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ABA therapy is safe and highly effective. At Bloom Behavioral Health, your child will receive an individualized treatment plan to meet your family and child's unique needs.

What is Autism and why Applied Behavior Analysis?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or autism, is a neurological brain development disorder. The symptoms as outlined in the DSM-5  are characterized as persistent deficits in social interaction, social communication and repetitive behaviors to varying degrees.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the process of applying interventions systematically that are based upon the principles of Behavior Analysis and intended to improve socially significant behaviors. There are various evidence-based tactics and  procedures that focus on a range of different areas to teach positive replacement behaviors.  These procedures can be used in structured teaching situations or in natural "everyday" situations like family mealtime or at the market. Goals are specific to the client and involve one-on-one interaction and teaching between the behavior therapist, caregiver, and the child. The ultimate goal of treatment is for the client to  acquire functional positive behaviors that maintain overtime and generalize across people, places, and situations.

"According to reports by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Research Council, behavior and communication approaches that help children with ASD are those that provide structure, direction, and organization for the child in addition to family participation."

Who funds ABA therapy?

In July 2012, Senate Bill 946 passed, requiring insurance health plans to cover behavior health treatment for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. More recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance in July 2014 requiring all states to cover behavioral health treatment for Medicaid members up to age 21 with an autism diagnosis. In September 2014, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) required all Medi-cal health plans in California to begin covering behavioral health treatment for individuals with an autism diagnosis up to age 21.

How many hours of therapy will my child receive?

An initial assessment will be conducted by a Behavior Analyst. The Behavior Analyst will take into consideration the following:

  • Parent priorities and concerns
  • Severity, frequency, and history of problem behaviors
  • Safety to the client and other family members
  • Conduct standardized assessment and obtain standardized scores
  • Review other professional's evaluation and collaborate with speech, OT, PT, psychologist, neurologist, psychiatrist
  • Functional Behavior Analysis
  • Parent Report
  • Medication information
  • Possible observation of client at school, community, and/or other therapies

Based on the assessment,  the Behavior Analyst will establish an individualized treatment plan consisting of child and parent goals. A typical ABA program based on the assessment will consist of 10 up to 40 hours per week of intensive one-on-one teaching. The program duration will be based on the family and child needs and may vary depending on the number of areas and goals that need to be addressed and generalized.

How will I know if ABA therapy is effective and working for my child?

The practice of ABA relies on quantified data that helps drive the decisions of the Behavior Analyst to analyze if the client is making progress for each program. Our behavior therapist are trained to collect precise data during therapy sessions on your child's responses to treatment. The behavior therapist at the end of the session has been trained to graph the data for each program and analyze the data. If the program is working and the child is making progress, the behavior therapist will continue to implement the prescribed treatment plan. If the program is not working as determined by the data, the behavior therapists are instructed to notify the Behavior Analyst. The Behavior Analyst will intervene and assess why the child is not making progress and determine the  most appropriate adjustment to the program.

How do I get started with ABA services?

First step is to contact us (714) 203-6595. We will email or fax the insurance intake packet to get started and set up a free in-home consultation to further understand your needs.
You will need the following documents in order to proceed:

  • Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation (CDE) from a neurologist, licensed psychologist, or developmental pediatrician who diagnosed and prescribed ABA services.
  • Medical ID number - you can find this on your medical card.
  • Supplemental documents such as Individualized Education Plan (IEP), speech/OT/PT evaluation, regional center documents, and a list of medications are recommended.