applied behavior analysis

What is ABA?
First, Our Mission

What We Stand For

We are committed to preserving individual integrity while delivering the highest quality Applied Behavior Analysis therapy. 

and our methods

What we do?

We provide an environment for our families to grow & excel.

Behavior analysis is a scientifically validated approach to understanding behavior and how it is affected by the environment. In this context, “behavior” refers to actions and skills. “Environment” includes any influence – physical or social – that might change or be changed by one’s behavior.


Teaching the basics

ABA Techniques and Philosophy

* The instructor uses a variety of behavior analytic procedures, some of which are directed by the instructor and others initiated by the learner.
* Parents and/or other family members and caregivers receive training so they can support learning and skill practice throughout the day.
* The learner’s day is structured to provide many opportunities – both planned and naturally occurring – to acquire and practice skills in both structured and unstructured situations.
* The learner receives an abundance of positive reinforcement for demonstrating useful skills and socially appropriate behaviors. The emphasis is on positive social interactions and enjoyable learning.
* The learner receives no reinforcement for behaviors that pose harm or prevent learning.

on a practical level

Our Principles

The principles and methods of behavior analysis have helped many different kinds of learners acquire many different skills – from healthier lifestyles to the mastery of a new language. Since the 1960s, therapists have been applying behavior analysis to help children with autism and related developmental disorders.

Behavior analysis focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. Positive reinforcement is one such principle. When a behavior is followed by some sort of reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. Through decades of research, the field of behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing those that may cause harm or interfere with learning.

In a nutshell

What about results

What Kind of Progress Can Be Expected with ABA?

Competently delivered ABA intervention can help learners with autism make meaningful changes in many areas. However, changes do not typically occur quickly. Rather, most learners require intensive and ongoing instruction that builds on their step-by-step progress. Moreover, the rate of progress – like the goals of intervention – varies considerably from person to person depending on age, level of functioning, family goals and other factors.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process?

First we schedule a get-to-know-you meeting where information is exchanged, a tour of the facility is conducted, and we determine if services are appropriate.  Then we determine eligibility thru insurance and discuss scheduling.  When all parties are ready, an assessment is conducted to determine medical necessity.  Staffing timetables are discussed, authorizations are obtained, and start date is set! 

How is ABA therapy funded?

ABA is primarily funded through private insurance or Medicaid.  There are also other State and private programs that offer assistance with deductibles and co-pays.  Engaging Minds is in network with most private insurers and most types of Medicaid.

Is there a waiting list?

Yes.  The waiting list can vary widely depending upon many factors.  We are continually in communication with families in order to keep them updated as to availability.

What documents do I need to get started?

The information required varies depending on the type of insurance.  The most commonly needed documents in order to authorize services include: a diagnostic assessment (ex: ADOS) that results in an autism diagnosis, insurance information (ex: subscriber, member or group ID numbers), and IEP if available, and an assessment of medical necessity as completed by one of our behavior analysts. 

What does a typical ABA program look like?

Every program is individualized based on the needs of the child, but there are some limitations based on the type of insurance and based on medical necessity.  A minimum of 15 hours per week has been proven clinically effective, with a maximum of 40 hours per week for younger learners.