FAQ’s

What about school?

All children in the state of Texas with an ASD diagnosis are excused from public school to attend ABA therapy with a school excuse note from the clinic.

References:

Two to Ten Years: Developmental Trajectories of Joint Attention in Children With ASD Who Received Targeted Social Communication Interventions.

Autism Research

Volume 7, Issue 2, April 2014, Pages: 207-215, Amanda C. Gulsrud, Gerhard S. Hellemann, Stephanny F.N Freeman and Connie Kasari

Article first published online: 18 FEB 2014, DOI: 10.1002/aur.1360

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD). Retrieved July 8, 2014, from

http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/treatment.html

Should I continue supplemental therapies?

BTLC’s comprehensive program will cover the skill sets other therapies such as speech and occupational/physical therapy will cover. We do not recommend one way or the other as this is the families’ decision on whether to continue supplemental therapies. If you choose to continue supplemental therapies we encourage communication between all therapists to ensure continuity.

Will my insurance pay for this treatment?

Yes, most major insurance companies will offer ABA coverage for those children who have an ASD diagnosis. Every plan is different and we can verify your insurance coverage for you.

What are the credentials of ABA staff?

All Behavior TLC employees are credentialed by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, the international governing body of behavior analysts, or they are pursuing BACB credentials.

BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst)-therapist must complete a master’s degree, 1500 hours of supervised experience, and pass an exam

BCaBA (Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst)-therapist must complete a bachelor’s degree, 1000 hours of supervised experience, and pass an exam

RBT (Registered Behavior Technician)-therapist must have a high school diploma, complete 40 hour training course with BCBA supervision, and pass an exam.

What behavior intervention techniques can I expect to be used?

Behavior TLC follows the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s code of Ethics which states that positive reinforcement will always be the first form of intervention. We do not use nor condone any harmful punishment techniques.

What environment is better, home-based or clinic-based?

Behavior TLC recommends clinic-based intervention whenever possible. Of course, there are cases where the child is not appropriate for the clinic due to behavior, medical fragility, or age. The clinic-based program offers greater supervision for the child as well as staff, better opportunities for generalization of skills, and more frequent progress tracking which results in a higher learning rate.

What is the best age to start Applied Behavior Analysis?

Research shows that the earlier the intervention begins the better the results. The greatest gains are made with children who start intervention prior to their 5th birthday. However, behavioral interventions have been shown to be effective for all individuals with autism, regardless of age. It is never too late or too early to begin making progress.