The absolute best source for ABA information is to go to the place where it all began- the Lovaas center at UCLA_ they have an exhaustive website that have demonstrative videos etc. There are multpile studies done on Lovaas and his ABA methods.
Forgive me but I'm not sure what the standard procedure would be in your state. Hopefully, someone who has been through the procedure will hop on to this thread. But, I did do a Google search for you.
Link to ABA providers within 25 miles of you:
Autism Foundation of Tennessee:
This link has an email address of someone who can help you find other local services:
I would also see if your insurance provider covers ABA.
ABA is Applied Behavior Analyses. Our company meets with families to determine their needs and come up with a program that will assist them in reaching the goals they want to reach. It's intensive but so amazingly successful in helping children achieve their highest levels of functioning on multiple levels. It's lessons that we teach the child...in a manner that minimizes errors and rewards correct/positive responses. We also decrease negative behaviors. We cover so many areas, it's difficult to get it into one response.
ABA is Applied Behavioral Analysis.
This link explains it more in detail.
ABA methods are used to support persons with autism in at least six ways:
- to increase desirable behaviors
- to teach new skills
- to maintain behaviors
- to generalize or to transfer behavior from one situation or response to another (eg. from completing assignments in the resource room to performing as well in the mainstream classroom)
- to restrict or narrow conditions under which interfering behaviors occur (eg. modifying the learning environment)
- to reduce interfering behaviors (eg. self injury or stereotypy)
Basically, ABA helps to reduce those undesirable behaviors that hinder learning and promote the more productive ones.
ABA is effective in helping our children because of the behavioral issues they have. But, you can incorporate many of the principles of ABA into everyday activities.