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Our passionate and caring team is committed to guiding your family through this journey while celebrating your child’s achievements along the way. We have gathered some Frequently Asked Questions to assist you in beginning this diagnosis and treatment process. Your role in this journey is critical – the earlier you start, the sooner we can find answers together. And start making a difference in your child’s life.
What is ABA therapy?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is a scientifically validated approach for treating those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ABA is the most widely used intervention endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, National Academies of Science, and the Surgeon General as the best practice for individuals with autism. ABA therapy at Behavioral Framework aims to increase behaviors and skills that promote learning and independence. ABA can improve language and communication, social skills, adaptive skills such as toilet training, dressing, feeding, and so much more. We work closely with your child and family while collaborating with teachers and other therapists to provide the most holistic treatment model.
How do I know if ABA is right for my child?
ABA is the only research-supported treatment for improving the behavior of children with autism. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 identified Applied Behavior Analysis as the only scientific-based practice that meets the qualifications of reliably yielding positive results when applied in the approved manner. Plus, ABA is the only therapy for autism endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General. According to The National Academic Press to achieve the best results, ABA therapy should begin as soon as the diagnosis is received. Talk to your child’s doctors about ABA therapy.
Does my child need a doctor’s diagnosis to receive therapy?
Yes, your child will need a comprehensive diagnostic assessment to confirm an autism diagnosis to receive covered therapy. Your insurance provider is your best resource to help you find a medical professional to complete this assessment. Qualified diagnostic experts may include a developmental pediatrician, neurologist, or psychologist.
My child has a diagnosis; what should I do next?
Start by calling our office. During this call, we begin by gathering information about your child to understand better how we can best support you. Then, an assessment is scheduled. We will also inform you of any required paperwork and verify your insurance.
What should I expect during an assessment?
During your assessment, one of our clinicians will do various things to get detailed information about your child and family. This can include asking questions to gather information, observation, and direct testing. Next, an individualized treatment plan will be written. Once written, you will receive a follow-up call from our team to discuss your child’s assessment results and recommended treatment hours.
What happens after the assessment?
After the assessment, we work to identify your child’s clinical team. When it comes to identifying a therapist to work directly with your child, we do our very best to accommodate all your preferences. Once we have determined that team, you will hear from your BCBA, who will talk you through the first days, weeks, and months of therapy.
What should I expect on my first day?
Relationships are key to successful ABA therapy. During your initial therapy sessions, our staff works diligently on developing special bonds with your child (and your family) so that your child is excited to work with our clinicians. Our clinicians are also there to talk through your child’s treatment and answer any questions you may have.
How are sessions structured?
You should expect to see a variety of teaching strategies used across a variety of settings (home, community) during therapy sessions. We understand that your child has their own unique way of interacting with themselves and those around them, and we want to make sure that everything we teach your child is meaningful based on the people they live with and in the environment they reside. Our goal is to structure sessions that promote engagement and learning to teach skills that enhance your child’s life.
How do I know if my child is benefitting from ABA therapy?
Our clinicians have intensive data collection methods that can provide you with updates towards each treatment goal. We provide you with progress updates, but you can also ask questions at any time. Your feedback is very important to us, which is why you will receive a survey at least twice a year related to your child’s progress and your happiness with treatment. Most importantly, you should begin to see meaningful change in your child over time.
How often does ABA therapy occur?
ABA therapy is most effective with intensive treatment, ranging from 10-40 hours per week. Once your child’s recommended treatment hours are determined and agreed upon, a schedule is set that makes up those hours. The plan may range anywhere from 4-5 days a week, for 3-6 hours per session.
What’s a parent’s role in ABA therapy?
A teammate. An advocate. An expert on your child. We encourage parent involvement every step of the way, and we understand and respect that you know your child more than anyone. We work as a team to reach the greatest possible outcomes, and parent involvement is a critical component of your child’s success. As part of our collaboration, we provide you with the training and education in the areas needed to assist with your child’s success.
What services do you provide?
- 1:1 direct therapy
- Communication training
- Social skills training
- Toilet training
- Feeding programs
- Daily living skills training
- Behavior management
- Family training
- Coordination of Care with your child’s medical/educational team
What is the cost? How do I know if ABA therapy is covered by my insurance?
We place a call to your insurance provider during the assessment process to confirm your coverage for ABA therapy. Additionally, our team can explain the benefits and patient cost-share (e.g., copays, co-insurance, deductibles, and out-of-pocket maximums).
What makes Behavioral Framework unique?
Behavioral Framework’s mission is high-quality care and the greatest outcomes for every client we serve. We are 1 of 4 providers across the United States to earn a 3-year Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE) accreditation and telehealth accreditation. Behavioral Framework is also a member of the Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP). Those two things alone ensure we meet rigorous treatment standards through evidence-based care. Most importantly, we focus on ways we can come together to support your child. We value your input and feedback, and we are dedicated to making your experience with therapy a positive one in every way possible.