The State of Texas allows all children with an ASD diagnosis to attend ABA therapy. The school will require an excuse note from the clinic.
What About School?
Should I Continue Supplemental Therapies?
Our complete program will cover the skill sets other therapies such as speech and occupational / physical therapy will cover. It is the families’ choice to use supplemental therapies. We do not advise one way or the other. If you choose to continue other programs, we advise contact between all therapists to ensure continuity.
Will My Insurance Pay For This Treatment?
Yes, most major insurance will offer ABA coverage with an ASD diagnosis. However, every plan is different, but we can verify your insurance coverage for you.
What Are The Credentials of ABA staff?
All Grand Oak Academy employees are credentialed by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, the international governing body of behavior analysts, or they are pursuing BACB credentials.
BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst)-therapist must complete a master’s degree, 1500 hours of supervised experience, and pass an exam
BCaBA (Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst)-therapist must complete a bachelor’s degree, 1000 hours of supervised experience, and pass an exam
RBT (Registered Behavior Technician)-therapist must have a high school diploma, complete 40 hour training course with BCBA supervision, and pass an exam.
What Behavior Intervention Techniques Can I Expect To Be Used?
Grand Oak Academy follows the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s code of Ethics. This states that positive reinforcement will always be the first form of intervention. Therefore, we do not use nor condone any harmful punishment techniques. Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs), under the direction of a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) implement all behavioral interventions. LBAs will use a variety of differential reinforcement procedures to reduce maladaptive behaviors and increase appropriate behaviors such as attending, communication, and self-help skills. Evidence-based research has proven these procedures to be effective.
What is the Best Age to start Applied Behavior Analysis?
Research shows that the earlier the intervention begins, the better the results. Intervention provides the greatest gains for children who start prior to their 5th birthday. However, all individuals regardless of age, can benefit from behavioral interventions. It is never too late or too early to begin making progress.