Spectrum Behavioral Therapies | ABA Therapy Services | Orange County, CA

ABA Services in Orange County

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(6-18 Years Old)

From Challenges to Triumphs: ABA Therapists Ignite Extraordinary Growth in Children with Autism. Our ABA services in Orange County are not just a resource to address behavioral deficits or challenges. Our comprehensive program highlights your child’s strengths while teaching skills necessary to live independently and participate in society.

Spectrum Behavioral Therapies | ABA Therapy Orange County, CA

Our ABA Therapy Services In Orange County

Our comprehensive program teaches children with autism the foundational skills needed to be successful in all facets of their lives. Our programs address skills in the areas of social interaction, language, play, motor, daily living, cognition, executive functioning, and academics. Learn more about our social skills program.

Comprehensive assessment
At the start of services, a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) will be conducted in which we review your child’s records, interview parent(s)/caregiver(s), observe your child, and conduct formal/informal assessments. We will then create a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) and identify skill acquisition goals to address specific skill deficits. These goals will be taught, monitored, and assessed during your child’s 1:1 therapy.
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1:1 Direct therapy

Depending on the number of therapy hours authorized for your child, you will have a team of 1-4 Behavior Technicians (BTs) trained to teach the skills identified during the assessment process. This 1:1 therapy is provided under the supervision of your Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), who trains the BT to ensure each session maximizes teaching opportunities across both structured and natural formats. Learn more about our early intervention services here.

Supervision
A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) will be assigned to your child’s case. The BCBA is responsible for creating treatment plans and ensuring goals are carried out as intended. Supervisors will also conduct initial and ongoing assessments, analyze data, modify treatment plans as needed, write progress reports, provide ongoing training and support for your Behavior Technicians, and collaborate with other professionals working with your child.
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Monthly Clinic Meetings
A unique and highly effective aspect of Spectrum Behavioral Therapies’ ABA treatment includes monthly clinic meetings. This is an opportunity for the entire clinical team and the family to actively participate in collaborative discussions regarding the child’s current goals, behaviors, and overall progress. During monthly clinic meetings, the BCBA conducts a comprehensive review of all treatment areas and makes efficient changes to the clinical program to drive results. This collaborative approach has been shown to maximize progress and empower families to generalize ABA strategies that support all areas of the child’s day-to-day life.
Parent Training With Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Parent involvement is key to the ABA program’s success, and parents are encouraged to participate actively throughout their child’s treatment. Parent training goals are developed specifically for each family, with the child’s goals and parents’ strengths and challenges in mind. During parent training sessions, parents work 1:1 with their supervisor to learn about the principles of ABA and strategies to maintain consistency in teaching, ensuring a unified approach to the child’s development. Supervisors support families by providing guidance and resources to empower them to understand and use these skills on a daily basis.
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Other Programs We Offer

School Readiness Program
Our school readiness program is designed to equip children with essential skills that prepare them for a seamless transition into the school setting. This is extremely beneficial for children who lack basic school abilities and who may be interested in starting school within the next 1-2 years. Contrary to common belief, instilling these essential skills before a child starts school significantly enhances their academic outcomes. The school environment may lack the dedicated 1:1 time or resources needed to teach these skills once the child is already in the classroom, making proactive instruction outside of school crucial for long-term success.
Using a foundational curriculum, we employ mock school teaching techniques, creating a structured environment that mirrors the school experience. Whether conducted in the child’s home or within our clinic setting, our program ensures a realistic simulation of a school environment. Integration of peers occurs when the child is ready, fostering social interaction as well.
School readiness ensures that children receive specific training on skills necessary for the school environment, skills they might not otherwise be exposed to before integrating into the school. This preparation ensures that the child enters school with confidence, readiness, and a higher likelihood for success across all areas.
Examples of skills taught include:
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School Shadowing
We provide school shadowing for children who can benefit from additional support in the classroom. Our goal is for your child to independently respond to their teacher and participate in school activities without being dependent on their aide.
We do this by addressing the child’s individual needs and systematically fading prompts and the presence of the BT in the classroom. We work collaboratively with teachers and school staff to ensure we are providing a benefit to the teacher and child by helping them reach their full potential in the classroom.
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ABA Therapy FAQs

Have a Question?

We are here to help you with any questions you might have surrounding ABA Therapy.

How long will my child need to be in ABA therapy?

The duration of your child needing ABA therapy will depend on factors such as age, level of delays, and response to ABA treatment. Because we cover a wide range of developmental areas and need to ensure generalization of skills across people and settings, you should expect your child to need ABA therapy for at least 1-2 years, and often longer. Get started here.

Do I need to be present during therapy?

All ABA therapy requires an adult over 18 years old to be present in the home, except in clinic sessions where a caregiver does not need to be present, and you may drop the child off. Caregivers do not need to participate in the entirety of direct ABA therapy sessions but are required to participate in parent training and communication with supervisors and board-certified behavior analysts. The more you participate in your child’s therapy, the better able you will be to implement strategies into your home and help your child meet their goals.

How many hours per week is the commitment?

The hourly commitment will depend on various factors, but children within our direct ABA therapy program can expect to be scheduled for 10-40 hours per week of sessions.

How long does the assessment process take before we can start services?

The length of the assessment procedure differs, usually ranging from two to six weeks, depending on staff availability. Various elements, including the arrangement of required assessment sessions, obtaining insurance cover ABA therapy approvals, and providing sufficient time for an in-depth review by the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), can influence this period. This process guarantees a thorough and meticulous evaluation tailored to the unique requirements of your child.

What training does the behavior technician have before working with my child?

Our BTs have extensive initial training through our company and a 40-hour registered behavior technician (RBT) certification training provided by an outside training program. BCBAs and Clinical Directors provide ongoing training during and outside of 1:1 sessions.

How do I know if my child is ready for school?

A child demonstrates school readiness when they can learn from different people and demonstrate skills across different environments. The child should be able to follow both individual and group instructions with minimal prompting, transition between activities, attend to group activities, sit for long durations, and complete complex and non-preferred tasks with minimal guidance. Ultimately, school readiness is demonstrated when the child can learn new skills without requiring individualized one-on-one support. Learn more about school readiness here.

Isn’t it better to enroll my child in school so they can learn school skills there?

Placing a child in a school readiness program before they enter formal education is imperative to ensure they acquire essential classroom success skills. These foundational skills are necessary for children to find themselves consistently behind their peers because the school often needs to be equipped to teach one-on-one skills that are expected to be demonstrated in the class setting. In our school readiness program, children are provided with necessary tools such as learning from various sources, following individual and group instructions, transitioning between activities, sitting for extended durations, participating effectively in social opportunities, and completing complex and non-preferred tasks. Through this proactive approach, children develop the self-sufficiency to learn and adapt as they progress through their academic journey. Dedicating a school readiness program as a preventive measure minimizes the need for additional support down the road.
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Written By:
Samantha D.
Samantha D.

Clinical Director at Spectrum Behavioral Therapies. Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Social Behavior. Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Fullerton. Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2017.

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