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According to the CDC and the National Research Council, intensive early intervention can greatly improve the condition of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). While there are many different types of treatment available for children with ASD, ADHD and other complex behavioural needs, no other treatment has proven its effectiveness to that extent that Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) has. It has been widely accepted as the treatment of choice when seeking to improve behaviour and communication in individuals with behavioural needs.  

Proven results

ABA has proven rates of success. The graph below shows an increase of target skill development following the implementation of a Beam ABA programme which is based on three sessions a week, each three hours long (i.e., nine hours of intervention a week).

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Beam ABA early intervention programmes

Grounded in these principles, Beam ABA offers early intervention programmes, currently in Greater London, Manchester, and the South West (Bath, Bristol and Somerset) with further locations rolling out soon.

We believe that no child should miss out on evidence-based treatment, therefore, our early intervention programmes are all-inclusive and costed at an hourly rate.

Hourly rates include:

  • Programme design and clinical oversight by a BCBA/MSc qualified supervisor (often referred to as a consultant). Typically, a supervisor will attend at least one session per week as well as having full oversight of real-time data, and be in regular contact with the Behaviour Support Therapists (BST) team
  • Programme delivery by a fully vetted and quality assured BST (often referred to as an ABA tutor)
  • Attendance to meetings with the team and third parties involved in care provision, data analysis, report writing and maintaining accurate records to CQC quality standards
  • All staff training and development
  • Travel expenses (up to 90 minutes) and travel time

Additional programme costs:

  • Multi-site assessment. We conduct assessments across contexts to see the learner in different environments which includes at school, at home and in the community. By conducting observations across contexts, we get a clearer picture of how the young person learns, communicates and interacts with their environments
  • Travel expenses and travel time for journey’s further than 90 minutes
  • Reimbursement for third party costs such as tickets for activities and individualised learning resources (to be agreed in advance)
  • Respite care outside of standard programme delivery (supplied on application)

Wait time

After a referral is made, an assessment is initiated and conducted by a member of our clinical team. Based on our conclusions and recommendations, we will sit down with parents and decide on an appropriate plan of early intervention treatment support. This guides our decision-making around putting an individualised team together to deliver the programme. From initial assessment observations, we would aim to commence a programme within six weeks provided there are no unforeseen delays.

How does it work?

Our team of credentialed ABA professionals work alongside families, schools, and additional external stakeholders who have been impacted with autism. Beam ABA supervisors work at home and in schools alongside families to set long-term goals with achievable developmental milestones along the journey.

The key is that improvements made should be socially significant – both to the young person and to those that support him/her. Programmes are individualised to best meet the needs of the young person.

Our aim is to ensure that progress is sustained by generalising across people, locations, and time. Our clinical team has the necessary credentials and experience to help the young person develop functional communication, behavioural, self-help, and academic skills through function-based interventions.

ABA Supervisor at Beam ABA explains, "Key to the success of any programme is consistency and collaboration. Providing skilled and trained staff in isolation is not enough unless the focus is on socially significant outcomes achieved across location, across time and across people. While our primary focus is on intensive intervention with the young person, understanding what is important to his or her family, identifying shared goals and outcomes, as well as implementing strategies for when we are not there, all contribute to the effectiveness of an early intervention."

If you'd like to speak to a member of our team, please contact us.