Does insurance cover your therapy?
We are currently in-network with Tricare, BCBS, and BCN. We have applications in process for HAP, United Behavioral Health, and others. If your insurance is not listed, please contact us and we will be more than happy to investigate becoming a provider with your insurance.
My child does not have autism; can he/she still enroll in the program?
We do require a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder in order for the child to be considered for the program. This is because our director and staff are trained and educated in autism spectrum disorders.
My child has been diagnosed with autism and another disorder; can he/she still enroll in the program?
We make an individualized decision for each child, but we do strive to accept all children with an ASD diagnosis, as long as they do not have a medical disability that our staff is not trained to handle or consistently require more than one staff member to implement behavior plans.
Do you only accept children who live in Oakland County?
No, we are able to accept children no matter where they live. However, we do not provide transportation, so it is up the parents or caregivers to determine what an acceptable drive time is.
What does your program cost?
Please contact us for a current rate sheet. We are currently working with several insurance providers which cover our therapy. Contact us for details!
What are the program options?
We have a part-time and a fill-time program available for parents to choose from. The part-time program is a 1/2 day program offered both in the morning and afternoon (8:30am – 11:30 am or 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm). The full-time program runs all day (8:30 am – 3:30 pm). All of the programs run Monday – Friday. For the part-time programs the parents and director will make a joint decision on which session will work best for everyone.
My child is in a full day program at his/her public school, do you provide after school programs?
No we do not. The only programs we offer run between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm. Some children attend school part time and our program part time. If your child’s school day is in the morning, they could attend our program from 12:30 – 3:30. They could also attend our morning session from 8:30 – 11:30 and go to their school in the afternoon.
I would rather have my child attend your program on a full time basis rather than the public school program is that allowed?
Michigan has a policy that allows parents to make the decision to home school their child. Based on the laws within that, parents are able to make the decision to put their child in our program for a full day rather than their public school program.
Is it against your policies to have a child enrolled in any other educational program when he/she begins therapy?
No, that decision is completely up to the family. Many of our families have their child enrolled in private therapies such as speech or occupational therapy, in conjunction with the EIC. When the child is close to graduating our program we actually recommend that he/she be enrolled in a typical education program (if they aren’t already) so that the transition is gradual.
Do you provide speech, occupational, or physical therapy?
As a part of our program we contract with a speech and language group to provide speech consultations within the ABA session. In addition, we are also able to target goals such as language and fine & gross motor skills through our ABA programming. If needed, we can provide recommendations to places that do offer individual speech, occupational, and phsycial therapy.
My child isn’t toilet trained yet, can he/she still start the program?
Yes! We are also able to work on potty training at our center. We have been very successful in the past with our evidence based potty training programs.
I have a really heard time getting my child to eat, can you help with that?
Yes. There are several evidence based treatments for food selectivity and other food related issues – after assessing the particular problem we will be able to select the best treatment option.
My child is on a special diet, will you be able to make sure he/she stays on it while at your center?
We do everything we possibly can to make sure that your child’s diet is followed exactly as you would like it to be. We do not provide the children with any food or drink (besides water) at the center. The only food or drink provided to the child is sent in from the home. The children are not allowed to share their food and are closely monitored when ever there are multiple children in the area eating or drinking. All special diets and/or allergies are noted in the child’s individual program book and all staff are made aware of it.
My child is non-verbal, can you make him/her talk?
Creating a mode of communication for your child is our number one priority. We can not make any promises about the type of progress your child will make. However, we will make a very strong effort to teach vocalizations. If we do not see optimal results, we will then work with the family to decide on a communication program on an individual basis. In the past we have been very successful in getting vocalizations out of most of our children. However, in a few cases we have used sign language, pictures, and computer devices to facilitate their speech development.
How do you handle a child who engages in challenging behavior?
We would first complete a functional assessment of the behavior. The results of this assessment would give us some information about the likely reason the child is engaging in the behavior in the first place. After that we would meet with the family to jointly develop an individual plan based on techniques that have been proven through applied behavior analysis. We never implement a behavior plan without first discussing the plan with the parents.
What testing do you require initially?
All we require before enrollment is a verification of the diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorders and a statement from either a physician or the parents that the child is healthy enough to participate in therapy. After the child is enrolled in our program we complete our own assessment. We have used the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS-R) that was developed by Dr. Jim Partington and Dr. Mark Sundberg, as well as the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) that was also developed by Dr. Mark Sundberg. Both assessments are very comprehensive tests that addresses skills in a variety of different areas. Due to the unique coding system of the assessments, we are able to track progress every time the assessment is administered.
How long is your program?
As with every aspect of our program, the duration is individualized for each child. It will depend on a number of different factors, level of functioning at intake, how quick they learn, if they are in a 1/2 day or full day program, how much is worked on outside of the center, etc. There have been some children who stay at our center for 6 months and others who stay for a 3-4 years. The average duration for most children is around 1-2 years (in a part time program).
How is the child’s progress evaluated, and how often is it done?
Data is taken throughout the day and graphed and analyzed at the end of every day. Program books are reviewed by the clinical director on a regular basis. Daily Progress Reports are sent home every day so the parents will be informed of what the child did that day. Parents meet with the director on a monthly basis to discuss progress. The full ABLLS-R or VB-MAPP is completed on a yearly basis.
What are your criteria for the child exiting the program?
The family may withdraw their child from the program at any time. For “graduation” the child must master our curriculum, have the approval and support of the clinical director, and complete the transition program.
What is the background of your staff?
Our Clinical Director has her MA in Behavior Analysis and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). The behavioral technicians are all required to have at least a 4 year degree in psychology or a related field. They are required to complete our onsite training weather they have prior training in ABA or not. The clinical director and room supervisors provide this training.
Is there any training provided to the parents?
Parents meet with the Clinical Director on a regular basis to go over programs, techniques, principles and more. Specific hands on training is not provided at this time for parents, but the clinical director will give suggestions on how to handle behaviors at home and why types of programs parents can work on as well.