Frequently Asked Questions
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What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?
Behavior analysis is the science of behavior, with a history extending back to the early 20th century. Its underlying philosophy is behaviorism, which is based upon the premise that attempting to improve the human condition through behavior change (e.g., education, behavioral health treatment) will be most effective if behavior itself is the primary focus rather than less tangible concepts such as the mind and willpower. To date, basic behavior-analytic scientists have conducted thousands of studies to identify the laws of behavior; that is, the predictable ways in which behavior is learned and how it changes over time. The underlying theme of much of this work has been that behavior is a product of its circumstances, particularly the events that immediately follow the behavior. Applied behavior analysts have been using this information to develop numerous techniques and treatment approaches for analyzing and changing behavior, and ultimately, to improve lives. Because this approach is largely based on behavior and its consequences, the techniques generally involve teaching individuals more effective ways of behaving and making changes to social consequences of existing behavior. ABA has been shown to be effective in a wide variety of areas, including parent training, substance abuse treatment, dementia management, brain injury rehabilitation, occupational safety intervention, among others. However, because ABA was first applied to the treatment of individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism, this practice area has the largest evidence base and has received the most recognition.
What paperwork is needed to get started with ABA therapy?
In order to get started with ABA therapy, we will need a written referral within the last six months recommending ABA therapy along with the diagnosis and diagnosis code as well as the supporting documentation proving medical necessity. The supporting documentation must be a psychiatric evaluation, diagnostic evaluation and/or an IEP.
Do you have a waiting list for services?
The waiting list for services depends on several different variables such as location, availability, and insurance type. Although, we strive to staff as quickly as possible, we do have a waiting list in certain locations.
What areas do you cover?
Strategies Inc. provides services in Florida and Maryland. In Florida, we provide services in the following counties Duval, St. John’s, Flagler, Volusia, and surrounding areas. In Maryland, we are currently providing services in Baltimore City, Baltimore and Prince George’s counties.
Do you take private insurance?
Yes, we do take private insurance. We are in network with Cigna, Tricare, Humana, BCBS, and Value Options. However, as of 05/01/19, we are only staffing private insurance cases in the Jacksonville area. We are hopeful we will be able to staff private insurance cases in the other areas FALL 2019.
How long do services last?
ABA therapy is client specific and is tailored around each individual’s needs. Our goal is to improve the overall quality of life of the families we serve. Therapy can last anywhere from a few months to a few years depending on the severity of the behavior.
Where do services take place?
Strategies Inc. is an in home and community-based ABA company. We provide services in the home, school and community and believe natural environment training is the most effective way to shape behaviors.