Commonly Asked Questions
You have questions. We have answers.
Do you provide home-based services?
Our early learning therapy center located in Gulf Breeze, FL is the best place for our young clients. We’ve structured the environment to ensure your child is getting the most out of therapy sessions by targeting social skills and language acquisition as well as behavior reduction. We do offer in home services for older clients located in Gulf Breeze, Navarre, Pace/Milton, and Pensacola. We’d welcome the change to schedule an initial consultation with you, at no charge, to show your our space and answer any additional questions you have.
What age range do you serve?
18 months to 12 year old
Our Gulf Breeze Early Learning Therapy Center is designed to meet the needs of our early learners. Therefore, children as young as 18 months to 10 years old may be appropriate for our Center. In addition, there may be a case where an older child would be a good fit for our center. We’d discuss placement with you during the assessment. We do provide in home services in Navarre, Pace, Milton, and Pensacola. We work in private schools as well. Upon completing an initial assessment with one of our Board Certified Behavior Analysts, we’d discuss the appropriate placement of your child with you.
Will you help my child with potty-training?
Absolutely! Many of our early learning therapy center clients are potty-trained during their time with us. We definitely have experience teaching this skill. While we are working to potty train your child at the center, you will be equipped to continue the training plan at home.
Can my child access ABA early intervention without an autism diagnosis?
Yes, but not necessarily through insurance.
Yes, but insurance typically won’t pay for the therapy without a diagnosis of autism. Call us and we can talk though your specific situation with you. Solid early intervention services have a tremendous impact on a child’s life. We can refer you to a licensed clinical psychologist for a full evaluation if you feel your child has some of the signs of autism.
What will my out of pocket expenses be?
When you call or complete our online form, we will get your insurance information and verify your insurance covers Applied Behavior Analysis. We will also verify your out of pocket costs and relay this information to you. These costs vary from insurance plan to insurance plan.
How many hours per week of therapy does my child need?
The initial assessment determines the amount of hours/intensity.
This depends on your child’s specific needs. In order to determine the appropriate level of care for your child, we need to meet with you and your child and interact with/observe your child. This is done during the initial assessment. Therapy is typically 15-40 hours per week for children with more intensive needs and 10-15 hours per week for children with less intensive needs. In addition to direct therapy for your child, you will also receive training on the protocols and techniques we use.
My child attends a private elementary school but needs more intensive support. Do you provide intensive support in a private school setting?
We have built great relationships with some private schools in the area and are always willing to meet with anyone new to explain what we do and how we can help. We’d welcome the opportunity to work with your child’s school to provide the support your child needs to access the curriculum and become a successful student.
Do you offer Social Skills Groups?
We have found our clients benefit most from social skills groups when they are also receiving one on one therapy. Because of this, our social skills groups are put together based on our existing client’s needs and their schedule.
My child is getting ABA therapy with another provider, but we want to switch. What do we need to do?
We’d love the opportunity to work with your child. Please contact our intake specialists at 850-932-8021 or fill out our prospective client form and one of them will reach out to you. Because each insurance company operates differently, your next steps will be based on your specific insurance plan.
My main concern is my child's speech, can ABA help with that?
Yes, it can!
Applied behavior analysis is very effective at improving and developing speech and language skills. This can be done in a multitude of ways from Functional Communication Training to Verbal Behavior to shaping articulation. Your child will be assessed in this area and a specific and individualized plan will be created to address your child’s needs.
Can I participate or contribute to my child’s therapy?
The more you can be involved the better. Your involvement will increase your child’s success and alleviate your stress. We will teach you all the techniques we are using specifically for your child. You will feel empowered to more effectively address behaviors at your home and in the community and support your child in his or her learning. You are the most important member of your child’s treatment team!
Are your analysts Board Certified? Licensed?
Florida is one of a handful of states that doesn’t have a license for Behavior Analysts yet. However, all states that do have the license recognize the Board Certification credential. All our analysts are Board Certified and have specific experience related to autism and developmental disabilities for young children. In addition, all our therapists hold the following Behavior Analyst Certification Board credential: Registered Behavior Technician.
What should I bring to my initial assessment?
Any assessments or information you feel may be helpful.
Upon completing our new client form, one of our intake specialists will reach out to you to gather all the information we will need to make our first appointment most productive. Please bring any additional reports not requested in the paperwork that you feel will be helpful for us to have. If your child has a favorite toy or comfort item, feel free to bring that with you as well.
My child is non-verbal and goes to speech. Shouldn't speech be a priority over ABA?
ABA and Speech Therapy are both important parts of a comprehensive treatment plan when prescribed by your pediatrician. ABA is the most proven way to decrease maladaptive behaviors while increasing socially significant behavior, including speech and language, for children with autism. The best option for your child will be a multidisciplinary team with all the members working together. We are happy to collaborate with any other therapists your child is receiving services from.
How can we get started?
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What is the timeline from benefit verification to initial assessment?
We share your sense of urgency when you come to us and are ready to begin ABA therapy. We have worked hard to develop a streamlined process for our families. For your convenience, much of the paperwork involved with getting started can be completed online from the comfort of your home. We will maintain an open line of communication with you so that you are kept informed of where we are in the process and what comes next.
Is your clinic set up with individual therapy rooms for one-on-one opportunities with the analysts?
Our clinics have individual learning areas and group interaction areas. We are happy to give you a tour of our center. Give us a call at (850) 932-8021. Our intake specialists will connect you with our Center Director to set up a time for you to come see our center.
What is incidental training and how does it differ from discrete trail training?
Applied behavior analysts use the principles of learning to teach skills and reduce unwanted behavior. The techniques we use are based in the study of learning and behavior and are proven in scientific literature to be effective. Incidental teaching and discrete trial training are two of these techniques. Incidental teaching is when we capture or contrive learning opportunities by setting up the learning environment to most likely prompt a child to engage in an activity or use a new skill. This technique is most commonly used during play and takes advantage of the child’s natural desires by creating learning experiences around what the child is most interested in engaging with at that moment. Discrete trial training is when we break larger skills down into their component skills, teaching those skills bit by bit.
I do not have insurance coverage, what are my options now? (Appeal, go to HR, etc.)
The type of plan you have will determine the best course of action. First, talk to your HR benefits department to determine if you have a fully-funded or self-funded insurance plan. If your insurance plan is fully-funded and underwritten in a state that mandates applied behavior analysis therapy for autism, you should have coverage. However, if it is self-funded, you’ll need to talk to your HR/benefits department about getting ABA benefits added to your plan. Feel free to contact us and we can help you navigate further.