Hi. My toddler (2.8) was just diagnosed with autism and of course I am so overwhelmed with questions. I was told that he needs ABA 15 hours a week. How many hours do they do a session? I'm worried about copays and how often I will need to pay them. Fortunately for us, we have insurance, but I'm wildly concerned about cost of visits
Also, he still qualifies for Early intervention. Is this the same as ABA? Or different? IF so, how different
He will be attending an integrated school when he… read more
Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles pay for our Aba. The regional center also pays our co payment. Most insurance are now paying for aba. You do assessment, to see where your child is at, and work from that. It can be in the areas of speech, tantrums, environment,
Social, functional, ect. The key to success in tn this program is a good therapist, and parents participation also. We have 9hrs per wk due to our son's school schedule. It is helping him ,on all levels, but you have to continue with the same protocol, when the therapist is not around
Medicaid is now supposed to be paying for ABA secondary to your insurance, so I would try to get your child on the Medicaid waiver and then the co-pays will get picked up by Medicaid. The Regional Center has an income cap on paying for co-pays that is unrealistically low given the cost of housing & other basics in our area. On paper it looks like my husband makes good money but after taxes & housing we don't have a lot left.
I agree @A MyAutismTeam Member. Every child, parent and therapist is different. I would start with a smaller amount of numbers and go up slowly if needed. If the ABA therapist is good, the child will look forward to the sessions. It also depends on what your family's schedule and you, as parent, can handle. Calm is Queen. Be calm, take care of yourself, consider respite hours for you as you are starting this new intervention. The calmer and more rested you are, the better everything will be, trust me! Great questions, @A MyAutismTeam Member!
We lived in northern California during our daughters early intervention years. Before 3 yrs old she attended a county run program that we chose. She was there for speech delay. She was taught pex and sign language so we were able to begin to communicate with her. They used ABA discrete trial. When she turned three we were switched to the school district early intervention. Here they had ABA therapy available but because my daughter did not exhibit behaviors at school (only at home) they any addressed the seech delay. They told us to stop Sign language and pex and they refused to us them at school. For a whole year we lost communication with our daughter. At the tantrums increased we finally discovered ABA though the regional center. We used discrete trial for pex and toilet training. We used it for about a year and communication improves and she became toilet trained. Tantrums continued. About 2 years later we moved to orange county CA. After the big move and now no family support we decided to revisit ABA. We currently have ABA PRT. Behaviors are better under control and I have more tools to work with as the behaviors occur. Our insurance refused to pay for ABA so caloptima pays for it and we receive the services through regional center. We have 2 sessions per week where daughter plays (works) with therapist. These sessions are 2 house long each meeting. Also the parent trainer comes once a week for 2 hours. By our choice once a week daughter attends a social skills class on Saturdays where she learns to interact with peers. My daughter is 10 now so she is older. Looking back at the age yor child is. Knowing what I know now. I would have fought for them to use pex. Her speech did not improve during that time and actually that was when the scripting began. Now we are addressing the constant scripting. My advice is do not assume that the school puts your child's needs first. Between funding and what works best in the classroom may not cover what is best for your child so supplemental help and advice is always good. Measure all things in accordance with your super mom intuition.
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