What is ABA Therapy?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) can be described as a therapeutic system, intervention, teaching methodologies and treatment based on behaviorist theories which target behaviors through a system of positive reinforcement and increasing positive behaviors. Click here to see our more detailed write-up.

Does Gersh provide diagnostic evaluations?

No, at this time we do not have the type of clinical staff that can perform that actual diagnostic testing for your child. The evaluation can be done by a psychologist or a neurodevelopmental pediatrician.

Do you provide in-home services?

At this time, our approach is a center-based model. Your child will attend therapy at our clinic where you can drop them off for each session. We do require some parent training, but outside of your parent meetings, you will be able to drop your child off and leave him/her in the care of our clinical team.

How many hours a day/week will my child be at the clinic?

After meeting with one of our Board Certified Behavior analysts, your child will have an individualized treatment plan developed specifically for his/her own needs. We can only determine a clinical recommendation for your child after you have gone through the initial assessment.

Do you require parents to stay at the sessions in the clinic?

No, you can drop your child off for the session and then leave if you would like. If there are certain days or programs where parent involvement is important for your child, your BCBA will address that on an individual basis for your child’s treatment program.

Will a BCBA provide all of the hours of treatment for my child?

Your child’s treatment will be overseen by a BCBA. However, after the initial assessment, therapy will be delivered by one of our highly-trained behavior technicians. Our technicians are well trained, and a BCBA is always on site at the clinic to support our therapists and supervise a session as needed. In addition, the BCBA on your child’s case will always be the provider to make clinical changes, programming decisions, and provide parent training.

How much does ABA therapy cost?

The cost will vary for each family. It will depend on the type of payment you are using (i.e. insurance coverage or private pay), at what level your insurance covers therapy, and the number of hours of treatment that are recommended for your child. Click here to reach out to us and find out if your insurance is covered.

Why do I have to send you my insurance information first? I heard that the state has a law that says ABA must be covered by insurance.

While there is a state law, each insurance plan is different. Unfortunately, some insurance plans are not subject to state law. Therefore, we must always verify coverage before moving forward if you are hoping to use insurance to pay for services.

Why would I have to pay anything if my insurance covers ABA therapy?

Just like a visit to other doctors, your coverage for ABA therapy will often have a co-pay that is your responsibility. After we call the insurance company to verify your coverage, our team will discuss any co-pay or family responsibility that you should expect before you start services.

Do you accept Medicaid?

Medicaid coverage varies in each state. At this time, New York does not provide coverage for ABA Therapy, and ABA providers are not allowed to apply to be part of the Medicaid network. In Washington state, we are not yet a Medicaid provider and therefore cannot accept any Medicaid policies.

Does my child have to have an autism diagnosis to receive ABA therapy?

ABA therapy is appropriate for children with many different needs or other diagnoses. However, your insurance will not cover payment for ABA therapy unless your child has an autism diagnosis. If you do not have an autism diagnosis, we have private pay options.

How long until I can start ABA therapy services?

If you are using insurance to pay for ABA therapy, the intake paperwork can take several weeks. Our team will work hard to assist you through the process as quickly as possible. Due to the wait times with insurance companies for approval to provide services, the process usually take about 4-5 weeks before full treatment hours can being.

What other services does Gersh offer?

Our organization offers a range of programs for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Our mission is to create a world where individuals on the autism spectrum are empowered to thrive. Click here to learn more about our other programs.