FAQ


Click on the categories below to find answers to our most frequently asked questions within these areas.

ABC Services

What is ABA therapy?

“Behavior analysis focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. Positive reinforcement is one such principle. When a behavior is followed by some sort of reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. Through decades of research, the field of behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing those that may cause harm or interfere with learning.

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the use of these techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior”  (Autism Speaks).


What programs do you offer for teenagers/young adults?

Our LIFE (Learning In Functional Environments) program is specifically designed for children and teens ages 10 and older. To learn more about this program click here.


Why do you offer swim lessons?

According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of death for individuals with autism. Because of this, it has always been our CEO’s dream to offer swim lessons through The Applied Behavior Center. We are now proud to offer one of a kind special needs swim lessons in the beautiful indoor pool located within our Carmel Center. To learn more click here.


Do you offer home programs?

Yes. Home therapy plans can be developed for families located within 5 miles of our centers. Click here to inquire about a home program.


Do you have any other specialized programming?

Absolutely. Specialized programming includes (but is not limited to) our 100% effective toilet training program and our desensitization programs (designed specifically for hair cutting, eating, auditory struggles, medical appointments or any situational fear).

Autism

What is Autism?

Autism (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is a developmental disorder that affects the brain’s development of social and communication skills. (U.S. National Library of Medicine)


What are the signs and symptoms of autism?

The severity of symptoms varies greatly, but all people with autism have some core symptoms in the areas of:

  • Social Interaction
    • Significant delays in developing nonverbal communication skills such, facial expressions, and body language
    • Failure to establish friendships with peers.
    • Lack of interest in sharing enjoyment, interests, or achievements with other people.
    • Lack of empathy. People with Autism often struggle to understand the emotions of others.
  • Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
    • Delay in, or lack of, speech.
    • Problems with beginning a conversation as well as understanding how to maintain it once it has begun.
    • Stereotyped and repetitive use of language. People with autism often repeat over and over a phrase they have heard previously (echolalia).
    • Difficulty understanding the meaning of subtle communications. Humor, sarcasm and idioms go misunderstood due to a word for word interpretation and failure to catch the implied meaning.
  • Limited Interests and Activities
    • An unusual focus on pieces. Younger children with autism often focus on parts of toys, such as the wheels on a car, rather than playing with the entire toy.
    • Preoccupation/obsession with certain topics. For example, older children and adults may be fascinated by dinosaurs, cars or movies.
    • A need for predictability and routines. For example, a child with Autism may always insist on driving the same route every day to school. Breaking of the routine can result in upset.
    • Self-simulating behaviors. These may include body rocking and hand flapping.

How Common is Autism?

Approximately 1 in 68 children in the United States has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism is four times more common in boys than girls. (CDC)


 What does it mean to be “on the spectrum”

Autism is unique in that no two patients have identical symptoms. Strengths and weaknesses vary drastically from person to person. Because of this, Autism operates on what we call a spectrum.

People who are diagnosed with ASD are said to be on the spectrum because while their particular set of symptoms falls under the umbrella of Autism, there is no textbook case for this condition. Ex: a child may be highly functioning but nonverbal while another may be lower functioning but thrives in social settings.


 What causes autism?

“Research suggests that the development of autism is rooted in very early brain development. However, in most cases, no one cause can be identified. Research has identified several genes that can cause autism in and of themselves. These account for about 15 percent of cases of autism spectrum disorders. Research has identified more than 100 genes or gene changes (mutations) that increase the risk that a child will develop autism. In most cases, genetics alone can’t distinguish why one person has autism and another does not. Gene-environment interactions appear to be at play. When scientists use the term environment, they are referring to a wide range of nongenetic factors. Those most associated with increased autism risk include advanced parental age at time of conception and prematurity with very low birth weight. Other possible environmental risk factors include maternal diabetes or infection during pregnancy and certain birth complications, particularly those that may involve oxygen deprivation to a baby’s brain.” (Autism Speaks)


What should I do if I suspect my child has autism?

Because early intervention is very important, you should act immediately if you suspect that your child may have Autism. We understand that accepting the possibility of the diagnosis can be very difficult but it is always better to be safe than sorry.

To schedule a diagnostic appointment, contact us at 317-849-KIDS or click here to fill out our inquiry form.

Diagnostic Testing

Why is a Diagnosis Needed?

A medical diagnosis of Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, or PDD-NOS is required to receive insurance authorization of ABA services. These tests are typically performed by a clinical psychologist and a multipage report showing the testing and diagnosis results is included.


How Long is the Average Wait Time?

Our wait time for diagnostic testing is within 1-2 weeks of initial contact. This is 8-12 times faster than many other companies. Wait time can be longer if pre-authorization is required by your insurance (typically 30-45 days).


Who Does the Testing?

Dr. Jerome Modlik, PsyD. is a clinical psychologist serving as one of ABC’s resident Diagnostic Specialists. Dr. Modlik has been evaluating children and adolescents on the Autism Spectrum since 1977.

