Functional Behavior Assessment


Autism Diagnosis: How Assessment Guides Our Intervention

Assessment of behaviors at Acuity Behavior Solutions includes functional behavior ABA assessments. This is crucial to intervention. Autism is considered to be a spectrum disorder because some individuals may have autism with cognitive limitations, while others are only mildly affected by autism. Although ASD is a life-long disability, many children show significant progress with treatment, and have the ability to independently participate in learning, social, and community activities with typically developing peers (e.g., attend typical learning environments). For some individuals with autism, early intensive behavioral intervention can result in growth and learning so that, eventually, the individual no longer meets the criteria for autism.

ABA in Orange County CA

Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy (ABA) is a type of intensive therapy focusing on learning theory principles and techniques to help improve social behavior. ABA counseling allows (1) the creation of new abilities, (2) to mold and improve previously developed skills, and (3) to reduce socially relevant patterns that cause issues.A highly-trained Board Certified Behavior Analyst will conduct an interview, observation, and direct testing with your child to fully assess the behaviors of concern and the areas where additional skills are needed.

ABA therapy is a clinically-based approach to explaining thinking and behavior by analyzing the role of the behavior and the context it happens within. Anything a person does is a behavior (talking, eating, coloring, tying shoes, etc.) and ABA looks at the purpose behind those actions and under what circumstances they occur, to change them or to teach new, more functional ways of doing something. For example, if a child screams when eating lunch, ABA would look at the surrounding environment to determine why he’s screaming and then determine what would be a more appropriate way to do the same.

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Assessment of problem behaviors at Acuity Behavior Solutions includes several components:

  • ZDefining behavior clearly - through something we call an Operational Definition
  • ZDetermining common triggers and events surrounding that behavior – often referred to as analysis of the Antecedents and Consequences
  • ZSeeking to identify the reason the behaviors appear to be occurring – technically referred to as the function of the behavior
  • ZCollection of both reported and observed behaviors to support the analysis of the behaviors

Additionally, our experienced BCBAs will ask you questions and assess your child directly through the use of some of our standardized and developmental ABA assessments including, but not limited to:

  • ZVineland Adaptive Behavior Scales – Edition 3 (Vineland-3)
  • ZVerbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP)
  • ZAssessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS)
  • ZDevelopmental Assessment of Young Children-Second Edition (DAY-C 2)
  • ZBehavior Assessment System for Children 2 (BASC 2)
  • ZOther assessments, as needed

Our clinicians/BCBAs determine which ABA assessments are the most beneficial for your child’s therapy

At the end of the Functional Behavior Assessment with the BCBA, we will create a comprehensive report including a full analysis of the child’s problem behaviors, a plan for intervening on those behaviors to reduce them, a list of the top prioritized goals for increasing your child’s skills, goals for parents/caregivers, and a set of recommendations for how many hours of ABA in Orange County is medically necessary. For starters, if the team decides that a suitable target for your child is to tie their own shoes, they may start by going and finding their own shoes. Once this behavior is learned, the child will be taught to find shoes independently. The next move after that could be to cross the lines. This will proceed until the child finishes all of the phases individually. For each child, these steps may be different but the idea is the same, starting at the beginning and building from there.

Recommendations for the number of hours of ABA in Orange County by the clinician are typically based on:

  • Z Clinical need
  • ZSkills to be acquired
  • ZChild’s estimated rate of skill acquisition
  • ZSeverity and number of problem behaviors to reduce
  • ZOverall assessment of child’s needs and levels of functioning

Goals will be objective, measurable and achievable. Goals are often in the areas of:

  • ZBehavior Reduction
  • ZLanguage & Communication
  • ZSocial Skills
  • ZIndependent Living Skills
  • ZPlay & Leisure Skills
  • ZCommunity Integration
  • ZCognitive and Pre-Academic Skills
  • ZCoping and Tolerance

Our comprehensive reports typically exceed the minimum report requirements for each of the insurance companies we are contracted with. This means our reports have more information and resources than required, to ensure the highest quality of care. A diagnosis of autism may be given by a pediatrician, family doctor, neurologist, psychologist, psychiatrist or other mental health professional. School district staff may also give a diagnosis, in order to qualify a child for school-based services. While there is no cure for autism, significant improvements in behavior, communication, and social functioning can be made through Autism Spectrum Disorder Treatment. At Acuity Behavior Solutions, we are dedicated to improving the lives of children with autism and their families with our Autism Spectrum Disorder Treatment.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a term that includes Asperger’s Syndrome, and Autistic disorder, as well as Pervasive Developmental Disability. After Autism Spectrum Disorder Treatment, a child with autism generally demonstrates fewer of the symptoms of autism and functions in ways closer to typically developing children. Children with autism can learn to become more independent and self-sufficient through ABA therapy. Many children who have autism are diagnosed between the ages of 18 months and 3 years, but the diagnosis can be given earlier or later than these ages. Autism is much more common in boys than girls – about 4 boys are diagnosed with autism for every 1 girl diagnosed.


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Acuity Behavior Solutions
1820 W. Orangewood Ave., Suite 110, Orange ,CA, 92868
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