Getting Started with ABA at PAT
We’re ready to help make a difference in your child’s life through ABA therapy. Read more about what it takes to get started with ABA therapy services at Pediatric Advanced Therapy.
Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
To receive ABA therapy, children need to have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). A formal diagnosis (“F84.0”) must be given by a pediatrician, psychologist, or other qualified professional.
Request ABA Services
After receiving an ASD diagnosis, request ABA services directly on our website or call 704-799-6824. A referral coordinator will direct you to complete your intake paperwork, which gathers basic info we need to treat your child. The more info you share on these forms the better! That helps us to create an individualized treatment plan for your child.
Verify Insurance Coverage
After all intake paperwork is completed, we will verify your insurance benefits with your private insurance and/or Medicaid and confirm that you have coverage for ABA services. They will let us know if your plan has coverage limits or restrictions and also provide details on copays or coinsurance, if any. We will make you aware of your ABA benefits before you begin services.
Be ready! Most insurances and Medicaid require pre-authorization to begin ABA services. We may ask for additional information and documentation to get your child approved for services. Once we receive this approval, your child can receive their ABA eval with one of our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs).
Initial Eval and Individualized Plan of Care
Our referral coordinators will schedule an initial eval with one of our BCBAs. The BCBA will assess your child and create custom goals to meet the child in their current circumstance. Goals may work on one or more of the following skills: communication and language, social skills, self-care, play and leisure, and/or motor skills. In your child’s ABA evaluation, our BCBA’s (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) will determine what time and frequency will work best for your child. Hours for therapy may range from 10-40 hours/week.
ABA Therapy Begins!
Your child’s therapy team will be made up of one or more Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) who will provide treatment according to your child’s individualized plan of care. Your BCBA will supervise sessions and make changes to the treatment plan as necessary to best help your child. Your BCBA will also work closely with you in family support, to help with skill carryover outside of therapy.