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Hello!

We are happy to introduce Focus Behavioral Associates to the families of Waco and Central Texas. Our therapists provide clinical-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques to treat and enhance the lives of children and adults with socially significant behaviors. We work with a variety of clients, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and other common behavior diagnosis.

Focus Behavioral Associates' therapists have an extensive background in ABA therapy. Each therapist receives continual training in ABA practices, is CPR/First Aid certified, and has been cleared with a formal background check. All therapy programs provided by our team are supervised by a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst).

ABA therapy is a medically and scientifically accepted treatment that enables children with autism to increase communication, motor, and reasoning skills; enhance social functioning; decrease negative behaviors; and lead more independent lives. The U.S. Surgeon General, the National Institutes of Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Medicare and Medicaid systems, and leading scholars and researchers have all found ABA therapy to be effective in treating autism spectrum disorder. Additionally, ABA therapy is referenced by the American Academy of Pediatrics as an effective treatment for ADHD and is the first-line treatment for ADHD in children ages 4-5 years of age according to current clinical practice guidelines.

Services

We pride ourselves in offering customized services to address the needs of our clients and their families. Our services include:

Program Development

We will work to assess the client’s strengths and weaknesses—to learn what helps the client, and to understand the priorities—in order to establish the key goals of therapy. We will then develop an individualized behavior program to address target behaviors and outline the skills that client needs to develop (e.g., compliance, communication, play skills, toilet training, cooperation and turn-taking, etc.).

Therapy

After first building a relationship with the client, a trained therapist will use proven teaching strategies to help the client develop new skills, focusing on a number of different skills each session. Each skill will be practiced until the client has mastered it. Then, the therapist will work with the client to ensure that the skills are maintained and that they generalize outside the therapeutic setting.

Training

We will work with teachers, parents, and caregivers to teach the techniques necessary to ensure support development outside of therapy. Clients make the most progress when ABA strategies are used consistently throughout the day, by all therapists, teachers, parents, and other caregivers. 

Data Review and Analysis

Focus Behavioral Associates has a state-of-the-art data collection system.  Our system allows our therapists to upload data and document sessions in real time. We offer individual log-in for clients and their families to be able to see the data and comments at any time. We are invested in ensuring the most accurate data service so we can best address our client’s needs and the progression of their goals.

Team Meetings

Along with our data collection system, monthly reports will be issued to review the client’s progress and discuss questions or concerns. We strongly promote a bond between therapist, client, and parent/caregiver.  If you have a question or concern about the client’s progress, we will openly address each with you. However, data about the client’s progress and what the data means is always available to you.

Feeding Clinic

Our feeding intervention program targets poor weight gain, meal time tantrums or mealtimes exceeding 40 minutes, distress and anxiety with new foods, inability to increase textures, inability or refusal to feed oneself, and extreme pickiness.  Our program includes assessments allowing the team to make general recommendations, as well as collaboration and participation from parents, caregivers, and an appropriately certified nutritionist.

Transition Services

We combine the use of ABA techniques with the specialized knowledge of transition to help families and individuals navigate the transition process (from school, employment, postsecondary education, or independent living).  We offer transition services to include transition planning, job skills training, independent living skills training, and social skills development.

Social Skills

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