Frequently Asked Questions
What insurances do you accept?
- We are in network with BCBS, BCN, Beacon, Cigna, McLaren, HAP, Optum, and Priority Health and accept Genesee County Medicaid through Genesee Health Services referrals only. We are happy to investigate additional insurance companies and may be able to obtain a single case agreement, so if you don’t see your insurance listed, please contact us anyway.
- If you have Medicaid and live in Genesee County, you can contact us for help in finding out how to obtain a referral for ABA Services for your child.
What services do you provide?
- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Do you offer speech therapy?
- Yes, we offer speech therapy at both our Brighton and Burton locations through a partnership with Leigh Harter Speech Services. leighharterspeech.com or call (713)-542-8833
Who provides the ABA?
- Trained ABA Therapists, who are supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Our ABA Therapists are also Registered Behavior Technicians, which means that they have completed at least 40 hours of training online in ABA and Autism, successfully passed a competency exam, and a written exam administered by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and have also completed our in house training program.
What type of background do your therapists have?
- Our ABA Therapists have a variety of backgrounds, including psychology, communication disorders, and education. Most of our therapists have their bachelor’s degrees, and all have completed at least 60 hours of college credit. Several of our therapists are pursuing Master’s degrees and plan to become BCBAs.
- Our Executive Director has worked with children with Autism since 1999, and has worked in homes, schools, and residential settings. She earned her BCBA certification in2002.
- Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) in each location are fully certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and licensed as Behavior Analysts in the state of Michigan.
Are services provided 1:1 or in small groups?
- All children are staffed 1:1, with some skills emphasized in a small group. The 1:1 therapist is always available in the small group.
What is the schedule?
- Half day is 8:30a-11:30a or 12:30p-3:30p, Monday through Friday
- Full day is 8:30a-3:30p, Monday through Friday
Are there any weekend or after school hours?
- No. Our schedule is structured to replicate a school schedule in a number of ways, including a Monday through Friday daytime schedule. We believe that children are typically at their best and ready to learn during these hours, and this schedule allows for a smooth transition to a school setting.
Can the children attend school while they attend ABA?
- Absolutely, and that is encouraged. Many children attend half days ABA and half days school.
How do you prepare children to return to school?
- Children follow a visual schedule and change activities frequently (15-30 minutes)
- Within the schedule, there are typically 2-3 children at any activity at a given time (Ex. – when playing with toys, there’s someone to play with)
- All children participate in circle time or group lessons daily
- Children learn to respond to one teacher while in a group as their therapists fade out prompts
- Children work at tables 1:1 in a large classroom with other children at other tables, so they learn to work with distractions
- Our BCBAs can work with school staff to facilitate a transition back to school, and we are willing to work with your insurance company to obtain a transition authorization that may allow a therapist to work with your child at school for a short period of time
Can the children attend other therapies while they attend ABA?
- Absolutely, and in both our Brighton and Burton locations, speech services can be obtained onsite through Leigh Harter Speech Services. leighharterspeech.com or call (713)-542-8833
How does the intake process work?
-Parents contact the center for a tour.
-Parents complete an intake packet.
-Strive Center staff obtain an authorization for an assessment.
-Child is scheduled for an assessment (this may take up to 3 visits, typically scheduled within 1 week.)
-Strive Center staff meet with parents to review the assessment results and proposed treatment plan.
-Strive Center staff obtain an authorization for treatment (this may take several weeks.)
-Strive Center will contact parents to schedule regular treatment.