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How do I start getting services for my child?

  • 07/29/2022
  • Erika Hyatt, MA, BCBA, LBA

While initial evaluations may be performed by a medical professional or educational institution, most private health insurance carriers require a comprehensive assessment at an Approved Autism Evaluation Center (AAEC) to make or confirm the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for the member in order for autism therapies, including Applied Behavior Analysis, to be covered under a plan.

Once a diagnosis is confirmed, our Board Certified Behavior Anayst (BCBA) performs an in-take process during which they gather background information on a client and the necessary documentation. A written request is submitted to the insurance carrier requesting authorization to proceed with an assessment. During the assessment, an extensive skill evaluation is conducted using tools and observations.

Once the asessment is complete, the BCBA develops a comprehensive treatment plan for the client and a recommendation for a number of hours of services. Authorization is obtained from the insurance carrier and with regular supervision by the BCBA, one or more Behavior Analysts works one-on-one with the client to implement the treatment plan. The BCBA also provides weekly parent training to ensure there is generalization of skill sets across multiple settings.

Erika Hyatt, MA, BCBA, LBA

Erika is the Clinical Director at Bridges Spectrum Therapy, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst in the State of Michigan. She has been working with children and adolescents with autism since 2015 and is an adjunct instructor at Arizona State University in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.