Learn with the Best ABA Clinic
Learn with the Best’s ABA Clinic is committed to helping individuals, who are diagnosed with Autism and other pervasive developmental disorders, reach their full potential. Our Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) has extensive training and experience in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Verbal Behavior (VB), functional language communication, and maintains a special education teaching license. This allows for sessions to be conducted using a multi-disciplinary approach. ABA Tutors and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) are highly qualified with experience in delivering services to individuals with Autism and related disabilities. The BCBA and RBTs / ABA Tutors work closely together to deliver high quality services to enhance the lives of children with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders.
Our ABA Clinic delivers services in a one-on-one and whole school environment. Sessions are held on the Learn with the Best School campus to allow for more opportunities for social interactions with peers and more exposure to language rich situations, while still maintaining 1:1 individualized and intensive services. All Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services are delivered by a team of ABA Tutors, Registered Behavior Technicians, and Board Certified Behavior Analysts under the supervision of a NC Licensed Psychologist / Licensed Psychologist Associate (LP / LPA).
Research indicates that clients receiving Applied Behavior Analysis services have better results, lead to quicker acquisition of skills, and retention of gained skills when receiving ABA therapy an average of 40 hours per week. ABA hourly recommendations are given based on the severity of the individual's skill deficits. Biggest gains in progress are made when the individual receives structured interventions throughout the day. The structured teaching environment is systematically manipulated to help a child remain successful and allowing new skills to be taught quickly. The purpose of an intensive ABA program is to allow a child with autism or a related disability to learn how to learn in the natural environment and ultimately catch up to his or her typically developing peers.
Individuals that have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down Syndrome (DS), mood disorders, and Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are eligible for Learn with the Best ABA services. Based on the new DSM V, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) covers disorders previously recognized as childhood autism, high-functioning autism, early infantile autism, Kanner’s autism, atypical autism, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified, childhood disintegrative disorders, and Asperger’s disorder. Services are also available for individuals that have behavioral issues and / or significant deficits in skill areas that impede their learning, communication, and / or ability to be a functional individual. Client ages will range from 2 to 12 years old.
The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning - Revised (ABLLS-R), the Assessment of Functional Living Skills, and the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) will be used to determine an individual's current levels and to create an intervention plan accordingly. Client specific goals will also be utilized to reduce maladaptive behaviors and increase functional skills, as the supervising BCBA sees necessary. The science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) will be utilized to increase or decrease the targeted skills for each client. A variety of additional teaching methods will be used in the instructional sessions, such as applied Verbal Behavior (VB), Natural Environment Teaching (NET), Discrete Trial Training (DTT), functional language communication, etc.
ABA Clinic Payment & Insurance Information:
Payments to Learn with the Best’s ABA Clinic will be paid out of pocket by the client by the 5th of every month. Payments can be made by cash, credit card or check (made out to Learn with the Best). Before any client services are delivered, a plan of care / treatment plan will be developed by the BCBA and LP / LPA, including service delivery and agreed upon payment. Payment will be received from clients at the beginning of each monthly review period for the upcoming estimated services. Families are able to submit invoices for reimbursement to their insurance provider if their personal insurance plan will cover ABA services provided by a BCBA. Typical diagnoses that are covered are: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down Syndrome (DS), mood disorders, and Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Based on the new DSM V, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) covers disorders previously recognized as childhood autism, high-functioning autism, early infantile autism, Kanner’s autism, atypical autism, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified, childhood disintegrative disorders, and Asperger’s disorder. However, each insurance plan covers different diagnoses and it's important to call your case manager to figure out what is covered under your specific plan. If your private insurance provider will reimburse for ABA services, please let your BCBA know so necessary paperwork can be filled out appropriately for your specific insurance provider.
The following is a list of insurances that could pay for ABA services for children with ASD, or any other approved disabilities, or will reimburse for ABA services:
- United Behavioral Health
- Blue Cross Blue Shield: Federal Employee Program
- Blue Cross Blue Shield: State Employee Program
- TriCare & Echo Authorized Services
The following is a list of businesses that provide support for ABA services for their employees:
- IBM: Special Care for Children's Assistance Program
- Microsoft: Intensive Intervention for Children with Autism ABA Therapy Program
- Wells Fargo
- NC State Health Plan
What are the steps I should take to find out if my insurance plan will cover ABA services?
- Call your insurance provider and inquire as to what your plan covers for mental health services and Applied Behavior Analysis.
- If you are eligible for coverage, ask your insurance company what to do. Typically the first step is making an appointment with the child's physician and getting a "prescription for services." This will be the doctor sending your insurance company the recommended services that are necessary to help your child reach their full potential.
- Once you get a "prescription for services", this will be sent to your health insurance provider. Then your insurance company will send you an authorization for services. The authorization will have the number of hours per service that the doctor has recommended.
- Give the authorization for services to your service provider. There is extra paperwork and forms that will need to be submitted monthly by the service provider in order for you to be reimbursed.