STATE OF THE ART APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS (ABA) SERVICES
AccessAbilities, Inc. offers state of the art Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Services in Northwest Indiana, in both our Merrillville and Valparaiso locations. We offer a variety of services for a variety of age groups and developmental disabilities. All services are developed and directed by a Board Certified Analyst and overseen by a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.
Applied Behavior Analysis
- Applied Behavior Analysis applies the principles of Behavior Analysis to teach communications skills, social skills, independent living skills, and reduction of maladaptive behaviors.
- An ABA program focuses on developing comprehension of concepts, not just remotely memorized facts. The student learns to apply and generalize the skill.
- ABA is most appropriate for preschool and elementary school aged learners. However, in some cases it is appropriate for older learners, up to 18 years of age.
On-Site & In-Home ABA Services
- Merrillville's services include center-based, full-time services, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. Schedule adjustments can be made. It is designed in place of traditional school.
- Valparaiso's services include center, home and community based options on a full-time and part-time basis. The BCBA will conduct an assessment and interview caregivers to make a recommendation based on individual need. Valparaiso runs Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. Part-time services are available days, evenings and limited weekend hours.
- Studies show 30 to 40 hours per week of ABA is most effective initially, with services gradually being reduced as the learner progresses and gains independence. However, part-time programs can be effective with consistent follow through and are offered for those that cannot commit to, or do not qualify for, full-time programming.
- For those that prefer home-based Applied Behavior Analysis services, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst is available to consult with your home on an as-needed basis to develop and drive your program.
Social Skills Groups
- Social Skills Groups are used to teach appropriate ways to interact with others.
- Social Skills groups typically involve small groups of 4-8 individuals with disabilities and are facilitated by a Master’s Level Behavior Clinician overseen by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
- Social Skills Groups include general instruction, role-play, live practice, and feedback through the use of games, activities and discussions.
Additional Services Include:
- BCBAs are available to provide consultation and training to parents and caregivers to support parents in consistent implementation of interventions and skill development strategies to assist their child in reaching their fullest potential.
Sibling Support Groups
- Being the sibling of a child with a developmental disability is a blessing, but is not always easy. Sibling Support Groups are designed to teach siblings how to cope with stressors and connect with peers that understand their unique family situation through the use of games, activities, and discussions.