Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a discipline concerned with the application of behavioral science in real-world settings such as clinics, schools, and industry with the aim of improving socially important issues such as behavior problems and learning (Baer, Wolf, & Risley, 1968).
The Assessment Process
Following T.R.A.C. receiving the referral for service, team members will reach out to the family to schedule the assessment. On average, the initial assessments range from 2 1/2-3 1/2 hours. T.R.A.C. asks that time too is spent with the family to assist them with understanding their goals and their values. The client will go through activities and questions with frequent breaks. The activities and questions are systematically and scientifically designed to help the clinician determine the starting point for therapy.
Recommendation of Hours at T.R.A.C.
When the assessment is being written, the Clinical Director will reach out to the family to discuss the recommendation of hours. T.R.A.C. assures that the number of programs with which the client has allocated to them during their session meets or exceed the hours allocated for service. Also, T.R.A.C. assures all that the recommendation of hours are based on the approximate number of hours per week that would be clinically appropriate in order for the client to reach their goals.
Family Training and Collaboration
Weekly, the family and Clinical Director meet to discuss, define and prioritize behaviors. This constant monitoring and communication help to focus and adjust treatment based on relevant and immediate needs of the client and family.
A minimum of 15 minutes per week is required with family members during a time that works well for their schedule.