Free Initial Consultation
Before we begin services, we like to meet our prospective clients to review our services, get to know about the child’s needs, and ensure that we are the best fit for your family. One of our BCBAs will schedule a time with you at your home or in our clinic to review our services and how we may be able to help.
We understand that every provider and client may not be a match. We accept clients based on our likelihood of being able to successfully treat them based on the child’s needs and best fit with our available staff. If we do not have the best fit from the beginning, we will recommend other trusted professionals we know will be a better match.
After the initial consultation, the intake process typically takes 2-4 weeks to complete before a set schedule of services can begin.
Once the intake interview is complete, we will work with your insurance company to request an authorization for an initial assessment. This assessment occurs over 2-3 sessions in the home, clinic, or community setting. Sessions typically last 60-90 minutes and are spread out over the course of a week. During this time we may ask to sit with you to review some questions regarding your child’s development. BCBAs conduct all assessments but may be accompanied by a behavior technician to determine if they may be a good fit for your child’s team.
Review of Treatment Recommendations
Following the assessment, one of our BCBAs will set a time to review the treatment plan, including recommended service hours and treatment goals. Treatment recommendations are based on evaluation outcomes and medical necessity. Once the plan is finalized, a request for treatment hours based on medical necessity is submitted to your insurance company for authorization.
While we wait for authorization, your child’s team is finalized. Based on the outcomes of the assessments and your scheduling needs, we will create a team of behavior therapists and assign a BCBA to supervise your child’s program.
Starting ABA services
Services will start with team members getting to know your child. The first couple of sessions with each team member will consist of playing, exploring your child's interests, and learning the finer points of how they communicate and what motivates them. The BCBA will overlap with each behavior technician to ensure they are the right fit and that they are building a history of fun and trust with your child.
Implementation of Treatment Plan
Once behavior technicians have formed a relationship with your child, we can begin working on agreed upon treatment planning goals. Data will be collected during each session along with session notes, and all members of the team, including parents, will be able to monitor progress.
Implementation of treatment plans can look very different across clients. Our main goal within therapy is to address the deficits of autism that may be barriers to your child’s learning. Oftentimes these barriers are social in nature and have less to do with rote responding and memorization of pictures. While we do incorporate table time into our sessions where more traditional discrete trial teaching takes place, many of our clients have a large portion of their program learning within play and in everyday settings where motivation and functional use of skills has the greatest likelihood of generalization.