All treatment programs are individualized for the client, so services may vary along many parameters. Typically, during the behavior assessment phase, the behavior analyst makes several visits to observe the individual, collect data, and review any necessary documentation. ABA therapy sessions can vary in length, but on average, last for 1-2 hours each.
Consultative services usually involve a once-weekly observation session, and behavior analysts will build in time to discuss behavioral progress with caregivers while observing the implementation of the behavior plan and observing the client’s response to treatment. Some clients may receive more intensive services, including multi-day schedules, based on their clinical needs.
Typical ABA sessions will occur in the environment where problem behaviors are most likely to occur, which is where the services will presumably be the most effective. For skill acquisition cases, services will be conducted in more structured environments where programs can be implemented with as little disruption as possible.
Behavior analysts may sometimes consult with an individual’s medication manager, which may be a psychiatrist or a nurse practitioner, on an as needed basis. Behavior analysts are in a unique position to help evaluate the effects of behavior-altering medications because data on the behaviors of note are being collected before, during, and after possible changes to the medication regimens.
We create flexible schedules that fit the needs of both the client and the behavior analyst. Of course, we recognize that emergencies and last-minute changes may be made sometimes, and we hope to reschedule missed visits in an appropriate and timely manner.