Autism comes in many different shapes and sizes, just like people. But there is one common thread connecting all children on the autism spectrum: the need to be treated as an individual. Using applied behavior analysis and applied behavior principles results in therapy for children with autism that gets amazing results. Mindful and Modern Therapies is an applied behaviour therapy center that recognizes your child’s unique needs.
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What is an applied behavior center for autism?
An applied behavior center for autism is a facility that offers ABA therapy. This type of autism behavioral therapy is data-driven and customized for each child on a case-by-case basis. At Mindful and Modern Therapies, each child is paired with one technician so that they receive the personalized attention they need but are encouraged to explore their own independence in a natural environment.
What should I expect from an applied behavior center for autism?
At Mindful and Modern ABA Therapies, you can expect extremely qualified professionals– Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs)– working with your child in a calm, consistent, and safe environment. Our applied behavior center features natural sunlight and Montessori-certified learning tools that use hands-on learning along with multisensory engagements. We develop treatment plans with purpose in an inclusive, natural environment. Each child receives constant one-on-one attention and therapy that shifts to accommodate their specific learning style.
What is a natural environment in an applied behavior center for autism?
Unlike a clinical or classroom environment, a Natural Environment Teaching (NET) takes place in a “real-life” setting and includes elements that are familiar to children– real dishes and utensils, for example. This type of environment helps autistic children develop generalization skills– skills that can be transferred from one environment to another. This transfer of skills from one setting to another is crucially important in helping a child learn to self-regulate at home, school, and any other environment.
By using familiar objects such as dishes and utensils that are scaled to child-size, we encourage behaviors that are helpful in day-to-day life, such as washing dishes and putting things back where they belong. Moreover, these small actions help autistic children to develop and hone fine motor skills. Having a garden area gives children an opportunity to learn about nature and, understand how they fit into the picture, and to see beyond their immediate surroundings.
How is MMAT an inclusive applied behavior center for autism?
Our facility is unique in that it is two separate facilities under one roof: a Montessori center and an applied behavior center for autism. The two centers are separated by a door, and there is a great deal of interaction and crossover between the two– led by children and overseen by technicians, of course. The small group setting at MMAT allows for concentrated one-on-one therapy for each child while participating in activities with peers. We find this integrated approach extremely useful in helping children of all abilities develop social skills that will transfer into school later.
What makes MMAT different from other applied behavioral centers for autism?
Our success in treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorder stems from a number of factors beginning with our integrated environment. Under our roof, children are able to thrive with social development– a critical skill for children with ASD. Beyond that, our Montessori-based approach embraces that all children learn differently, and our ABA therapies embrace this fact fully. We allow children to learn at their own pace in their own style, in an environment that is natural to them.
Mindful and Modern Therapies does not use external motivations as a means of motivating long-term behavioral changes. Instead, we inspire intrinsic motivation in our therapies– focusing on the whole child and letting them lead the process. This break from tradition makes therapy more enjoyable for children and encourages them to develop a strong sense of independence.
At what age can a child begin therapy at MMAT behavior center for autism?
We enroll children from birth to nine years old at Mindful and Modern ABA Therapies. Autism behavioral therapy at an early age may lead to significant improvements in language and other abilities later on. Our therapies are useful, however, for children of varying abilities at any age up to nine years old.
Get started with ABA therapy for Autism
The first step towards enrolling your child in a program is to take a tour of the Mindful and Modern ABA Therapies facility to see if it is a good fit for your family. If you believe that our staff and program is right for your child, then you must schedule an assessment with us to get a clinical diagnosis for your child. During the assessment, a BCBA will spend 15-30 minutes working with and observing your child in order to determine whether they have ASD. Once your child has been diagnosed, the process of being approved by your insurance company begins, and once you are approved, you may enroll your child in therapy. Once your child is enrolled, the BCBA will create a treatment plan specific to your child, and they will be paired with an RBT for their treatment.
Frequently asked questions about ABA therapy for special needs and Autism
ABA therapy works on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. That means we provide therapy one-on-one, with a strong, ongoing emphasis on “pairing” the child with one dedicated therapist so that they develop a secure, long term relationship. We use ABA therapy methods are data-driven, meaning that they are highly individualized to fit with the needs of each child on a case-by-case basis.
A Registered Behavior Technician (RBT®) is a paraprofessional certification in behavior analysis. All of our RBTs have undergone 40 hours of training, taken and passed an exam, and must renew their certification annually.
Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA®) possess an undergraduate-level certification in behavior analysis. BCaBAs are required to complete continuing education and apply for recertification every two years.
Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA®) possess a graduate-level certification in behavior analysis. BCBAs are also required to complete continuing education and apply for recertification every two years.
There is no prescribed duration of time for a child to receive ABA therapy. While we love watching your kids learn and grow, we understand that the ultimate goal of therapy is to prepare children for moving on to school successfully. Most children spend 2-3 years with an ABA therapist.
MMAT is for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) whose families want them in an environment that cultivates social skills, language development, and increased independence. Because we are a sister institution to Maria Montessori International, we are able to provide one-on-one therapy for children right alongside their typical developing peers. This allows your child to interact socially in a typical setting, make friends, and build a solid foundation for success when they transition to school.
Many people know Maria Montessori as a pioneer in the education field, but her revolutionary education style began after working with children who had various disabilities. The Montessori focus on personalization in education coupled with natural approaches lends itself to teaching children of all abilities. Mindful and Modern Therapies was inspired by seeing many of our students with ASD flourishing in Montessori education. By bridging the gap we saw in connecting traditional therapy to learning, we found an effective way to treat students with ASD in a natural environment.
We believe Montessori brings purpose to therapy.
A natural environment includes objects such as real dishes that children learn how to use, clean, and put away. These small but important details prepare your child for functioning in the world. A garden area allows children to learn about nature and how they fit into the picture, as well as helping a child to see beyond their immediate surroundings. A natural environment for your child helps them to learn the skills they need to become life-long learners. This follows the principles of Montessori education, and encourages your child to develop their whole self – physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.
Yes! We believe children of all abilities can learn together and from one another. We create an environment where everyone can learn at their own pace, and benefit from their peers, regardless of ability.
Our Full Day program is from 8:30 to 3:30, while our half-day programs are either 8:30 am – 12:30 pm or 1:30 am-5:30 pm.
Our lunch is from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to ABA therapy, as each child is different. We approach every child on a case-by-case basis and make recommendations accordingly. Some of our children attend a half-day session in combination with a half-day at school.
We take the following insurances for any of our therapeutic services:
- Indiana Medicaid
- Medicaid Managed Care
- Anthem Medicaid
- CareSource Medicaid
Our therapy is currently covered by the following insurers:
- Indiana Medicaid
- Medicaid Managed Care
- Anthem Medicaid
- CareSource Medicaid
While we currently do not offer speech therapy for children with ASD, we are looking into adding it as a service in the near future. Stay tuned and do not hesitate to inquire with us about it.
The Mindful and Modern therapies we use are suitable for children from as young as birth to as old as 9 years old.