Frequently Asked Questions

We understand you have many questions. What exactly is Autism? Did I somehow cause this? What is ABA? We can help guide you in your journey to better understand your next steps.

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand you have many questions. What exactly is Autism? Did I somehow cause this? What is ABA? We can help guide you in your journey to better understand your next steps.

We Accept Most Insurance Providers

*in select states

Questions About Our Services

How will ABA therapy help my child?
ABA therapy will address the developmental needs identified during an initial assessment of your child’s abilities across language, social and behavioral domains. An individualized teaching plan will be created to target any area of need, but common goals include learning to ask for help, learning to follow classroom instructions, and how to use language across a variety of settings.
Other important target areas of ABA include social skills, play skills, potty training, self-care skills (brushing teeth, washing hands, etc.), and day-to-day living skills (independently getting dressed, following safety instructions, etc.).
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.
When is the best time for my child to begin ABA therapy?

Simply stated: the earlier, the better.

Plenty of clinical research has demonstrated that children who start ABA therapy as early as possible (~2 years old) make the most significant improvements. We serve children on the autism spectrum from 18 months to 14 years and offer personalized programming for their unique needs. Therapy program options may differ based on clinic. Please reach out directly to a clinic near you.

Does ABA therapy work for Autism?

Simple answer:  Yes.

More complex answer:  Every child is different, and some children might show more significant gains than others. Studies have shown that some children with autism receiving two or more years of intensive behavioral intervention have been virtually indistinguishable from their neurotypical peers.  There are hundreds of studies supporting the effectiveness of ABA therapy, and federal and state agencies, as well as insurance companies, cover this therapy.

 

 

 

Does ABA Therapy Mean My Child is “Stuck” at a Table All Day Repeating the Same Tasks?

No way! ABC strives to create an engaging environment for learning. While sitting at a table may be a developmental goal (especially if we’re aiming for school) there are so many other skills on which to focus. We use two ABA methods of “training,” Discrete Trail Training (DTT) and Natural Environment Training (NET). DTT is set in an individualized space, that involves therapist led floor play, table work, matching and more. NET is set in a large exciting play space where kiddos lead the way and therapists work alongside them on appropriate play, name recognition, sharing, motor skills and more.

Not only that, but our centers involve ‘Eats and Craft’ spaces that are used daily. Circle Time is also a daily activity based on age and/or communication levels where therapists, BCBAs and kiddos alike can be caught singing, laughing, and learning together. Each center also has the autonomy to introduce fun therapist lead activities like group exercise or stimulus rooms. There is a wide variety of techniques and methods used in ABA.

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 their skills and overcome their barriers to learning, but time is precious. Research supports that a child who begins therapy between 2-5 years old, while still in the traditional “brain development” stage, will have a higher likelihood of achieving full developmental capability than a child that starts therapy at a much later age. There’s no strict rule of thumb on age, but research supports starting therapy as early as possible.

Do you use any other methodologies besides ABA?

Action Behavior utilizes evidence-based methods within the scope of behavior analysis provided by Board Certified Behavior Analysts. We also collaborate with other disciplines including psychology, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy.

How are Parents Involved?

Families and guardians are an essential part of any ABA therapy program and need to be active in the treatment process. Family Guidance is a core part of what we do at ABC. We require biweekly sessions between guardians and their dedicated BCBA in which there are continued discussions and teachings on how to generalize what’s being done during center hours to their lives at home and in the community.

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 Centers, we view these providers as valuable resources and supplemental therapy options when appropriate. If your child is receiving speech or occupational services from another provider, we seek to collaborate with them in order to provide a comprehensive treatment plan.

Does my child have to have a formal autism diagnosis to get treatment?

Children are not required to have a diagnosis for treatment but children are required to have a formal diagnosis in order to receive coverage from insurance providers.  Insurance coverage is required for treatment at Action Behavior Centers.

Questions About Our Services

How will ABA therapy help my child?
ABA therapy will address the developmental needs identified during an initial assessment of your child’s abilities across language, social and behavioral domains. An individualized teaching plan will be created to target any area of need, but common goals include learning to ask for help, learning to follow classroom instructions, and how to use language across a variety of settings.
Other important target areas of ABA include social skills, play skills, potty training, self-care skills (brushing teeth, washing hands, etc.), and day-to-day living skills (independently getting dressed, following safety instructions, etc.).
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.
When is the best time for my child to begin ABA therapy?
Simply stated: the earlier, the better.

Plenty of clinical research has demonstrated that children who start ABA therapy as early as possible (~2 years old) make the most significant improvements. We serve children on the autism spectrum from 18 months to 14 years and offer personalized programming for their unique needs. Therapy program options may differ based on clinic. Please reach out directly to a clinic near you.

Does ABA therapy work for Autism?

Simple answer:  Yes.

More complex answer:  Every child is different, and some children might show more significant gains than others. Studies have shown that some children with autism receiving two or more years of intensive behavioral intervention have been virtually indistinguishable from their neurotypical peers.  There are hundreds of studies supporting the effectiveness of ABA therapy, and federal and state agencies, as well as insurance companies, cover this therapy.

 

 

 

Does ABA Therapy Mean My Child is “Stuck” at a Table All Day Repeating the Same Tasks?

