Frequently Asked Questions
About ABA Therapy

We understand that after your child receives an autism diagnosis, all of the information can be overwhelming, but we’re here to walk alongside you and support you and your family. See our FAQs below for more information about ABA therapy.

No, we don’t currently provide diagnostic evaluations for autism. If your child is showing signs of autism, we advise that you schedule an appointment with their pediatrician or a medical professional to receive a psychological evaluation. Find a list of providers near you HERE. Once your child receives a psychological evaluation with an autism diagnosis, visit our Intake Form to inquire about ABA therapy services at a clinic near you.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based behavioral treatment that can improve the quality of life for children and teens with autism. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) will work with you and your family to develop a customized treatment plan to help your child acquire new skills and/or reduce challenging behaviors based on their individual needs.

ABA therapy is widely known as an effective, evidence-based treatment for those diagnosed with autism. ABA therapy can foster the development of skills while reducing negative behaviors. Each child will work towards individualized goals and can target areas such as communication skills, social skills, daily living skills, etc.

Selecting an ABA provider that is built on a foundation of quality treatment is important and we recommend researching several organizations to determine the best fit for your child.

Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) will work with you and your family to develop a customized treatment plan to help your child acquire new skills and/or reduce challenging behaviors based on their individual needs. Throughout treatment, our BCBAs provide ongoing supervision and conduct data analysis to ensure your child’s success in achieving their goals.

Upon the start of services, your child will work 1:1 with a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) who has been trained by a BCBA to implement the client’s unique treatment plan. During therapy sessions, RBTs will teach your child through natural play opportunities and constructive teaching moments.

ABA sessions are designed specifically for your child and may look different based on their needs. Our RBTs teach your child through play and naturalistic learning opportunities to make progress on their specific goals. We use intentional moments that are child led to make their session a positive experience. During a session your child’s BCBA might work on some of the following types of skills/goals:
  • Social skills with other clients and staff
  • Potty training
  • Quiet and focus work time
During the initial Intake process, your child’s BCBA will meet with your family and conduct an assessment to identify your child’s needs and write goals to address them. Based on the information collected through this process, the BCBA will determine the medically necessary number of hours needed to achieve you and your child’s goals.

The time frame for starting services can vary depending on the clinic’s availability and insurance verification process. There are scenarios in which our specific ABA clinic locations may have a waitlist for starting services. If you are added to our waitlist, a member of our Intake team can still work with you on the insurance verification process while you wait and will continue to check-in with you periodically to ensure you are well informed on your child’s status.

We understand that each child is unique and certain therapy settings may be more appropriate for them based on their specific needs. Your child’s BCBA will evaluate those needs and make an informed decision after completing the assessment. Surpass Behavioral Health offers ABA therapy in the clinic, home and school settings. Occasionally these settings can change over time as we work towards achieving your child’s goals.
Yes, we believe that parent collaboration plays a large role in your child’s success. Our BCBAs will meet with you monthly to provide hands on family training to allow for ABA techniques to be practiced in other settings while your child is outside of clinic-based therapy. Parents will also be involved during the assessment process and on-going treatment terms to review goals and demonstrate successes.

The cost of ABA therapy can vary depending on the benefits included in your insurance plan. If you would like assistance with this, please complete our Intake Form, and a dedicated member of our Intake team can help to confirm your coverage and provide you with a Verification of Benefits (VOB) summary. After reviewing your benefits summary, you will be able to determine what options are available for your family.

We currently accept all major insurance providers and state Medicaid programs, with private pay options available as well. For more information on the Intake process, please visit our Insurance Page.

At Surpass Behavioral Health, we will work with insurance companies and third-party translation service providers to accommodate the needs of all clients and/or families whose primary language is not English. For Spanish speaking individuals, we offer an intake packet, including consent to treat forms in Spanish. Our team also offers Spanish translation services through our bilingual staff when available. For language or translation support, please contact the Surpass Behavioral Health Intake team by emailing [email protected].