Frequently Asked Questions
What insurance do you take?
DEPS ABA is currently credentialed with Blue Cross Blue Shield health plans.
Does my child need a diagnosis for ABA?
At DEPS, we need an autism diagnosis report in order to provide ABA services to your child. If your child has been evaluated and you have not yet received your report, you can take a tour of our facility while you wait! If your child needs to be evaluated, our diagnostic team is here to help!
How much ABA will my child need? How long will they need ABA?
Your child’s experience will be uniquely tailored to fit their needs – including their schedule and length of time in therapy! DEPS ABA will complete a thorough ABA assessment with you and your child at the start of treatment to determine the clinically recommended number of hours. Our clients stay with us until their needs are met and/or they transition to kindergarten.
DEPS ABA clients typically receive between 12 and 25 hours per week of therapy. These hours may be 1:1 with an RBT, in a small group with similar peers and 1 RBT, or a mixture of both! We plan for our clients to be as independent as they can based on their skills, needs, and age.
What does ABA look like?
In short, a lot of play! Because we prioritize very young learners, we take a natural environment (NET) approach to ensure our services are as developmentally appropriate as possible. This means that we use play-based strategies to teach new skills. Our team spends their days building obstacle courses, doing crafts, digging in sand, and stomping with dinosaurs so our clients are learning skills that matter in ways that matter to them!
We are preparing our clients for kindergarten and life beyond, so our sessions also incorporate common classroom activities like circle time, snacking together, group activities, and daily living routines like handwashing or toileting.
How long does it take to start ABA?
DEPS ABA works hard to be efficient with your time. We work with you to identify what authorization is necessary from your insurance is needed to begin assessment & treatment and are thorough in our assessments and documentation to help that process along. Depending on your insurance, the process to receive approval for ABA therapy could take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks. This being said, we aim for a 6–10-week timeframe from the initiation of assessment processes to receiving treatment approval. Then we get started as soon as we can!
My child is in preschool. Can they still receive ABA therapy?
Yes! While our program looks a lot like a preschool and provides similar opportunities, it does not have to replace your child’s current schooling. DEPS will give you information on available times for sessions once your treatment plan is approved so you can make informed decisions about the time commitments you are making for your child across all their services!
My child receives OT/PT/Feeding/Speech Therapies. Can they still receive ABA therapy?
Yes! We understand that it takes a village to raise a child and we expect input from all stakeholders in our clients’ lives. We want to work with your team of therapists, school professionals, and medical experts to help create a full picture of functioning across people and settings.
How do we get started? What is the process like?
- Complete your free autism screener & schedule an evaluation
- Complete Autism Diagnostic evaluation
- Receive diagnostic report in 3 weeks
- Tour DEPS ABA Clinic
- After DEPS completes insurance verification, schedule your ABA assessment
- Review your child’s assessment results & unique treatment plan
- DEPS submits your child’s ABA plan to your insurance for approval
Once your child’s insurance has made a determination…
- Your team determines a weekly schedule that works for you and your child
- Your child starts their new adventure!