FAQs for ABC Therapy Clinics
What does ABC Therapy Clinics do?
ABA Therapy Clinics provide specialized treatment for children living with autism or developmental delays from ages 2 to 8 years old. Our program is individualized to each child within their own environment in order to maximize the potential of your child successfully progressing through the program. Weekly assessment of data ensures the most effective techniques are being used, and any lack of improvement is addressed in a timely manner.
The top services that we focus on as a top applied behavioral consulting center are:
- Occupational therapy
- Social skills
- Potty Training
- Feeding programs
- Caregiver Education and training
What health insurance do you take for autism services?
The Illinois Autism Insurance Mandate (2008) guarantees coverage for in-state, group policies. All of our clients receive benefits from their insurance company. The details, terms, and specific benefits are determined by your individual policy. We have a working relationship with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, Aetna, TriCare (military families), Anthem, Cigna, and United Behavioral Health, and provide insurance assistance for all of our patients.
What is your new autism therapy patient process like?
- Step 1: A prospective phone call to understand your needs and what you’re looking for help with
- Step 2: We develop a proposed therapy plan
- Step 3: Discuss the proposed plan typically in a face-to-face meeting, allowing us to formally introduce ourselves to the patient and caregivers we will be interacting with
- Step 4: Review insurance options together to make sure you are well supported throughout the entirety of the program
What does a typical ABA therapy session look like?
During the course of a typical two to three-hour session, many skills are targeted. The first 15-20 minutes of the session are used to set up and organize materials to create the most efficient environment possible. Our sessions are conducted in a way to maximize learning opportunities, and a majority of the session is spent working on specific skill deficit areas. The last 15-20 minutes are dedicated to putting away materials and organizing data that was collected during the session.
What does ABA therapy consist of?
ABA therapy has proven to be a successful treatment for children living with autism or developmental delays. Our program is individualized to each child within their own environment in order to maximize the potential of your child successfully progressing through the program. Weekly assessment of data ensures the most effective techniques are being used, and any lack of improvement is addressed in a timely manner.
What is ABA therapy?
ABA therapy is an effective and safe method of therapy for children with autism and developmental delays. ABA techniques can produce improvements in communication, social relationships, play, self-care, school, employment, and more that can help children and adults with autism live happy and productive lives. Specific ABA principles and techniques can foster basic skills such as looking, listening, and imitating, as well as complex skills such as reading and understanding.
Research suggests 20-40 hours per week of intensive one-on-one therapy provides the best results. The total weekly hours of ABA therapy received will vary depending on the child’s needs, scheduling availability, and insurance constraints.
What is Autism?
Autism is a developmental disorder/delay that is often associated with very specific characteristics. These characteristics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Progression in a developmentally typical way for the first 12-18 months of life.
- An often dramatic rapid loss in skills already learned at the formerly mentioned age.
- Inability to attain new skills in the natural environment.
- Little or no interest in social interactions with parents or siblings.
- Little or no ability to communicate with spoken language.
- Strong resistance to changes in routines or schedules.
- Spending large amounts of time stimulating oneself by engaging in repetitive, inappropriate behavior (i.e., turning a light on/off, playing with fingers or toes).
When is the best time to start ABA therapy?
The age at which our therapy will induce the most dramatic changes is 2 to 8 years old. This is due to 2 important factors:
- Habits are more easily formed at earlier ages
- Children’s brains are most malleable at this age, making learning much easier
- Establishing thought and behavior patterns early will continue to help them through the rest of their life
This is why ABC Therapy Clinics strongly encourage caregivers and parents to schedule an appointment or speak with a specialist as soon as possible to begin your child’s therapy journey.