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Common Questions

What is ABA Therapy?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a term to describe the application of scientifically proven interventions with individuals in order to modify behavior.

A functional behavior assessment will be completed, which will identify the reason your child is engaging in unwanted   behaviors, possible triggers, and areas where there may be skill deficits than can be contributing to the  problem. 

An individualized behavior intervention plan will be developed based on the findings of the assessment.  The behavior intervention plan will outline how to respond to the problem behaviors, make modifications to the environment, teach functional replacement skills, and set up a reward system. 

Behavior analysis is not a quick fix.  It  requires time, consistency, ongoing program adjustments, and communication between all caregivers. 

Do you take insurance?
We currently accept Medicaid, BCBS, Aetna, Cigna, Gardiner Scholarship and VPK SIS.   If you are interested in private pay, please contact us.

How can I get services for my child?
Private insurance: Your child must have an official autism diagnosis by a neurologist, developmental pediatrician, psychologist or psychiatrist.  You also need a script signed by a doctor for ABA therapy or Behavior Analysis, specifying the ICD 10 code F84.0 for autism.
Medicaid: If you have Medicaid, they also allow other mental health diagnoses. We will need a prescription from a Medicaid enrolled doctor for ABA therapy with the ICD 10 code for Autism or a mental health diagnosis (for example ADHD, Anxiety, ODD). You will need some documentation of the diagnosis in order to start services, and a diagnostic to be done within 6 months of starting service if you don't already have one. 
Once we receive the prescription and your child's insurance information, we will submit it for approval to do an assessment.  The assessment will highlight deficits, challenges, and parent's concerns.  Based on the assessment outcome, an individualized behavior intervention plan will be created with a recommendation of how many hours and submitted for approval for therapy. 
What is therapy like?

When services start, a behavior analyst and behavior technician will work with your child to increase skill deficits in the areas of communication, adaptive, social, and behavioral skills.  The behavior analyst will conduct parent training on ABA principles to help parents understand the reason behind the interventions, and to give you the tools you need to increase the success of consistency outside of sessions.  Parents are expected to be involved during sessions in the home and community.  Sessions may also take place in a daycare or school setting.  Therapy sessions usually occur several times per week.  Both the family and our team will collect data on problem behaviors, as well as replacement behaviors, to monitor progress.  The data will be graphed and reviewed with the family monthly. We also have a new Early Intervention clinic located in Winter Park as an option for our families.