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Welcome to the Verbal Beginnings Family Corner!
Thank you so much for stopping by the Verbal Beginnings Family Corner. Here you will be able to find helpful resources, fun craft projects and games to play at home, a community calendar to ensure you don’t miss any fun events and links to sign up for FREE Verbal Beginnings Webinars.

Verbal Beginnings is so proud to announce that we are making an impact on the ABA world by releasing our own magazine, “ABA Impact by Verbal Beginnings!” Not only will this magazine have information for parents, but it will also include scientific articles written by our own staff on a variety of topics.

From eating tips to insurance advice, this is a magazine you won’t want to put down.

This project is so important to us because it connects to multiple core values that we have built our business on. From dissemination to collaboration and education, we are passionate about being a leader in the ABA world for both clients and therapists. Our motto is to ‘Change Lives. One Child At A Time. One Professional At A Time.’ and this magazine is a key part of how we are executing that mission.

Autism Spectrum Disorder and
Applied Behavior Analysis

mom of two children with autism wonders what is aba applied behavioral analysisYour child recently received the Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis and you received a referral for Applied Behavior Analysis.

What’s next?

Well, you’ve come to the right place. Verbal Beginnings specializes in Applied Behavior Analysis, commonly known as ABA therapy.

What is ABA? Answer: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the leading, research-based methodology proven to bring about positive, meaningful change in behavior in individuals with autism and learning disabilities. ABA has been endorsed by state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Surgeon General.

ABA uses data to determine the effectiveness of programs once treatment protocols are in place. If data reveals that significant changes are being made, treatment changes are recommended. ABA is used within several treatment approaches such as Natural Environment Teaching, Discrete Trial Instruction, Incidental Teaching, Behavior Management, etc. The goal of ABA therapy is to have the learner master skills to generalization, which means that the learner is proficient in the skill to the extent that he/she performs the skill independently, across different settings and people.

The Andrew’s World Children’s Book Series

The “Andrew’s World” book series is intended to help children with autism, like Andrew, learn skills and identify emotions and sensations they may experience. Andrew’s actions and reactions provide a behavior model for other children to learn from and the Skills Checklist helps adults work with them to apply what they learned.

 

andrews world i love my doctor
For sale on Lulu.
andrews world i love to brush my teeth
For sale on Amazon and Lulu.
Andrews World I Love to have a plan
For sale on Amazon and Lulu.
andrews world i love to shop
For sale on Lulu.
Andrews World I Love Flying On Airplanes
For sale on Amazon and Lulu.

Community Calendar

Stay connected and active with our community events!

  • Sensory Friendly Mornings – Discovery Children’s Museum
    Sunday, November 20, 2022 9-11 AM
    55 Market Place Baltimore, MD
  • Sensory Friendly Performance: Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience
    Sunday, December 11, 2022 11AM
    Imagination Stage
    4908 Auburn Ave. Bethesda, MD
  • Sensory Friendly Performance: The Nutcracker
    Friday, December 16, 2022, 2PM
    Tuesday, December 27, 2022, 2PM
    PBT 2800 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Sensory Friendly Play:
    2nd Tuesday of Every Month
    Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
    10 Children’s Way Allegheny Square
    Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Upcoming Webinars

Our webinars help families learn about Autism ABA Therapy for your family.

“Let’s Play!”
December 13th 5-6pm

Register

Funding Options

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ABA therapy is now covered by insurance companies! See if your insurance company is in our network.
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Grants can be used when paying for ABA privately and can offset the costs of copays/deductibles and anything insurance doesn’t cover.
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Different counties offer different programs for students diagnosed with autism. Check whether these resources are available to you.

Therapy Process

The process is individualized for each person depending on their history, needs and coverage.

Consultation
Upon receiving your intake paperwork our BCBAs will contact you to set up an initial consultation.
Assessment
The BCBA will decide which assessments will be the most appropriate for your child.
Treatment.plan
Once the direct assessments are completed, the BCBA will develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
Implement.plan
Direct therapy is delivered and progress is evaluated on an ongoing basis.
Family.training
The BCBA will set up monthly meetings to implement family training and provide ABA resources for parents.
Real.world
The goal of our therapy is to generalize skills across all settings and people.

Family Activities

Family Resources

ABA Information

Understanding Applied Behavior Analysis 
by Albert Kearney, 2007

In-Home ABA Programs
 by Elle Johnson, 2013

Treating Eating Problems by Keith E. Williams, 2007

Verbal Behavior Information

The Verbal Behavior Approach
 by Mary Barbera, 2007

Verbal Behavior Milestones and
 Placement Program: The VB-MAPP
 by Mark Sundberg, 2008

Positive Reinforcement

The Home Token Economy by J.R. Alvord & C.D. Cheney, 1998