FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS ABA?
ABA, or Applied Behavior Analysis, is an evidence-based, scientific approach to changing socially significant behavior. ABA is not a single process or intervention, but rather a collection of those based in behavioral science. ABA is well-known as a therapy for supporting those with Autism Spectrum Disorders, but is a practical approach in many settings with different populations.
A quality ABA therapy program will be data-driven, include clients and caregivers at every step of assessment and intervention, and include intensive oversight by a qualified professional. At EBG, we focus heavily on increasing functional skills as an essential component of addressing behavioral concerns. Additionally, we work to help clients, caregivers, and others form stronger relationships and gain independence.
WHO CAN IMPLEMENT ABA THERAPY?
ABA therapy programs should be developed and overseen by qualified individuals. Certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board is indication that a clinician has met minimal educational and experience/training standards in the field of behavior analysis. Those certified are ethically bound to practice with only populations and interventions for which they have been trained. You can learn more about the standards and ethical requirements, and locate certified professionals here.
At EBG, all clinicians providing assessment and plan development are Board Certified Behavior Analysts, and all direct implementers are Registered Behavior Technicians.
Generalization of skills is an essential component of effective ABA therapy. Therefore therapists, parents, family members, teachers, and others can be trained to implement behavior analytic programming with ongoing supervision from a qualified BCBA.
WHO CAN RECEIVE ABA THERAPY?
There are many answers to this question. ABA is best known as the most well researched intervention method to support those with Autism Spectrum Disorders. However, behavior analytic interventions have been successfully used in a variety of settings. Go here to learn more about the different subspecialty areas within ABA.
At EBG, we specialize in direct therapy and consultation of those with autism, ADHD, ODD, and emotional-behavioral disorders in home, community, and school settings. Although we currently serve ages birth to 7, we hope to expand services through age 21 soon.
I'VE HEARD ABA IS HARMFUL. IS THIS TRUE?
A quick Google search of this topic will lead to many perspectives on this issue. At EBG, we are passionate about delivering therapy in an ethical, nurturing, and supportive manner that centers our clients' needs and perspectives, celebrating inclusion, and embracing diversity. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have.
HOW MUCH DOES ABA THERAPY COST? WHO PAYS FOR IT?
Please reach out to us directly for our rates, as they differ based on the services that you are seeking.
Direct therapy services for focused or comprehensive therapy plans can be covered by insurance or private pay. School and community based services are paid for by school districts and agencies requesting support. In some cases, families may be able to qualify for grants or waivers to help offset therapy costs.
WHICH INSURANCES DO YOU ACCEPT?
We currently accept Medicaid, Peach State Health Plan, CareSource, Amerigroup, Aetna, and Anthem. Please reach out to verify that we are in-network with your specific plan.
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HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Families Seeking Individual Therapy or Consultation
Initial consultation: Please call us or send us a message here. We will reach out to you to learn more about your needs. If we determine we have the ability to support you and/or your child, we will help you verify insurance benefits and schedule an assessment.
Assessment: Completing a thorough assessment is a critical part of the therapy process. This is how we learn more about your child, their strengths and desires, and identify areas in which they could use more support. Assessment includes a mixture of reviewing records, observation, interviews with caregivers, and direct assessment. From the assessment we develop a detailed plan of care to help address critical skill areas, dangerous behaviors, or areas identified by the client for support.
Therapy: Once we complete the assessment (and in some cases secure an authorization from insurance), we move forward with therapy! Schedules and session flows will look different from client to client. Throughout therapy, we assess progress and make adjustments as needed on a continual basis.
School and Community Consultation
Initial Consultation: During initial consultation, we learn more about your consultation and/or training needs. If we feel that we can meet your needs, we move forward with contracting.
Contract and Standard Setting: We move forward with a contract that includes rates, scope of training/consultation, and ethical standards.
Training/Consultation: These services are carried out as agreed upon in the contract.