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Immediate availability – NO WAIT LIST!
Center-Based, At-Home and After School Therapy.
Serving children 18 months to 14 years old.

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Meet your local Physician Liaisons HERE!

Physician Portal

Immediate availability – NO WAIT LIST!
Center-Based, At-Home and After School Therapy.
Serving children 18 months to 14 years old.
Further Questions?
Meet your local Physician Liaisons HERE!

We Accept Most Insurance Providers

*in select states

We Accept Most Insurance Providers

*in select states

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May 2022

May 2022

Monthly Message - May 2022 In an analysis of 2018 data from nearly a dozen states, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that among 8-year-olds, 1 in 44 had been diagnosed with autism. That rate compares with 1 in 54 identified with...

March 2022

March 2022

Monthly Message - March 2022 What Does A Typical Day of ABA Therapy Look Like?One of the most common questions we get asked by both parents and healthcare providers alike is "What does a typical day of ABA therapy look like?" At every Action Behavior Centers location,...

February 2022

February 2022

Monthly Message - February 2022   Referring to ABC is as Easy as 1, 2, 3! At Action Behavior Centers, our mission is to enable children on the spectrum reach their highest potential and achieve developmental milestones through evidence-based practice. Our clinical...

Frequently Asked Questions
About ABA Therapy

From the Clinical Team at Action Behavior Centers

Is ABA Proven?

Yes. Dozens, if not hundreds, of published, peer-reviewed studies have examined ABA for more than 3 decades. High-quality, intensive, evidence-based ABA interventions have helped 40-50% of diagnosed children to return to mainstreamed classrooms (Helt et al., 2008, Lovaas, 1987). Meta-analyses confirm reliable change in IQ and adaptive behavior from ABA, with intensity in hours predicting the level of gain.

Does Insurance Pay for ABA Therapy?

Yes, private insurance pays for ABA therapy with no cap on benefits. Forty hours of therapy a week can be provided at a limited cost to the family for children up to age 10 with Autism Spectrum Disorder as the primary diagnosis.

What Insurance Plans Do We Accept?

We accept all major private health insurance. Medicaid does not provide any coverage for ABA therapy at this time, but this may change in the next year or two.

How About Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy?

We are strong believers in a comprehensive approach to a child’s developmental needs. Our ABA curriculum is customized to incorporate many aspects of ST and OT. Many children on the spectrum are non-verbal and will benefit from ABA’s approach to language. Speech therapy is beneficial for children who already have the vocal ability but struggle with fluency and articulation. ABA therapy focuses on teaching different functions of language that are key for teaching a non-verbal child how to communicate. Occupational therapy addresses motor deficits, adaptive skills, and sensory issues for children with ASD. These areas can be addressed in ABA as well and also teach coping strategies for children with severe sensory processing issues. In the case of severe physical impairments, OT offers a unique and indispensable approach.

Some Pediatricians Refer Patients with a High M-CHAT Score only to Neurology. Why Change?

Specialists are essential in cases where a differential diagnosis may be suspected and the etiology of a child’s delay is especially complex. However, the DSM-5 criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder is often clearly met even when comorbidities are present.

Some Pediatricians Refer Patients with a High M-CHAT Score only to Neurology. Why Change?

Specialists are essential in cases where a differential diagnosis may be suspected and the etiology of a child’s delay is especially complex. However, the DSM-5 criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder is often clearly met even when comorbidities are present.

A high M-CHAT score followed by an ADOS-2 driven analysis by an experienced BCBA/ Pediatrician team at Action Behavior Centers can resolve the Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis and get ABA therapy started sooner for the child. Our perspective is that Neuro visits should not be canceled if they are appropriate, and they should be scheduled concurrently with a referral to Action Behavior Centers for a diagnostic assessment, diagnosis, and/ or ABA therapy.

Our Pediatrician consultant and BCBAs work collaboratively to look for signs of Rett, Williams, Tourette’s, Down syndrome, and Tuberous Sclerosis during our evaluation, and we maintain continuity of care with the referring pediatrician and neurologists, behavioral pediatricians, and geneticist. Our goal is to speed up a primary diagnosis for Autism Spectrum Disorder if appropriate, support additional diagnosis as applicable, and offer no delay ABA therapy while neuroplasticity is high in toddlers and young children.

 

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Texas Market

Austin Region Physician Liaisons

Regional PL Manager: Marisa Mellett

Miranda Jones 

Senior Physician Liaison | South Austin, TX

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Marisa Mellett 

Physician Liaison Manager | North Austin, TX

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Dallas/Fort Worth Region Physician Liaisons

Regional PL Manager: Marisa Mellett

Ashleigh Zouzalik

Physician Liaison | West DFW, TX

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Emily Shaver 

Physician Liaison | Central DFW, TX

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Marcela Tejada 

Senior Physician Liaison | East DFW, TX

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Houston Region Physician Liaisons

Regional Contact: Lindsey Hand, Senior PL

Lindsey Hand 

Senior Physician Liaison | South Houston, TX

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Julia Leffingwell 

Senior Physician Liaison | North Houston, TX

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San Antonio Region Physician Liaisons

Regional Contact: Lindsey Hand, Senior PL

Alyssa D. Perez 

Physician Liaison | NE San Antonio, TX

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Celeste Palacio 

Senior Physician Liaison | NW San Antonio, TX

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Arizona Market

Greater Phoenix Region Physician Liaisons

Regional PL Manager: Andrea Delgado

Raina Pearson

Physician Liaison | West Valley/Tucson, AZ

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Mary Furr 

Physician Liaison | East Valley, AZ

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Andrea Delgado 

Physician Liaison Manager | Central Valley, AZ

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Colorado Market

Greater Denver Region Physician Liaisons

Regional PL Manager: Andrea Delgado

Andrea Delgado 

Physician Liaison Manager | N. Denver & Fort Collins, CO

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Ashlee Yarrington 

Physician Liaison | S. Denver, CO

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Illinois Market

Greater Chicago Region Physician Liaisons

Regional PL Manager: Marisa Mellett

Meghan Alberson 

Physician Liaison | S. Chicago, IL

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David Negrete 

Physician Liaison | N. Chicago, IL

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