Our Center-Based Model
Center-based services have been shown to be superior to home-based services for mastery of program targets and rate of mastery (Dixon, Burns, Granpeesheh, Amarasinghe, Powell, & Linstead, 2017). Center-based ABA services generally provide more treatment hours per week, resulting in more opportunities for clients to engage in learning and a higher rate of mastery across target behaviors. Since trained therapists are centrally located, there are less last minute cancellations due to staff emergencies or planned time off. Thus allowing treatments to remain more consistent and prevents disruptions in progress. The ability to limit distractions in a center-based learning environment contributes to higher quality instruction. Therapists are able to utilize group activities to build social skills while also having access to therapy rooms to work on individual targets more efficiently.
Center-based services provide a more structured learning environment to train parents and caregivers. In the home-based setting, parent training and client treatment are often combined, whereas in a center, staff members are better able to work one-on-one with parents to teach complex techniques more effectively. These sessions can be planned to cover specific topics and offer parents an opportunity to ask questions in an environment designed to accommodate these important discussions. Furthermore, the quality and quantity of therapy supervision by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) of direct care professionals is improved with center-based services. In home-based services, supervision is provided in larger blocks of time but less frequent resulting in more spaced-out contact between the supervisor and the therapist. In a center-based environment, supervisors are able to check in at any time to ensure procedures are carried out consistently and adjustments to programming can occur as the client’s behavior progresses. Therapists are able to ask questions as new situations arise and programs become more individualized to the independent needs of the clients.