A Verbal Approach Pediatric Therapy
Assessing verbal behavior skills and behaviors that interfere with learning using the VB-Mapp, ABLLS-R, and EESA.
Verbal Behavior Therapy
Utilizing the principles of verbal behavior to target language acquisition and improvement, speech sound production, and social communication
Picky Eating Therapy
Addresses picky eating issues using desensitization and reinforcement to establish and maintain a healthy diet without every meal ending in a fight.
Is this speech therapy?
No. Verbal behavior is based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) which uses a functional approach to shape and increase language while speech therapy uses a structural approach. Check here for more details.
What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?
ABA is a type of therapy that focuses on increasing desired behaviors or skills and decreasing undesired behaviors by manipulating the environment. It is based on behaviorism and is a small part of the larger field of behavior analysis. ABA is an evidence based therapy with thousands of research articles showing that it is effective at increasing communication, increasing social skills, increasing daily living skills, and decreasing problem behavior. To learn more, check out the BACB info page on ABA.
I thought ABA was just for kids with Autism?
ABA has been endorsed by the US Surgeon General as the most effective, evidence based treatment for Autism, but it is not only for individuals with Autism. Behavior analysts work with companies to improve the productivity and efficiency of employees (organizational behavior management), in safety industries reducing human error and accidents, in medical compliance, in health and wellness improvement, in animal behavior, with pediatric behavior issues such as toilet training, picky eating, sibling issues, sleeping issues, and more.
Who will be working with my child?
The treatment team includes a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) and behavior technician. BCBA's have a masters degree in ABA, psychology, education, or related field, have specialized training in the science of behavior analysis, and pass a certification exam. The BCBA conducts assessments, creates and updates goals, provides parent training, and provides some to all of the direct therapy. The behavior technician is trained in ABA and verbal behavior and provides the direct therapy. While a degree is not required for this position, most technicians are working on a relevant degree and there is a high level of training before providing therapy and on-going training throughout.
Do I need to stop my current speech or ABA therapy?
No. We can collaborate with your current speech therapy and behavioral programs. Also, the focused approach we use does not replace a comprehensive ABA program.
Do you bill my insurance company?
Not at this time. But we offer an affordable hourly rate and can offer payment plans for services.
How many hours will be recommended?
You won't be able to find out exactly how many hours are required until after the evaluation and report, but typically it will be between 1-5 hours per week. While most comprehensive ABA therapy programs recommend between 10-40 hours per week, A Verbal Approach provides a very focused therapy for language and communication deficits. Parent education meetings are also included in these sessions to make sure you are carrying over the therapy, even when we aren't there.
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Melissa Druskis, M.S., BCBA, LBA
2010: B.S. in Speech Language Pathology & Audiology
2014: M.S. Applied Cognition and Neuroscience
2015: Florida Institute of Technology
Certification in ABA
Thank you for coming to A Verbal Approach! I have 10 years clinical experience working with children and adolescents with speech and language delays and disorders, first as a speech language pathologist assistant, and currently as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. I have worked with a wide range of ages and populations including typically developing children, individuals with autism, downs syndrome, and other developmental disorders. While I have a background in speech therapy, my approach to treating language and feeding deficits is based on the science of behaviorism and verbal behavior.
In addition to my clinical work, I have conducted research in the area of neural plasticity and working memory through my graduate degree in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience. I also provide supervision and training to BCBA and BCaBA students, work as a co-instructor for Florida Institute of Technology's online masters degree program, and supervise comprehensive ABA therapy programs in a home-health setting in the DFW area.
$300 flat rate
The evaluation includes 1.5-3hrs of parent interview and direct assessment as well as a focused treatment plan to guide the first 6 months of therapy.
Verbal Behavior Therapy
by BCBA $100/ 1 hr session
by ABA Therapist $80/ 1 hr session (if available)
Discounts are available for paying for 5 or 10 sessions at a time
McKinney, TX, USA
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