Beehave Therapies


What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a evidence-based approach to understanding behavior and learning and is a therapy that focuses on improving specific behaviors that are involved in daily life activities. The goal of ABA therapy at Beehave Therapies is to help individuals and families live a full potential life through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

ABA therapy can help:

In home ABA therapy session with a kid

How does ABA therapy work?

Applied Behavior Analysis involves many interventions for understanding and changing behavior. ABA is a flexible therapy that:

We focus on: Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement is the main strategy used at Beehave Therapies.
When a behavior is followed by something that is valued (a reward), a person is more likely to repeat that behavior.
Positive rewards encourage the person to continue using the skill. Over time this leads to meaningful behavior change. 

What Does an ABA Program Involve?

Good ABA programs are not “one size fits all.” Each program is written to meet the needs of the individual learner.

The goal of any ABA program is to help each person work on skills that will help them become more independent and successful in their lives.

Planning and Ongoing Assessment

A behavior analyst (BCBA) designs and directly oversees the program. They customize the ABA program to each learner’s skills, needs, interests, preferences, and family situation.

The BCBA will begin by doing a detailed assessment of each person’s skills and preferences. This is used for the creation of specific treatment goals. Family goals and preferences may be included also.

Treatment goals are written based on the age and ability level of a person.

Goals can include many different skillset areas, such as:

The behavior technician teaches each goal, from simple (example: putting on a shoe) to more complex (example: tying shoes).
The Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and behavior technicians measure progress through collecting data in each therapy session. Data helps the team monitor a person’s progress toward their goals on an ongoing basis.
The BCBA regularly meets with family members and team members to review information about progress. They can then plan and adjust teaching plans and goals as needed.

ABA Techniques and Philosophy

Parents, family members and caregivers receive training so they can support learning and skill practice throughout the day.

The learner receives a great extent of positive reinforcement for demonstrating useful skills and appropriate behaviors. This creates enjoyable learning.

The learner receives no reinforcement for behaviors that pose harm or prevent learning. ABA is effective for people of all ages.

Who provides ABA services?

A board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA) provides ABA therapy services.
ABA therapy programs also involve Behavior technicians, or Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs). These individuals are trained and supervised by the BCBA. They work directly with children and adults to practice skills and work toward the individual goals written by the BCBA.
To learn more, see the Behavior Analyst Certification Board website.

What is the evidence that ABA works?

ABA is considered an evidence-based best practice treatment by the US Surgeon General and by the American Psychological Association.
“Evidence based” means that ABA has passed scientific tests of its usefulness, quality, and effectiveness.

Is ABA covered by insurance?

Sometimes. Many types of private health insurance are required to cover ABA services.
Effective July 2018, children and young adults (ages 0-21) in California identified with behavioral health needs and/or any developmental disabilities qualify for treatment services.