If you are ready to take the next step and allow us to provide relief and create possibilities for your family, this is the process:
How long does it take to work through those steps?
The total time can vary, depending on your availability for a tour and how quickly you return your intake packet. The quicker you are able to complete those steps, the quicker we can get to verifying your insurance and scheduling the assessment. An assessment is typically conducted in 1-2 visits of 2-3 hours each. We'll talk with you about what will work best for your child. Following the assessment, our BCBA will need up to one week to write a draft of a treatment plan. Once you meet with the BCBA to discuss that treatment plan, we can submit it to insurance, but we can't begin treatment until they authorize it. Authorizations can take 4-6 weeks, but we will schedule the start of therapy as soon as we are approved to do so. It's realistic to expect that it may take 1-2 months to work through this entire process so don't delay in making that first call!
What can we do while we work through those steps?
We know how frustrating it can be to wait for treatment to begin, and we will work as quickly as possible to move from a tour to treatment. While you’re waiting, please investigate these useful resources:
The Autism Alliance of Michigan has a program called MiNavigator, which was created to provide a professional case management service to Michigan families affected by autism. MiNavigator is staffed by a team of autism specialists with expertise in many fields, including clinical, educational, insurance, vocational, public safety, policy, and legal. Their autism specialists work one-on-one with each family to help them navigate and overcome the many barriers they face when trying to access care and support for their loved one affected by autism. Strive Center for Autism recommends that all families connect with this free resource.
If your child has been newly diagnosed, the 100 Day Kit from Autism Speaks is a helpful resource. They provide kits for young children and school aged children.
You also may consider beginning speech therapy. We have partnered with Leigh Harter Speech Services (LHSS) to provide speech therapy for families. When you reach out to LHSS, please let them know that you are working toward beginning treatment with us as well, so that we can collaborate to provide the best fit for your family. LHSS provides speech therapy onsite twice per week for children enrolled in ABA therapy at both locations, following completion of a simple form. LHSS also provides group speech sessions to all children enrolled in ABA services twice per week.
Strive Center works with a variety of insurance companies. If you don't see yours listed below, please reach out to us. We are happy to work with new insurance companies.