Dr. Brad Bebe received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Louisville. He has several years of clinical experience working with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities in residential, rehab, home, hospital, and outpatient office / treatment center settings. His career has led him to gain experience through inpatient and center-based Autism programs including program development, data recording for skills curricula and behavior reduction plans, intake assessments for designing treatment plans, staff supervision, and coordination of services.


What Does the Testing Process Look Like?

Our specialists run approximately 3 hours of comprehensive testing with each child. This testing takes place within our Indianapolis North Location. At the conclusion of testing, a verbal report of the findings will be given to families on site. This is done to eliminate the long grueling wait for answers. Within 10 days of the evaluation, families will receive a full written report of the test summaries and scores as well as a list of suggestions for steps in moving forward.


What Insurance Plans Cover Diagnostic Testing?

Sagamore

Anthem (including all Blue Cross Blue Shield plans)


How Much Does Testing Cost if Done Through Private Pay?

$175 per hour.


How Do I Schedule a Diagnostic Test?

Call us at 317-849-KIDS or click here to fill our our inquiry form.

Insurance

Are there any out-of-pocket costs?

This is primarily determined by your family’s insurance coverage. We work hard to provide families the exact cost that they can expect. We tell families the exact price down to the dollar.


How do I know if my insurance covers ABA therapy?

We handle 100% of insurance processing on behalf of our families. During your initial contact with us, we will gather your insurance information and handle all processing on your behalf. We will inform you of your coverage as soon as possible.


What if my insurance does not cover ABA?

We are proud to offer several brand new services that do not require ABA coverage. Services such as Occupational Therapy, Special Needs Swim Lessons and our one-of-a-kind Speech Therapy program (which is blended with the science of ABA therapy) are all available to families.


Is there any other funding available?

Absolutely. Between insurance coverage, grants, and scholarships, there are several options available to assist with funding for Autism treatment.


Who do I contact to check my coverage today?

Contact us today at 317-849-KID ext. 104 or click here to fill out our inquiry form.

Parents & Guardians

What do I need to provide for my child?

Each parent will need to bring their child’s own lunch and snack foods, due to any special dietary conditions or allergies. If a child is not fully potty trained, please bring the necessary materials needed and an extra set of clothes. All tablets, toys and therapy items will be provided by ABC at no cost to families.


What type of safety measures are in place at ABC?

The safety of our patients is a top priority for our staff.

  • All entrances require special key-cards for access.
  • Guests are must be buzzed in by the front desk staff, sign in and out, be with a staff member at all times and wear visitor badges during their stay.
  • All staff members undergo an annual full state police background check.
  • All buildings are filled with  top-of-the-line security cameras.
  • All of our company vans and minivans have in-vehicle security cameras.
  • All of our outdoor playgrounds are fully fenced in.

Am I allowed to observe my child’s therapy?

Absolutely. Parents are always welcome and encouraged to visit the center and view their child receiving therapy. At ABC, we have even created a special observation room dedicated to parent visits. These rooms have two cameras installed for observation purposes, typically via live feed monitors. Why observation rooms?: This allows parents to see first-hand the therapy being done without causing any type of distraction to the child during therapy. If you would like your child’s Program Coordinator to join you for these observations, please schedule your appointment in advance to secure availability.


What should we do if we are struggling at home?

Your child’s Program Coordinator will discuss any issues with you to determine if a home program is needed for your child. We are also proud to offer in-clinic consults and home consults upon request.


How will I know about my child’s program and progress?

We have a digital tracking system that you will have access to that is updated daily. This system tracks each child’s goals, behaviors and progress. Parents can log in at any time to view the daily updates to their child’s program. This is in addition to the face-to-face meetings with your child’s Program Coordinator which occur monthly.

Center Information

How many locations do you have?

We are Indiana’s largest and longest running ABA therapy provider with 7 locations throughout Indiana. To learn about each center click here.


Are you open year-round?

Yes. We do close to observe major national holidays but beyond that, we are open all year round. Click here to see our calendar.


What are your center hours?

Monday-Friday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

*Saturday  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
(Scheduled dates specific to location)

After Care Hours (at select locations) Monday-Friday 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM


Is transportation available?

We currently offer transportation routes in select areas. Please contact us with questions concerning this matter. In accordance with Indiana law, all applicable children will be placed in a child restraint or booster seat when being transported.  There is a fee associated with this service.

If you are interested in transportation services, please add that fact to your inquiry form.


Do the centers have snow days or weather delays?

Yes. Our closings and delays follow the surrounding school districts (excluding delays/closings for temperatures)

  • Indianapolis North Center: Lawrence Township School District or M.S.D Lawrence Township
  • Early Childhood Center: Lawrence Township School District or M.S.D Lawrence Township
  • Indianapolis West Center: Pike Township or M.S.D. Pike Township
  • Greenwood Center: Greenwood Community Schools
  • Richmond Center: Richmond Community Schools
  • Carmel Center: Carmel Clay Schools
  • Terre Haute Center: Vigo County School
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