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Here are some frequently asked questions that our clients are asking us.

  • What are symptoms of autism?
    Core deficits of autism include delays in social communication behavior AND restrictive or repetitive behaviors. Many individuals with autism also suffer from sensory processing disorder (SPD). Comorbidity commonly occurs when individuals with autism struggle with a secondary diagnosis such as ADHD, Anxiety, or other mental health disorder.
  • Is ABA effective?
    Highly! ABA is the gold standard for treating autism. Supported by decades of thorough research, ABA has evolved into a rich and all-encompassing practical science aimed at improving target areas.
  • How can I know if ABA is right for my child?
    Speak to your doctor or diagnostician to make sure that your child can benefit. The beauty of ABA therapy is in its potential to completely individualize the treatment plan to fit the unique needs of your child.
  • How do I know if the ABA therapy is working for my child?
    You will see positive changes occur over time. You will know that ABA therapy is effective when challenging behaviors begin to decrease and adaptive behaviors increase. The ABA framework requires clear and targeted objectives and closely monitored performance levels.
  • Does everyone carry out ABA in the same way?
    Although the procedures utilized are consistent across providers, there is absolutely no one-size-fits-all approach to administering ABA Therapy. Autumn ABA is proud to offer the highest level of service and has adopted a whole-child approach to treatment. Our directors train and oversee clinicians, understand child development, and value natural-environment learning. We want to affect meaningful and lasting change!
  • What will the ABA therapist be doing with my child?
    Your behavior technician, under the supervision of an expert BCBA, will engage your child in a series of interactive and pleasant activities that are carefully planned to address specific skill areas. Your clinician will maximize learning opportunities throughout the session while maintaining your child’s interest and motivation levels. The session structure will depend on the service setting and the specific treatment plan.
  • Will I know what my child’s goals are?
    Absolutely! Parents and caregivers are an integral part of the therapeutic process. During the initial behavioral assessment and throughout the duration of therapy, parents will meet with their designated BCBA to discuss progress, concerns, goals, and to gain support and guidance.
  • How many hours a week of ABA is generally recommended?
    As per the BACB, once medical necessity is determined, there are generally two models for therapy intensity – Focused and Comprehensive. Focused therapy would range from 10-25 weekly hours of direct treatment. Comprehensive therapy would range from 30-40 weekly hours of direct treatment.
  • For how long does my child need ABA?
    That will depend on your child’s skill levels upon entry into a therapy program, as well as the intensity of services that is received. Treatment duration is evaluated as per the child’s response to therapy. At times, therapy will continue past the first authorization period until further progress is achieved. Many children are discharged within 1-2 years of therapy. Others may need more time for long term goals to be achieved.
  • How do I find out if my insurance will cover ABA services?
    The good news is that most insurance plans will cover autism treatment. Coverage can differ from state to state and plan to plan, so give us a call today and we will review your benefits with you.
  • When can I get started?
    As soon as your insurance benefits are verified, services can begin! The process is smooth and efficient. Before you know it, you will have your team built out for you and your child will be set for success! Process
  • How can I make sure the technician will be a good fit for my child?
    At Autumn ABA, we work hard to make the therapy plan an absolute success. We invest time and focus in getting to know the personality and needs of your child and then setting up a technician whom you and your child will love!
  • What will ABA therapy address?
    Treatment goals can address many areas of development including: • adaptive and self-care skills • attending and social referencing • cognitive functioning • community participation • coping and tolerance skills • emotional development • family relationships • language and communication • play and leisure skills • pre-academic skills • reduction of interfering or inappropriate behaviors • safety skills • self-advocacy and independence • self-management • social relationships • vocational skills
  • At what age is ABA most effective?
    Early detection of autism and early implementation of the therapy program is highly recommended. Most children begin services between two and six years old.
  • My child does not have an autism diagnosis, how can he/she qualify for services?
    Insurance plans require a medical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder before authorizing ABA services.

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Parent and Educator Resources.

 

For Our NJ Families: https://autismnj.org/

 

 

On toileting a child with autism: https://pottygenius.com/blogs/blog/potty-training-a-child-
with-autism-using-aba

 

 

General Information on autism: https://theautismhelper.com/

 

Hear it from a fellow mom: https://autismresourcemom.org/

 

 

Acceptance and Awareness with Sesame Street: https://sesameworkshop.org/topics/autism/

 

 

Family Resources: https://childrensnational.org/departments/center-for-neuroscience-and-
behavioral-medicine/programs-and-services/center-for-autism-spectrum-
disorders/resources-for-families

 

 

Autism Now https://autismnow.org/what-we-do/

 

 

Plan Your Family Vacation https://autismontheseas.com/

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