OPAT’s Treatment Plan
OPAT uses applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy as part of their treatment plan. ABA therapy is a scientifically validated practice used to treat individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The focus of ABA therapy is to treat individuals with an individualized treatment plan using behavior analytic principles to decrease maladaptive behaviors and to increase appropriate behaviors. Individuals with ASD are typically behind developmentally, which it is important to start intervention during the early years to maximize their overall potential to bridging the gap on their learning curve. The goal is to get as close as possible to typical development while improving their overall livelihood. Starting ABA therapy early (between the ages of 18 months to 7 years of age) and providing a level of intensity (between 25 to 60 hours per week of ABA therapy), increases the likelihood of favorable outcomes in the future. This is considered early intensive intervention therapy.
Functional Behavior Assessment
An initial functional behavior assessment will be conducted by OPAT’s assessment team. During this phase, OPAT will identify skill strengths and deficits, and behavioral excesses as its first step to developing an individualized program before making a clinical prescription for services.
Early Intensive Intervention
Early intensive intervention techniques are used to deliver a high rate of learning opportunities in order to maximize growth and progress. There are three phases during a patient’s full treatment plan.
Family Training and Consultations
Weekly family training is provided in order to help families better understand their child’s needs, understand specific behavior analytic principles that can be applied to their child, and to help motivate the family to continue to be an active participant within their child’s progress. Sometimes behavior problems occur out in the community that prevent families from spending time outside in the community. OPAT provides family training in all settings that are crucial for your child into becoming a part of the community.
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