There's much to consider. Whether you are new to the area, have a new autism diagnosis, or are just setting out to learn more, finding the right ABA therapy provider will be the key. So, take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about us. Below, you'll find some things to consider when thinking about ABA therapy.
Behavior change occurs over time and through consistent practice (and LOTS of encouragement!). When you start ABA therapy for autism, be prepared for a commitment. Behavior change takes time - but it's well worth it!
ABA Therapy is considered to be a much more intensive treatment option. Unlike Speech or Occupational therapy, our field may have treatment recommendations that can range from 6-40 hours per week. At Juniper Health & Wellness, our recommendations generally range from 10-25 hours per week.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the use of behavior principles to teach skills and positive behavior changes that will improve an individual's overall quality of life. We strive to teach individuals to be more independent so that they can reach their fullest potential.
While many families often seek ABA therapy, many do not know what it is. Any quick search on the internet will draw both negative and positive remarks. Don't be intimidated. It's important to know that ABA is a healthcare service that is continually evolving and improving -- you have control over the procedures, techniques, and strategies that are used. Expect the Behavior Analyst to explain the procedures and give you the pros/cons to utilizing specific methods. At Juniper Health & Wellness, we are sensitive to the issues surrounding neuro-diversity and have become highly skilled at balancing family needs while also helping the children in making meaningful progress. Finding the right fit for your family is critical.
If you are wanting to dive in to learn more about ABA, Autism Speaks provides a great resource that services as a wonderfully detailed break down of ABA service models and definitions.
Becoming a BCBA is not an easy or quick task! It requires a masters degree in addition to graduate training in ABA, 1500-2000 hours in supervised field work, and (finally) the ability to pass a board certification exam. Juniper Health & Wellness is proud to support the growth and education in the field of ABA therapy in Killeen. At this time, we do offer limited opportunities for supervision of those pursuing certification.
To learn more about the credential, please visit the BACB.
ABA therapy is not a one size fits all - there are many different approaches and many different strategies. Find an agency that reflects what will work best for your family and, most of all, your learner.
We are in-network with BCBS, Tricare, Scott & White (soon), and Texas Medicaid (Soon). For those insurances that we are not in-network with, it may be possible to complete a single case agreement.
To get started, we'll confirm eligibility and benefits with your insurance payor. Here, we'll gather basic information, insurance card copies, and copies of diagnostic reports. Once approved, we'll move forward with the assessment. It is our goal to have every new learner up and running within 1 month of initial inquiry!