Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I suspect my child has autism?
Autism is characterized by difficulties with social interactions, communication challenges and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors. Please visit AutismSpeaks.org to learn the signs of autism. If you suspect that your child may have autism, please speak to your child’s pediatrician or family doctor immediately. You are your child’s biggest advocate, so please don’t hesitate to ask for an evaluation.
How are services funded?
Under the Indiana Autism Mandate, your insurance company may cover the cost of ABA therapy if your child is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Some insurance companies may also cover services for other special needs diagnoses as well, such as Down syndrome. We will work directly with your insurance company to determine the eligibility of coverage. If your plan does not cover ABA therapy, we will work with you to secure an insurance plan that will. Contact us today for more information.
How do I begin?
The first step is to reach out to us. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) will discuss with you your child’s specific challenges and how we may be able to help your child and family. Afterwards, we can set up a time to meet in person at our therapy center for a tour and further explain about our unique and highly effective approach to autism treatment.
How much ABA is enough?
Research supports between 25 to 40 hours per week of intensive ABA therapy. At Access Behavior Analysis, we individually assess each child’s needs to determine an appropriate schedule. Ultimately, ABA principles should be incorporated into the family’s daily activities to help increase the child’s success.
What is the role of the parent (caregiver) in an ABA program?
We believe parents and caregivers know their child best and provide the most insightful and essential information to help guide the direction of therapy. They play a vital role in their child’s treatment program—from helping create meaningful goals to reinforcing learned skills at home. That’s why parent training and support is an important focus at Access Behavior Analysis. While not required to be present during therapy sessions, Access Behavior Analysis strongly encourages careful, consistent involvement by parents and caregivers.
What qualifications do your therapists have?
All our therapists bring formal training in a related field, such as psychology, education, and early childhood development—or previous ABA experience. Additionally, we require each therapist to complete a minimum of 40 hours of classwork and shadowing prior to beginning therapy with a child. We also offer ongoing coaching and support by our BCBAs and support staff with extensive training and experience in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, as well as speech and other related sciences.
Do you provide diagnostic services?
Access Behavior Analysis does not provide diagnostic services at this time, but we’d be happy to refer you to a licensed professional who can provide a complete diagnostic evaluation.