What is ABA? Applied Behavior Analysis is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree, and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behavior
Getting Services in Texas
will tell you how we got services for my own child, and that only 30%
of autistic children will ever have access to ABA therapy. First and
foremost I think the BEST resource for families and providers in the
Autism community is Autism Live. Jump on YouTube
and start watching their biweekly show. Speaking of Autism live, they
partner with CARD who have a home based program called Skillz. CARD
offers full scholarships for the SKILlz program which is an online ABA
program parents do themselves.
There are a few
grants out there for services but they a few and far between. The first
place to go is to the employer, ask the insurance person in HR to have a
single policy inclusion for ABA if it's not already covered. Ask for a
single policy copay waiver, this is almost unheard of as not collecting
copays can be considered insurance fraud, but some insurance companies
will drop copays if appealed.
If they make less than
50k they can get SSI. That money should be used to pay copays. Medicaid
that comes with SSI can be used to pay speech and OT copays, but not
ABA, as it is not a service covered by Medicaid.
on the age of the child either ECI or special ED can provide therapy ,
although the services are too infrequent and not adequate to make
meaningful change, however some therapy is better than no therapy.
to Families for Effective Autism Treatment support meetings in North
Richland Hills. Parents are a wonderful resource to each other and can
tell each other tips and tricks they used to get services.
them that unless rich, every single autism parent has been there. Sadly
it's been my experience that 90% of parents just throw their hands in
the air and give up. No matter how severe the autism the child can
improve their level of functioning! So encourage them not to give up,
and keep watching Autism Live. That program has been invaluable to me.
as a side note i would encourage them if they are willing and able to
move to another state. Colorado is the closest state that offers much
better access to care than Texas. In fact Texas is one of the worst
states to live in if you have a disability.