You’ve got questions. That’s normal. Here are a few that we’ve been asked before.
My child doesn’t have a diagnosis of autism, but I think they’d benefit from intensive early intervention. What do I do?
Call us. We’d love to chat with you and answer any questions you have. There is NO substitute for solid early intervention services. This is why we at Choice Autism Center feel strongly about our clinic-based services. We have structured our environment to ensure your child is getting the most out of every second of their day. A supervising licensed board-certified analyst is always on staff to oversee and answer questions. We can refer you to a licensed clinical psychologist for a full evaluation if you feel your child has some of the signs of autism.
Do you provide home-based services?
Yes! However, we will recommend placement (home, community, clinic, or a hybrid) based on your child's specific needs. Prior to opening our ABA clinics, we provided strictly home-based services. It wasn’t until we started providing early intensive clinic-based services that we realized that the strictly home-based service delivery model was doing our clients a disservice. Our clinic-based clients progressed through goals much faster than our home-based clients. We were able to really address the often-neglected social skills needs of our clients with autism through structured scheduling in the clinic that we were not able to address in homes. We were able to provide a more robust platform for language acquisition in our clinics as well. We’d welcome the chance to schedule an initial consultation with you, at no charge, to show you our space and answer any additional questions you have.
My child attends a private elementary school but needs more intensive support. Do you provide intensive support in a private school setting?
Yes! We’d welcome the opportunity to work with your child’s school to provide the support your child needs to access the curriculum and become a successful student.
Do you offer Social Skills Groups?
Yes! We create these groups for our existing clients as part of their comprehensive programming. We've found social skills groups are most beneficial to our clients when they supplement direct one on one therapy.
My child is getting ABA therapy with another provider, but we want to switch. What do we need to do?
Please contact our insurance specialists at (800) 503-4150 or fill out our prospective client form and one of them will reach out to you to help you with your next steps. Each insurance company operates a little differently and our insurance specialists can give specific information related to your company.
Will you help my child with potty-training?
YES! Potty-training is a skill we have experience teaching. We will do intensive training at the clinic and give you the tools you need to continue that training at home.
My main concern is my child’s speech, can ABA help with that?
Of course! From Functional Communication Training to Verbal Behavior to shaping articulation, ABA is effective at improving speech and language.
Can I participate or contribute to my child’s therapy?
We want, and expect, you to participate in your child's therapy! You are an important member of your child's treatment team. Through parent meetings and training, we will help you learn to apply at home the same techniques we use in the clinic so that your child uses their new skills at home, too.
Are your analysts Board Certified?
Yes, our analysts are all Board Certified Behavior Analysts. Our technicians are all Registered Behavior Technicians.
How many hours per week of therapy does my child need?
This is hard to answer before meeting your child and completing the initial assessment. Your analyst will use information from you and from observing and interacting with your child during the initial assessment to determine an appropriate level of care that reflects your child's needs.
What age range do you serve?
Our clinics are designed to meet the unique needs of early learners. We provide ABA therapy for children beginning as soon as they are diagnosed with autism as young as 18 months through 12 years.
What should I bring to my initial assessment?
Typically, we will already have a lot of information from you before you come to the initial assessment appointment. If you have additional reports or information you feel would help us get to know your child better, bring those with you. Also, if your child has a comfort item or favorite toy, that should come with you, too!
My child is non-verbal and goes to speech. Shouldn't speech be a priority over ABA?
ABA is the most researched treatment for autism and has been proven to be the most effective treatment for autism. When deciding where to invest time, energy, and resources, ABA is the most proven way to increase socially significant behavior, including speech and language, for children with autism.
How can we get started?
Fill out this form and someone will be in contact with you soon! Or call us at 800-503-4150.
What is the timeline from benefit verification to initial assessment?
We share your sense of urgency when you come to us and are ready to begin ABA therapy. We have worked hard to develop a streamlined process for our families. For your convenience, much of the paperwork involved with getting started can be completed online from the comfort of your home. We will maintain an open line of communication with you so that you are kept informed of where we are in the processand what comes next.
What will my out of pocket expenses be?
Before beginning services, we will verify your insurance benefits and will tell you what your out of pocket expenses will be. This varies from insurance plan to insurance plan.
Is your clinic set up with individual therapy rooms for one-on-one opportunities with the analysts?
Our clinics have individual learning areas and group interaction areas. We love showing off our clinics to families who are interested in therapy with Choice Autism Center. Give us a call at 800-503-4150 and we will connect you with a clinic director to give you a tour.
What is incidental training and how does it differ from discrete trail training?
Applied behavior analysis uses the principals of learning to teach socially significant behaviors, meaning important skills that make a difference in people's lives. We use a broad range of evidence-based techniques that are proven to be effective. These techniques include incidental teaching, discrete trial training, pivotal response training, and many more. Incidental teaching is when we capture or contrive learning opportunities by setting up the learning environment to most likely prompt a child to engage in an activity or use a new skill. Discrete trial training is when we break larger skills down into their component skills, teaching those skills bit by bit.
I do not have insurance coverage, what are my options now?
The type of plan you have will determine the best course of action. First, talk to your HR benefits department to determine if you have a fully-funded or self-funded insurance plan. If your insurance plan is fully-funded and underwritten in a state that mandates applied behavior analysis therapy for autism, you should have coverage. If it is self-funded, talk to your HR/benefits department about getting ABA benefits added to your plan. Feel free to contact us and we can help you navigate further.
What insurance do you accept?
We are in-network with and accept most commercial insurance plans as well as Medicaid and Tricare. Fill out our prospective client form and one of our insurance specialists will reach back out to you with your insurance plan's benefit information and your out of pocket costs for ABA.
Still looking for answers?
Didn’t find exactly what you are looking for? Contact us and we will be happy to assist you.