director is involved in Autism research and teaches at the UCLA Medical School.  She also organizes and provides monthly didactics to optimize staff training. 

 

To initiate the process of starting ABA services, our Board Certified Behavioral Analysts (BCBAs) or Master/Doctorate level ABA Supervisors will perform a comprehensive evaluation of the child’s behaviors through a functional behavioral assessment (FBA).  The FBA results will then determine which behaviors are problematic and based on those results, we create specific individualized treatment goals for the child.  This is an important part of underlying why certain behaviors are present which leads to improved treatment strategies.  The treatment strategies take into consideration the child’s setting and their developmental stage.  In other words, we consider the ‘whole child’ and do not use a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

 

We also provide support, education and feedback to the families of the children and provide parent-trainings to optimize the child’s progress.  Some examples of targeted goals include improving the child’s aggressive or self-injurious behaviors, focus and attention, safety awareness, eloping, self-regulation skills and self-stimulatory behaviors, social skills & Self-help skills such as toilet training, dressing, feeding, and sleep issues.  Our school based ABA services also focuses on decreasing excessive off-task behaviors such as out of seat or task refusal.

 

PMDS works to provide an appropriate level of support in the home, school or center-based setting, to help your child achieve the best developmental outcomes.  We are eager to work with you and provide treatment to your child.

 

We are contracted with most insurance plans.  Please contact us with inquiries.

Please refer to CDC website about Autism Treatment for more information.

Who Should Provide ABA Intervention?

An ABA program should be designed by and supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with implementation of interventions by Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT). Our staff is supervised by BCBA-D (a Clinical Psychologist that is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst) and our highly trained therapists consist of Registered Behavioral Technicians (RBT) with comprehensive didactic and clinical training.

Our ABA program works with children ages 18 months to 8 years old. Commonly, health insurance should cover this service. ABA services are provided in the home, clinic, and community settings.

Behavior Assessments

Including FBAs (Functional Behavior Analysis)

Behavior Assessments

A Functional Assessment is an evaluation that identifies the function, or reason, why a specific behavior is occurring along with factors that potentially maintain that behavior. Identifying causation of interfering behaviors allows the clinician to administer an appropriate, function-based intervention that is more likely to be effective and efficient in treatment. Functional Assessments allow the supervisor to design behavior interventions that reduce problematic behavior and increase supportive, socially appropriate skills as a replacement. Functional Assessment information can be carried out through indirect and direct measurements.

Behavioral Services/ABA

Comprehensive Developmental and Neuro-psychological Testing, Speech Therapy, Social Cognative Skills, and Individual & Family Psychotherapy

We Provide High-Quality, Evidence-Based, Comprehensive Services for Your Child!

Our services include:

We provide comprehensive services for children with:

Social Skills Groups:

Red Flags: Early Signs Of Autism

If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, we want to help. Call us for more information on diagnostic and intervention services.