No way! ABC strives to create an engaging environment for learning. While sitting at a table may be a developmental goal (especially if we’re aiming for school) there are so many other skills on which to focus. We use two ABA methods of “training,” Discrete Trail Training (DTT) and Natural Environment Training (NET). DTT is set in an individualized space, that involves therapist led floor play, table work, matching and more. NET is set in a large exciting play space where kiddos lead the way and therapists work alongside them on appropriate play, name recognition, sharing, motor skills and more.

Not only that, but our centers involve ‘Eats and Craft’ spaces that are used daily. Circle Time is also a daily activity based on age and/or communication levels where therapists, BCBAs and kiddos alike can be caught singing, laughing, and learning together. Each center also has the autonomy to introduce fun therapist lead activities like group exercise or stimulus rooms. There is a wide variety of techniques and methods used in ABA.

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 their skills and overcome their barriers to learning, but time is precious. Research supports that a child who begins therapy between 2-5 years old, while still in the traditional “brain development” stage, will have a higher likelihood of achieving full developmental capability than a child that starts therapy at a much later age. There’s no strict rule of thumb on age, but research supports starting therapy as early as possible.

Do you use any other methodologies besides ABA?

Action Behavior utilizes evidence-based methods within the scope of behavior analysis provided by Board Certified Behavior Analysts. We also collaborate with other disciplines including psychology, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy.

How are Parents Involved?

Families and guardians are an essential part of any ABA therapy program and need to be active in the treatment process. Family Guidance is a core part of what we do at ABC. We require biweekly sessions between guardians and their dedicated BCBA in which there are continued discussions and teachings on how to generalize what’s being done during center hours to their lives at home and in the community.

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 Centers, we view these providers as valuable resources and supplemental therapy options when appropriate. If your child is receiving speech or occupational services from another provider, we seek to collaborate with them in order to provide a comprehensive treatment plan.

Does my child have to have a formal autism diagnosis to get treatment?

Children are not required to have a diagnosis for treatment but children are required to have a formal diagnosis in order to receive coverage from insurance providers. Insurance coverage is required for treatment at Action Behavior Centers.

Questions About Action Behavior

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?

We serve children on the autism spectrum from 18 months to 13 years and offer personalized programming for their unique needs. Therapy program options may differ based on the clinic. Please reach out directly to a clinic near you.

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.
Do you offer parent training?
Yes. Parental involvement in treatment is crucial for any child who is enrolled at Action Behavior Centers. . All caregivers or parents with children in our program will participate in recurring Family Guidance sessions to ensure you are receiving the necessary support to help your child progress.
I want to bring my child to the center, but they attend school during the day. I know they need ABA therapy, but doesn’t Texas law say that if they are over six years old they have to be in school?

In 2009, Texas 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 Action Behavior

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?

We serve children on the autism spectrum from 18 months to 13 years and offer personalized programming for their unique needs. Therapy program options may differ based on the clinic. Please reach out directly to a clinic near you.

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.
Do you offer parent training?
Yes. Parental involvement in treatment is crucial for any child who is enrolled at Action Behavior Centers. . All caregivers or parents with children in our program will participate in recurring Family Guidance sessions to ensure you are receiving the necessary support to help your child progress.
I want to bring my child to the center, but they attend school during the day. I know they need ABA therapy, but doesn’t Texas law say that if they are over six years old they have to be in school?

In 2009, Texas 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 help you navigate the insurance process. Read more about Insurance.

How Expensive is ABA Therapy?

ABA therapy is covered by most private health insurance plans. And ABC is in-network with the largest health insurance plans in Texas, Arizona and Colorado. ABC’s Operations Managers and insurance teams will check your insurance eligibility. We’ll help you understand your insurance coverage and Patient Responsibility (out of pocket cost). Let us do the heavy lifting! Learn more about Insurance Funding.

Will I be required to pay a co-pay like I do at the doctor’s office?

All clients of insurance companies we work with (Blue Cross Blue Shield, etc.) will need to pay any applicable co-pays and co-insurance. During the admissions process, we’ll provide a fee schedule with an estimate of your expected out-of-pocket expense for ABA therapy. Our experience working with insurance companies will allows us to help you understand what to expect regarding your deductible, maximum out-of-pocket expense, and co-pays.

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 help you navigate the insurance process. Read more about Insurance.

How Expensive is ABA Therapy?

ABA therapy is covered by most private health insurance plans. And ABC is in-network with the largest health insurance plans in Texas, Arizona, Colorado and Illinois. ABC’s Operations Managers and insurance teams will check your insurance eligibility. We’ll help you understand your insurance coverage and Patient Responsibility (out of pocket cost). Let us do the heavy lifting! Learn more about Insurance Funding.

Will I be required to pay a co-pay like I do at the doctor’s office?

All clients of insurance companies we work with (Blue Cross Blue Shield, etc.) will need to pay any applicable co-pays and co-insurance. During the admissions process, we’ll provide a fee schedule with an estimate of your expected out-of-pocket expense for ABA therapy. Our experience working with insurance companies will allows us to help you understand what to expect regarding your deductible, maximum out-of-pocket expense, and co-pays.