Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy for Kids

The Cortica Care Model

At Cortica, within our ABA behavioral therapy programs, we not only apply the most effective techniques from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), but we enhance them by applying key insights from neuroscientific research. This allows us to successfully reshape the neural networks that influence a child's behavior during and after our ABA therapy.

What is ABA Therapy?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)is a scientific discipline concerned with applying techniques based upon the principles of learning to change behavior of social significance. ABA therapy for kids is an important part of therapy for many children with autism or other developmental disorders.  

What is the goal of ABA therapy?

Applied Behavior Analysis therapy aims to increase a child’s skills for independent living while decreasing challenging behaviors. There are several different approaches to behavior therapy that have been developed and studied. The approach to behavior therapy most widely studied is  Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). 

How Does ABA Therapy Work?

Research tells us that improving complex information processing should be the goal of Applied Behavior analysis therapy. Building long-range neural connections supports complex information processing, as well as the integration of sensory, motor, cognitive and social-emotional functions.

To strengthen long-range networks (and to reduce the excess activity in short-range networks), a behavior intervention program must avoid the over-repetition of discrete tasks. Once skills are acquired, they must be immediately expanded and generalized to new contexts.

What is ABA Treatment for Autism at Cortica?

The Cortica Care model is a blended cognitive, behavioral, and relationship-based model that helps your child get the care that fits their needs. We have developed a neurological approach to behavior therapy that draws on the most effective techniques from:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

  • Developmental and relationship-based models of intervention

  • Neuroscientific research

Cortica’s Approach to Applied Behavior Analysis

Cortica’s approach to behavior therapy aims to reshape neural networks to enhance long-range connectivity. Our ABA program provides a comprehensive, integrated clinical program in one central clinic led by our medical team. Through this program, your child will develop positive social and independent living skills while decreasing challenging behaviors.

Some examples of milestones we work to accomplish with ABA therapy include:

  • Reduced aggression 

  • Functional Communication

  • Daily life skills such as brushing teeth

  • Social skills 

  • Play and leisure 

  • Self-care 

  • Safety 

Our skilled ABA clinicians can conduct sessions in your home, in our center, and in the community, when clinically appropriate. Examples of Cortica’s ABA Therapy options include: 

  • In-center or in-home ABA with parent training 

  • Focused 1:1 programs designed to help with specific challenging behaviors 

  • Small group programs for specific social skills, ages 6-18 

  • In-person and telehealth social opportunities 

  • PREP Program: 4 hour daily in-center program for group learning towards pre-kindergarten readiness for children ages 2-6 

Cortica’s ABA therapy program also offers parent training in groups or online to help families support their child’s ongoing development outside of therapyLearn more about Cortica’s support programs and services. 

What is the process for starting ABA at Cortica?

Children enrolled in our program will first receive a comprehensive individualizedABA assessment which will lead to a proposed Therapy plan and specific recommendations for future ABA services. Our ABA assessment will determine if services are best provided in a 1:1 in-home or in-center format, and if group services are clinically appropriate. Each ABA assessment includes a standardized assessment (required for insurance benefits) and direct observation.  

Once the assessment is complete, it is submitted to your private health plan for approval. Upon receiving insurance approval, someone from our team will reach out to set up recurring parent training sessions with one of our ABA Supervisors.  Parent training and family support are required and integral components of our program. Depending on your Cortica center and staffing, your family may start with Parent Training or go straight into direct ABA therapy.  

Our team consists of Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT), Assistant Supervisors, and Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Supervisors. You will be partnered with one of our supervisors who will lead your child’s clinical team, as well as a Behavioral Interventionist (BI) who will deliver therapy directly to your child.  

Is ABA Right For Your Child?

Interested in learning more about Cortica’s approach to behavior therapy programs? Contact our office to speak with a member of our ABA team, or call your local location to be scheduled. You can also watch this video to learn more about getting started with ABA therapy services at Cortica.

If your child is recommended for ABA, you will be added to the waitlist and will be contacted when we are ready to move forward with your ABA assessment. 

Will My Insurance Cover Autism Therapy?

Does your insurance cover the therapy you are looking for? At Cortica, we work with a wide range of health insurance plans. We can provide you with a benefits check and cost estimate before beginning services with Cortica. Please reach out to us for information about your specific insurance coverage.