Question of the Month – August

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QUESTION: My child requires ABA behavior intervention. Which is the better option- home or center based ABA therapy?

ANSWER: From The Puzzle Place
3425 US 9 North, Freehold, NJ 07728

You have taken a big first step, acknowledging your child needs help and are now searching for the best you can get for them. Even with center-based therapy, your job as a parent will continue when your child is home with you. You can do this type of therapy at home but do not expect the same results as Center-based ABA. During Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy, skills are broken down into smaller, easy-to-learn steps. Positive reinforcement is used to encourage the child, and data is constantly collected to measure the child’s progress and modify their personalized treatment plan. This is the single most effective treatment and the only treatment shown to lead to substantial, lasting improvements in the lives of children with Autism. Over 1,000 peer-reviewed, scientific autism articles describe ABA successes, leading to the National Institute of Health and the Association for Science in Autism Treatment to endorse the method along with the U.S. Surgeon General. When comparing home-based and center-based ABA programs, no matter your choice, there needs to be a commitment to consistently attending therapy and achieving the medically recommended number of program hours. Keeping this commitment often comes down to your schedule, available transportation, and other circumstances that can influence your family’s daily routine. You need to choose the most effective approach based upon the needs of your child, and the demands of their lifestyle.

Center-based therapy provides:

» More opportunities to control the environment
» More direct oversight than home-based therapy
» Great choice if there are noisy siblings at home
» Center-based services had improved the family’s sense of balance and quality of life as well
» Families have more freedom and flexibility with their schedules because they have time freed up to run errands and spend time with their other children to an extent not experienced with the home-based model.
» Treatment model allows for increased social opportunities, particularly social skills with peers
» Frequent treatment and supervision from the clinicians responsible for tracking progress.
» It creates more opportunities for generalization since the child is outside of his or her typical environment
» The environment is specifically optimized for learning and helps prepare that child to benefit from other learning environments as well.
» Center provides state-of-the-art, developmentally appropriate educational tools and aids
» Playground equipment meet federal and safety standards
» Learning aids and furniture been designed for maximum comfort and learning.
» It allows for an intensity of treatment that produces amazing results.


Our year-round programming is for ages 1 to 6 with a wonderful summer program for the 6-9 year olds. MOST PRIVATE INSURANCES WILL COVER THESE SERVICES WITH AN AUTISM DIAGNOSIS. Speech services, Occupational and Physical therapy are also provided on premises.

The Puzzle Place
3425 US 9 North, Freehold, NJ 07728