Questions About Our Services
What is ABA Therapy?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the leading approach to improving the developmental deficiencies associated with autism. ABA therapy is likely able to improve the quality of life of your child and help them reach their full potential. Endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General, ABA therapy focuses on human behavior and is able to increase desirable behavior and minimize unwanted behaviors.
How will ABA therapy help my child?
ABA therapy will address developmental deficiencies that are identified during an assessment of your child’s functioning across dozens of areas. With children on the autism spectrum, these often include verbal communication ranging from the ability to speak in general to the ability and desire to request items, communicate their needs, commenting on things in their environment, and conversation with parents and peers. Non verbal communication like making gestures and understanding social cues can also be developed. Many areas of human development that neuro-typical children advance through with relative easy may involve substantial, intentional work for children on the autism spectrum. ABA therapy is the gold standard of approaches to achieve these developmental goals for these special kids.
ABA therapy is the gold standard for a clinically-validated and heavily researched approach to helping children with autism.
Do you use any other methodologies besides ABA?
Action Behavior supports the use of any evidence-based methods used for treatment within the scope of behavior analysis practice, but ABA therapy is our primary modality.
When I talk to providers about behavioral therapy, how do I figure out which methodology will provide the best help for my child?
The best strategy for any parent is to be thorough when evaluating autism therapy solutions, and to look for techniques that have stood the test of time and peer-review. Looking at methods that have been academically researched through peer-reviewed studies, and where no commercial interest is at stake is the hallmark of the modern research method. Applied Behavior Analysis has been researched for decades and no other form of therapy for autism spectrum disorder has so much good evidence of success. Many leading colleges and universities have entire departments devoted to ABA therapy training for masters and doctoral degree candidates.
Our doctor said that my child was a little slow in developing and that I should just wait. Is that ok?
It is possible that your child will develop in their skills and overcome their developmental deficiencies, but time in precious when it comes to overcoming the disabilities associated with autism. A child that begins therapy young (2-5 years old) while still in the traditional “brain development” stage will have a higher likelihood of achieving full developmental capability than someone that starts therapy at a much later age. There’s no strict rule of thumb on age other than starting early intervention as soon as possible. Getting an assessment from an autism specialist like Action Behavior Centers will provide a clear picture of the developmental delays that exist at this moment.
My child is getting help from other providers such as a Speech Therapist and/or an Occupational Therapist… isn’t that enough?
At Action Behavior, we view these providers as valuable resources, but not ones that necessarily provide the level of intensity necessary to impact a person diagnosed with Autism or another diagnoses on the Autism Spectrum. It is important that the determination of what amount or type of therapy is most effective for any client be determined on a case-by-case basis.
If your child is receiving services from another provider, we seek to partner with them in order to provide a comprehensive treatment plan.
Does my child have to have a diagnosis to get treatment?
Your child does not have to have a diagnosis for treatment, but they would need a diagnosis in order for you to seek benefits from an insurance provider.
Questions about Action Behavior
Are your employees Board Certified Behavior Analysts?
Action Behavior employs Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and RBT/RBT’s in Training who are completing their Bachelors and/or Masters Degrees in Behavior Analysis or a related discipline. The Behavior Analysis Certification Board requirements state that to become a BCBA a person must have obtained a Masters Degree.
What are your RBT/RBT’s in Training qualifications?
Our direct therapists are required to be completing their Bachelors Degree, to have completed their Bachelors Degree, or be pursuing a Masters Degree. The Behavior Analysis Certification Board requirements state that to become a BCBA a person must have obtained a Masters Degree.
Do you perform background checks on your RBT/RBT’s in Training?
Every employee of Action Behavior is required to complete and pass a variety of background checks, assessments, a multi-stage interview process, and reference checks.
What is the age range of children you serve?
Treatment Center Clients: 18 months to 10 years old
Is your therapy one-on-one with the children?
Therapy is one-on-one: one child, one therapist.
Do you have a summer program?
Our centers run year-round and our team carries out therapy in the summer months with additional fun & innovative activities. Your child will thrive in this environment and enjoy the benefits our program has to offer.
Do you offer parent training?
Yes. Parental involvement in treatment is crucial for any client who is participating at any of our Early Intervention Centers and for our Adult Clients where possible. All parents with children in our program will have recurring parent training meetings and several hours of online training videos.
I want to bring my child to the center, but they attend school during the day. Even though I know they need ABA therapy, doesn’t the law say that if they are over six years old they have to be in school?
In 2009 HB (House Bill) 192 was placed into effect which allows families who have children that are over 6 and enrolled in school to access services (off campus).
Does your company speak at community meetings, events, etc.?
We speak at community events throughout the year for a wide array of community organizations. If you would like to request a presentation please contact us.
I have more questions and would like to talk with someone on your clinical staff. Who should I contact?
If you would like to speak to someone regarding services, check out our contact page. The best way to reach us is by phone or by filling out our New Client Application.
Questions about Insurance
Will my insurance cover ABA therapy?
Each insurance plan is different and must be thoroughly evaluated to determine whether or not coverage for Applied Behavior Analysis is provided. Our staff is happy to navigate the insurance process and provide you with specific information on your plan’s benefits & eligibility. Read more about Insurance.
Are you in-network with any insurance companies?
We are a contracted in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield. We are in the process of becoming a network provider for additional networks, and would encourage you to contact us for the latest information.
If you are not in-network with my insurance company, do I have to wait in order to get insurance benefits?
You do not have to wait until we are in-network to begin services if you are willing to pay for services out of pocket and seek reimbursement from your insurance carrier independently.
My spouse is in the military. Are you approved with Tricare?
No, we are not at this time.
Do you take Medicaid?
At this time Action Behavior does not accept Medicaid. We are closely watching efforts in the Texas legislature that would seek funding for ABA therapy for children on the autism spectrum who use Medicaid / CHIP for their health insurance.
Do you take CHIPS?
CHIPS does not cover Applied Behavior Analysis services at the current time.
Can I just make a co-pay like I do at the doctor’s office?
For our clients that are subscribers of an insurance company with which we contracts (Blue Cross Blue Shield, etc), you will need to pay any co-pays and co-insurance required by your plan. We will find claims to your insurance carrier on your behalf.
During the admissions process, we’ll provide to you a fee schedule that will give an estimate of your expected out-of-pocket expense for ABA therapy. We will have checked with your insurance about eligibility and benefits levels so we’ll have good information to share with you, but ultimately the responsibility rests with the family whose child is receiving therapy. Our experience working with insurance companies will give you an advantage in understanding up front what your deductible, maximum out-of-pocket expense, and co-pays will be with some good level of certainty.
Most Americans don’t deal with health insurance as much as our staff does, and we are happy to share our knowledge for your advantage. The great news is that in Texas coverage for ABA therapy is mandated by state law for many health insurance plans offered in the state.