Here at Innovative Behavior Options, we understand that parents have lots of questions. We’ve compiled a list of some of our most frequently asked questions to help parents get the answers they’re looking for, whether it’s about ABA Therapy, our services, and insurance coverage.
Our new center is a great therapeutic environment to help your child thrive and excel. We offer intensive ABA to homeschool children as well as preschool-aged children.
Who can provide a diagnosis?
A diagnosis comes from a Developmental Pediatrician or a Child Psychologist. Insurance only covers our services if the child has an autism diagnosis.
Do you do Private Pay therapy if my insurance doesn’t cover ABA or my child needs the help but doesn’t have a diagnosis?
We do offer Private Pay sessions, please inquire for rates.
What Insurance do you currently accept?
Humana, Aetna, BCBS, United Healthcare/Optum and Medicaid (forthcoming). (Please note: Insurance only covers ABA services if the child has an autism diagnosis.)
Will you be offering any additional activities outside of your regular services?
We will be offering private pay services for therapy as well as social skills, dance, yoga, and if there is enough interest, art classes.
How many therapist are assigned to my case?
A family will have a lead BCBA and one to two Registered Behavior Technicians that will carry out the therapy in your home.
About ABA Therapy
How does ABA work?
- It uses the principles of behavior to increase language and communication, improve attention, develop social skills, and decrease problem behaviors. It is individualized and adapted to each unique learner.
- ABA focuses on the A-B-Cs of behavior, meaning we look at what happens before, during, and after a behavior occurs in order to increase positive skills and decrease problematic or harmful behaviors.
Can ABA help teach adaptive/self help skills, not just academic skills?
Yes absolutely! ABA can be used to teach almost everything from social and communication skills, to teeth brushing and shoe-tying.
Is there evidence that ABA actually works?
ABA is acknowledged as an evidence-based best practice treatment by the US Surgeon General and by the American Psychological Association. “Evidence-based” means it has passed multiple scientifically rigorous tests of its usefulness, quality, and effectiveness.
Can ABA help me as a parent to provide better care for my child? Can it help me with handling my child’s behaviors as well?
Parent training is a fundamental component of ABA. Your clinicians will help teach you the best ways to help your child learn, as well as the best practices for handling problem behaviors. We ask that parents take an active role in their child’s therapy to create a “whole life” environment that is as supportive for the child as possible.
What does the ABA Therapy enrollment process look like?
We ask that parents first complete an intake form and reimbursement form, verify their insurance benefits, and then we will schedule an assessment. From there, our team will submit the assessment report with recommendations, and then we need authorization approval. (Once all the paperwork is submitted to IBO, the process can take up to 30 days to get the initial authorization from your insurance provider.) Next, we finalize schedule for therapy services based on what authorizations have been given and we line up our therapy team and we can get started with your child.
We understand that this can be an overwhelming process for parents and caregivers, and our team is happy to answer any questions you may have. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.