Frequently Asked Questions
What does a typical ABA therapy session look like?
Because it can work on such a wide variety of skills, ABA therapy will look very different from session to session. Our therapists are trained to use a variety of techniques and reinforces to keep the children engaged throughout the session. A successful session will rotate from the floor, to the table, to perhaps outside. Skills will initially be taught in a controlled setting but later move to a more natural environment for generalization. An effective ABA session will look dynamic and varied and will be filled with fun and learning.
Can ABA teach my child to talk?
The ability to effectively communicate is the core of all human interaction. Communication involves more than just talking. ABA programming is designed to teach children about the natural back and forth rhythm present in social communication. During our assessment period we will develop programs based on your child’s current communication abilities. Brick by brick the foundations of communication can be built with a successful ABA program. The end goal for some children will be verbal language, others will be sign language, PECS, a communication device, or a combination of methods.
How long does the intake meeting take?
The intake meeting lasts about 90 minutes and will include both an observation of the child and a parent interview. From there, board certified staff will develop an initial treatment plan for your child with behavior specific goals. Board Certified staff aim to complete the initial treatment plan within two weeks of the intake meeting.
Should both parents be present at the intake?
Ideally, yes both parents will be available for an intake, but we understand that families are busy so the at the very least one parent should be available.
How many hours of ABA therapy does my child need?
This varies greatly from client to client. After the intake meeting we will determine a schedule that will fit both the needs of your child and your family. Some children have intensive programs with multiple sessions per day while others have a few sessions per week to improve upon social skills. The number of hours will depend on your child’s individual needs.
Do I need to have a dedicated room for ABA?
A dedicated room is helpful but not necessary for a successful ABA program. The more control our team has over the environment, the quicker skills can be taught. So if a dedicated room is not available perhaps a quiet space with fewer distractions might work. This will also vary on a case by case basis. Whereas some clients can work in a loud messy space, others will be highly distracted. We will discuss therapy space at the intake meeting.
Do I need to purchase any supplies?
Beyond making use of your current toy supply, we do not require that you go out and purchase anything specific. Our therapists will bring any required supplies to the direct sessions. We just ask for a safe place to keep our binder with therapy notes and on-going data. This binder is how the different therapists communicate with each other regarding your child’s ABA programming on a daily basis.
Do you perform background checks on your employees?
Each employee is thoroughly screened with a criminal background check as well as a credit check. We also contact both personal and professional references.
What is a BCBA and BCaBA?
BCBA stands for Board Certified Behavior Analyst. In order to qualify for this title, you must obtain a Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis or a related field, complete 225 graduate classroom hours of instruction, complete 1500 hours of supervised independent fieldwork, pass a comprehensive examination, and complete continuing education.
BCaBA stands for Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. To qualify for this title you must obtain a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, take 135 classroom hours of practicum, complete 1000 hours of supervised independent fieldwork, pass a comprehensive examination, and complete continuing education.
What insurance do you take?
We are currently in network with:
o Blue Cross Blue Shield IL PPO
o Aetna PPO
o Dreyer Medical Group HMO
o Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
What if I don’t have insurance coverage?
As of right now, in the state of Illinois, individuals are able to purchase a child-only policy that covers ABA therapy. Please contact our administrative staff for a referral to an insurance broker who can help with obtaining this coverage.