Frequently asked questions...
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism:
What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific approach that investigates behavior of all living organisms. Behavior Analysis uses established principles to focus on how behaviors change, or are affected by the environment, as well as how learning takes place. ‘Behavior’ means anything someone does—playing, talking, eating, working, etc.
Applied Behavior Analysis is beneficial for children with developmental delays, Autism, or behavioral excesses to increase behaviors of social significance and to decrease behaviors that are impeding a child’s ability to take advantage of their home, community or learning environments.
When is the best time for my child to start ABA?
As with any intervention, the sooner you start, the better. Research shows that initiation of evidence-based intervention can be a predictor of improved outcomes for social communication and language skills. Efficacy of early interventions for infants and young children with, and at risk for, autism spectrum disorders. International review of psychiatry (Abingdon, England), 30(1), 25–39. Landa R. J. (2018))
How will my child respond to ABA intervention?
It is difficult to predict how a child will respond to any intervention until it has been tried, with consistency, and relevant data has been collected and reviewed. An individualized plan including an appropriate number of treatment hours, parental involvement, and consistency by trained interventionists will help determine your child’s progress.
How do I know if other professional help is needed or working?
Any skilled practitioner should be able to provide the research behind their intervention and explain if it meets the merits of the Scientific Rating Scale. A thorough review of interventions and their efficacies can be found in the National Standards Report on the National Autism Center website.
Does my child need to have a formal diagnosis to get treatment?
As you would want a medical doctor to complete an assessment and give a diagnosis before starting you on a medication, it is likewise in the best interest of your child to be properly evaluated prior to starting treatment. Wait times for evaluations can be long, and in this scenario, it is best to contact an interventionist and discuss what kind of help is available while waiting for an evaluation. Always keep in mind that insurance companies will not reimburse for any treatment without a qualified diagnosis relevant to that treatment.
Will insurance cover ABA?
Each insurance company has different policies and plans that may cover treatment for Autism. WNC BEST can help you navigate an insurance inquiry by providing correct procedure codes to refer to when investigating insurance coverage for your child. Please note that coverage of treatment does not necessarily guarantee payment. The family of the child is responsible for all professional fees whether covered by insurance or not.
WNC BEST is in Network with Blue Cross Blue Shield, and may be eligible for out of network single-case agreements with other insurance companies.
What age children do you serve?
WNC BEST provides professional services to accepted children ages 18 months to 15 years.