BAYADA provides quality, compassionate services for individuals diagnosed with autism, or those who have a developmental delay, developmental or intellectual disability, or behaviors that impact their ability to learn.
Our behavioral health professionals provide positive behavioral supports for clients in the comfort of their own home, school, or through our Center-Based Services program.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States.
Applied Behavior Analysis at BAYADA
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy is an applied science, used for the treatment of autism and related learning or social disorders to reduce challenging behaviors and increase functional skills. Interventions based on the principles of ABA are evidence-based, with clearly defined procedures to address social, communications, behavioral, and self-help deficits. ABA is provided either one-on-one or in a group setting by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®) and a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT™) who will implement and take data on programs detailed in the treatment plan.
ABA services are available in the home, through our Center-Based Serves program, and at school through a contract with the Hawai’i Board of Education.
BAYADA professionals customize their teaching around several ABA methodologies, including :
Errorless teaching is a way of teaching that prevents a child from making mistakes as he or she is learning a new skill. The child is prompted to make the correct response immediately, ensuring a correct response each time. The prompt is then slowly faded in order to promote accuracy with the least amount of errors and frustration.
A visual support refers to using a picture or other visual item to communicate with a child who has difficulty understanding or using language. Visual supports can be photographs, drawings, objects, written words, or lists.
Differential reinforcement is used to reinforce a specific behavior while withholding reinforcement for other behaviors.
Verbal behavior encourages the child to learn language by connecting words to their purpose. The child learns that words can help them get desired objects or results. Verbal behavior programs teach why we use words and how they are useful in making requests and communicating ideas.
Discrete trial teaching is a method of teaching in simplified and structured steps. Instead of teaching an entire skill in one go, the skill is broken down and built up using discrete trials that teach each step one at a time.
Natural Environment Teaching focuses on naturalistic learning through play or learning in the natural setting. This means that teaching isn’t just occurring at a desk or table located in a therapy room, but in a variety of settings.
This play-based therapy targets pivotal areas of a child’s development instead of working on one specific behavior. Pivotal areas include motivation, response to multiple cues, self-management, and initiation of social interactions.
Individualized Care for Your Child
At BAYADA, we treat every child and their family as an extension of our own. With your child’s developmental needs and safety as our highest priorities, we strive to build close relationships and trust with you, your child, and other family members. We customize teachings and interventions to maximize your individual strengths and implement approved methodologies and therapies for improving social skills, communication, and academic learnings.
It is our collective goal to help your child reach their highest potential and we are committed to walking this journey with you, every step of the way. Depending on the age and ability of each child, the earliest portions of our autism services focus on basic verbal and non-verbal communication as tools for learning-readiness, including
- Increasing communication
- Incresing participation in daily activities
- Eye contact
- Play skills
- Social engagement
BAYADA services also target more specialized areas to help children with autism reach their maximum potential, including:
- Toilet training
- Feeding concerns
- Gross and fine motor skills
- Sensory issues
- Challenging behaviors
- Daily living skills
The BAYADA Autism Services Process
Because autism is a spectrum disorder, each person has a distinct set of strengths and challenges. We work closely with you and your child to thoroughly understand those factors and design a customized plan to best help your child succeed at home, school, and in their community. Our client care process may include:
Assessment of each child’s current skill functioning is provided by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®)
The treatment plan is used to define the individualized goals and objectives that are essential to long-term success.
Progress reports are used to keep families and funding sources up to date on progress and make modifications as needed to remain on track toward goals.
Functional behavior assessments are conducted by a BCBA® who identifies when, where, and why a challenging behavior occurs in order to create function-based interventions.
Behavior intervention plans are used to identify challenging behaviors and details strategies to decrease and replace those behaviors based on their function.
Supervision is provided by a BCBA or a Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA®) (link to section on BCaBA)
Program updates and modification are used to track mastered skills, program success, and continuously ensure relevance and progress towards goals.
Electronic data collection is taken on each skill targeted utilizing tablets and specialized software built for maximum efficiency, accuracy, and transparency for families.
We are committed to fostering clear and consistent communication with families as it is a vital component of your child’s success.
Our Team of Trained and Experienced Professionals Love What They Do
All of BAYADA’s professionals have an innate desire and commitment to help someone in need enjoy a better quality of life. Our people followed their hearts to get here. They are doing exactly what they were meant to do. And we back them every step of the way.
In addition to embodying the mission, vision, values, and purpose of The BAYADA Way—our company philosophy—each professional has extensive job-related experience and training and receives comprehensive supervision and team support. Every employee undergoes a thorough background investigation and work reference checks, rigorous training both upon hire and annually, and orientation to your child’s specific needs.
A BCBA® is a masters-trained professional who administers, conducts, evaluates, and supervises your child’s ABA therapy. BCBAs must be Licensed Behavior Analysts (LBA) in the state of Hawai’i.
A BCaBA® is an undergraduate-level trained professional who works under the supervision of the BCBA® to implement all treatment programs approved by the BCBA, and to supervise the work of the Registered Behavior Technicians.
An RBT® is a paraprofessional who administers your child’s ABA therapy under the supervision of a BCBA® or BCaBA®.
“BAYADA met my strong need for a supportive work environment that provided me with the tools and training I needed to thrive as a new BCBA® .”
Board Certified Behavior Analyst®
“Everyone at BAYADA is a team, so we are all working together to improve the quality of life for our clients. Everyone is supportive and they want you to succeed. The environment is very welcoming and different in a positive way .”
Registered Behavior Technician™
BAYADA’s Center-Based Services give your child a unique opportunity to build skills and interact with others in a fun and welcoming environment.
Provided at either the BAYADA Behavioral Health Center is Maui or Oahu, our Center-Based Services provide:
- The opportunity to access peers
- Increased oversight by a BCBA
- Structured setting designed for ABA treatment
- Opportunities for generalization of skills
- Learning in a new environment
How Do I Get These Services for My Child?
If your child has an autism diagnosis, it is likely that he or she will be covered by a medical insurance provider, Medicaid, or TRICARE. BAYADA will help you navigate your options by working directly with your insurance provider to determine eligibility for benefits. Private pay is also accepted.
We recommend you speak to your child’s physician about prescribing ABA therapy. You may also qualify for services through your child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) or school.