If you have a child with Autism and want to use your insurance to pay, you have 2 options: in-network and out-of-network. In-network ABA is very minimal cost for families. The other option is to pay privately upfront and then seek reimbursement via your out-of-network insurance.
In this situation, the BCBA (not a technician) provides the direct service 1:1 ABA. The BCBA can also provide parent training and treatment coordination. The BCBA will begin by conducting an assessment to authorize out-of-network treatment. Once treatment has begun, we can provide paid receipts for patients to submit for out-of-network reimbursement. We do not bill insurance directly for this service.
Common components of ABA programming at NYC-based MPG:
- Comprehensive Support - Our BCBAs provide direct intensive behavioral intervention, supervision of BCBA-eligible staff and team leadership in the home, school and community. We support the individual, family and entire educational team, including parent training, school transition and inclusion, professional workshops and expert testimony. We can also conduct ABA skills, FBA, BIP and educational program evaluations.
- Functional Communication - Our therapists are trained in picture exchange communication (PECs)
- Increase and Maintain Reciprocal Interactions - We want children to initiate interactions in play and maintain turn taking and sensory social engagement with both peers and adults
- Focus on Play - we use a naturalistic behavioral model that is focused on learning through play and engagement. Our therapists utilize the following approaches: Early Start Denver Model, Pivotal Response Training, and Natural Environment Teaching.
- Reinforcement - focus on naturalistic, embedded reinforcers. We want the child to want to play with us and engage in a play routine. ABA is fun!
- Maintenance and Generalization - Skills need to be mastered and generalized across people and settings. It is our goal that the child will engage in desired behaviors spontaneously no matter where they are or who they are with.
- Outcome-based Decision Making - We place a large focus on initial and ongoing assessments (e.g., VB-MAPP, ABLLS, AFLS, VABS, FAST) to guide decision making, curriculum development and goal setting. This includes Functional Behavioral Assessment and BIP development. Our team meets on an ongoing basis to maintain consistency.
- Data Collection - Frequent, rigorous and meaningful data collection and monitoring via regular team meetings to ensure integrity of the program, including IOA-interobserver agreement
- Task Analysis - we break down larger behaviors into smaller tasks, then teach each task individually in order to increase mastery and fluidity of the larger behavior.
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