What do we do for you?
The Applied Behavior Center for Autism is a full service center. This means that we complete all the necessary insurance authorizations, re-authorizations, billing, and forms. In addition, we submit all the billing forms and handle issues concerning payment mistakes that may arise. These services are provided to our families, so that they can spend more time with their child and less time worrying about these issues.
All necessary therapy materials and equipment are provided at no additional cost to students or their families. We also cover the cost of community outings and other socialization activities as well as transportation to the locations in our buses. We have this available for children within home programs, so that they may participate in socialization and community outings with other peers.
What does the Program Consist of?
We assess every child using the appropriate assessment(s) that covers multiple skill areas including language and communication, socialization, behavior, and other developmental areas. We will provide you with the findings of this assessment and create an individual treatment plan that fits your individual child's needs. All of our programs are individualized to each specific child. One of our Master’s or Ph.D. level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) will work with you, your child, and your child's therapist(s) on a regular basis to ensure that the highest quality program is provided to your child.
In addition, one of our ten Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) will oversee your child's therapist(s) and your child's home program to assure progress, training of therapist(s), and support to the staff and you on an ongoing basis. Each full time child will have two therapists. This is done to ensure generalization of skills by the student and ensures that at least one of the student’s therapists will be with the child, even if the other therapist may be out sick or on vacation. We have multiple extra full time therapists available to provider therapy in the event of a therapist's absence.
Within our program we work on teaching new language skills, which increase communication skills, reduce problematic behavior, increase socialization skills, and increase learning skills. Our program operates on a 1:1 ratio; however we also offer access to social and community outings with other peers. We provide and have the highest standards for therapists of any company in the state as all therapists hired have to have at least a bachelor’s degree and go through a systematic ABA and Verbal Behavior training program. Additional trainings that all staff possess include First Aid, CPR, Professional Crisis Management (PCM), speech, precision teaching, social skills training, and various other applicable trainings.
What makes our Program Different?
The Applied Behavior Center for Autism is committed to providing the highest quality therapy and consulting programs. We do this by being the only ABA center in Indiana to provide the following services to our families and at no additional charge:
· Insurance authorizations, reauthorizations, billing, and claim issues
· Transportation available for social and community outings and events
· Ten Full Time Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) on Staff
· Three Full Time SLP-CCC and SLP-A on Staff
· All therapy materials are provided
Is my child a candidate?
Our program is available for children ages 2 and up with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, which includes Asperger’s Syndrome and PDD-NOS. We take children on an ongoing basis, so they may begin services at any point in the year as each program is individually created for your child. Our program is created for the benefit of children and their families, so there are no prerequisites; however our team will schedule a placement evaluation with each child and determine which placement will be beneficial. We work with a variety of different children and approach each child's treatment with the individual attention that it needs and deserves.
How much therapy does my child need?
The length of a child's program is dependent upon the individual child. However, most children within our therapy programs receive between 20-40 hours of therapy a week and 8-20 hours of ABA/Behavior consulting services per month. This amount of treatment is proven by research and recommended by both the U.S. Surgeon General and The Academy of Pediatrics to be the most effective amount of intervention.
Does the program address social skills development?
Social skills are addressed systematically throughout the program beginning with one-to-one peer interactions, then small groups, later moving to more advanced social skills groups. Each child's social skills goals and treatment time are increased as they progress.
What is a Typical Day?
Each therapy session is comprised of periods of instruction including language, social, behavior, learning, and daily living skills interspersed with reinforcement and daily activities. The specific needs of your child, based upon the data and assessment, will be addressed throughout the day. Each child receives 30 minutes for lunch.
Do I need consultation from an ABA expert?
To be effective, ABA and Verbal Behavior Therapy must be delivered by individuals with extensive training in the methods, under the ongoing supervision of professionals who have had advanced training and experience in ABA principles and methods, such as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). All of our programs are overseen by one of our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA). Please note that many providers may not have the qualifications that we strive to provide to the children and families that we serve. Please also be cautious and be sure to ask about the experience, education, background, and qualifications of therapy and behavioral staff from providers. It is also important to note that many people may claim to provide ABA services that only have a few brief days of attending an ABA seminar or basic introductory training.
Beginning a child's Program?
Programs are individually based on the child’s skill level. Baseline data is taken from the formalized assessments, direct observation, past assessments, and input from parents. All of this information is gathered to create an Individual Treatment Plan (ITP) and Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP), if necessary. In addition, a data book is created for each child that tracks their progress during our program. Parental input is essential to develop and maintain a successful program. Input from parents is always welcome and we maintain the understanding that "A parent will always know their child better than anyone else." In addition, a daily sheet covering what your child did in the areas of language, socialization, learning, behavioral, and daily living issues are created daily.
What are Parents Responsible for?
Each parent will need to provide the lunch and snack foods, due to any special dietary conditions or allergies. They will also have to provide a specific therapy area within their home. Each parent is also responsible for being present at the end of the pre-determined therapy period.
How do we get started or get more information?
If you would like more information or would like to speak with a staff member regarding our services, please click on the Inquiry tab. Once you have submitted your inquiry form, one of our staff will contact you. If you would like to tour our facility, please fill out the inquiry form or contact our enrollment specialist at 317-849-5437, ext. 112 or firstname.lastname@example.org.