autism diagnosis

Your child recently received the autism diagnosis and you received a referral for Applied Behavior Analysis.

what’s next?

Well, you’ve come to the right place. Verbal Beginnings specializes in Applied Behavior Analysis, commonly known as ABA therapy.

funding options

Insurance

ABA therapy is now covered by insurance companies! See if your insurance company is in our network.

Private pay

If there are no opportunities available with the other funding options, paying privately is always an option.

Grants

Grants can be used when paying for ABA privately and can offset the costs of copays/deductibles and anything insurance doesn’t cover.

Local Resources

Different counties offer different programs for students diagnosed with autism. Check whether these resources are available to you.

resources for parents

It takes a village to raise a child and the ABA approach is no exception to the rule.  Fast and effective therapy is dependent on consistency among all caregivers.  A priceless gift to your child’s therapy is a personal education of the methods of their therapy.

The below resources are a great starting point for parents:

books

websites

Therapy Process

The process is individualized for each person depending on their history, needs and coverage.

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initial
consultation

Upon receiving your intake paperwork our BCBAs will contact you to set up an initial consultation.

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assessment

The BCBA will decide which assessments will be the most appropriate for your child.

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treatment plan

Once the direct assessments are completed, the BCBA will develop a comprehensive treatment plan.

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implement
therapy

Direct therapy is deliver and progress is evaluated on an ongoing basis.

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family
training

The BCBA will set up monthly meetings to implement family training.

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real world
application

The goal of our therapy is to generalize skills across all settings and people.

frequent questions

You have questions? We have answers!
What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

ABA is based on the principles of learning theory, which explains how learning takes place. For example, positive reinforcement is one of the most well known techniques utilized in ABA. This technique is based around the idea that when a behavior is followed by some sort of social praise or reward, the behavior is more likely to occur again in the future. 

What is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)?

A BCBA is an individual with an expertise in the field of behavior analysis. All BCBAs are required to possess a Master’s Degree in ABA or another closely related field such as Human Services. They are also required to complete over 1500 hours of fieldwork in which they must directly work with ABA programs as well as spend about 50% of those hours learning how to work on ABA programming and data analysis. During that fieldwork they are also required to be supervised by a BCBA who helps guide them through their fieldwork and ensures that they are practicing techniques correctly and helping them to work on experiencing and teaching all areas of ABA in order to become a well-rounded BCBA. Once the coursework and fieldwork is complete, they sit for and pass their boards. So, each BCBA coming into the field is required to have gained a good amount of experience before becoming certified.