It is recommended that you first voice your concerns with your child’s pediatrician. The doctor then should determine if further testing or a neuropsychological evaluation is needed.
It is encouraged that you contact your insurance company to choose a provider that is appropriate and applicable to your policy for that type of testing.
After a visit to your pediatrician, contact your local community mental health department (CMH). Their representatives will take you through the next steps on how to receive an evaluation.
We recommend that you contact your insurance and see what providers are in network?
Applied Behavior Analysis is a scientific approach to improving and understanding behavior that is socially important. The practice of ABA involves observation by a Behavior Analyst, who will develop individualized treatment plans for each client based on the principles of behavior. At the Center for Autism, we seek to understand the function of each of our client’s behaviors that are socially significant and decreasing any behaviors that might interfere with the learning process.
The intensity of ABA therapy for each child is based off the recommendation from the neuropsychological evaluation, as well as the initial assessment by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. The hours can vary contingent on the child, but the average amount of hours recommended is approximately 20 per week.
The VB-MAPP (Verbal Behavior Milestones and Placement Program) assessment is a criterion-referenced tool, curriculum guide, and skill tracking system based on the principles of applied behavior analysis. It is used by a BCBA to assess the child’s abilities, potential language or learning barriers, and be a guide to frame the child’s programming to fit their individualized needs.
After your child starts therapy, we encourage you to observe a part of his/her session. These are usually offered during the first treatment review meeting, but can be scheduled with the BCBA on an ongoing basis. Two of our therapy rooms have observation windows. This gives you the unique opportunity to observe your child’s session in-progress, without interrupting the session by walking in the room. The BCBA will observe with you and will explain the session as well as answer questions you may have.