Comprehensive Approach

At Autism Family Center we offer a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach. Services stem from two disciplines -Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Counseling. Applied Behavior Analysis is the systematical application of interventions to improve socially significant behaviors. While Clinical Counseling uses a variety of therapeutic techniques which create a safe, supportive environment to treat stress, anxiety, mood, communication and family support. 

 

How to implement a Comprehensive Approach

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How to implement a comprehensive program for children, teenagers, and young adults on the autism spectrum. This video reviews the implementation of two Autism Treatment Options - Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Clinical Counseling.



intake

At your Intake you will meet with a Lead from each of the two departments - Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Counseling. The intake is the first step our team takes to get to know your family. The intake team assesses a variety of factors including the presenting symptoms and behaviors, complete therapeutic goals, family dynamic, and much more. 

Review the formal assessment to determine if intensive behavior therapy including applied behavior analysis is the right fit. Other options include counseling for kids, teens, and young adults with autism.

recommendations

You will leave your intake with a guide of our recommended treatment plan including a unique combination of our services for your individual goals.

Certified behavior therapists and clinical counselors work together to provide autism treatment options including intensive behavior therapy and applied behavior analysis.

multidisciplinary team

To implement an effective collaborative model, Autism Family Center utilizes a multidisciplinary team. Specialists at the center offer a unique combination of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Family Support Counseling, Play Therapy, Individual Talk Therapy, and Couples Counseling. 



THE RESULTS

A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH IS BENEFICIAL TO BOTH PATIENTS & STAFF MEMBERS.

Collaborative Care emphasizes the important role the patient - and patient's family - play in their health and health care.
Intensive behavior therapy in combination with counseling is extremely effective for children and teenagers on the autism spectrum. 

STAFF

Collaborative care doesn't only help patients. Staff members at agencies that use a comprehensive approach benefit as well. 

  • Maximize education, skills, and experience 
  • Develop better work relationships 
  • Stronger vocational environment
  • Improved health
  • Report higher job satisfaction

Patients

Collaborative care has proven to be extremely beneficial to patients. This is how the comprehensive approach can help you: 

  • Improved psychopathology and quality of life 
  • Higher quality of care, patient safety, and service satisfaction 
  • Reduced referral delay 
  • Less time in treatment 
  • Fewer appointments
  • Lower cost of treatment

 

OCCASIONALLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

DO I HAVE TO DO A COMPREHENSIVE INTAKE?

No. Many people know that they only want to try one service at a time such as Family Counseling or Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) on its own. You may even already be doing other services with other providers. Though we always recommend at least a comprehensive intake, you do not need to pursue every recommended service. If you want to skip the comprehensive intake altogether, that's okay too. We will work with you in a way that fits your needs! 

 

DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR THE INTAKE?

Intakes are covered by insurance. We will confirm prior to your first appointment that your plan covers our services. Any out of pocket costs will be known and agreed upon prior to your intake. 

 

WHAT IF I DON'T AGREE WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE?

Recommendations are made for your review. We work with you to make sure the final plan is one you agree with. Our comprehensive approach emphasizes the important role the patient (and the patient's family) play in health and health care. 

 

How is therapy funded?

We accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, Blue Choice Preferred PPO, Aetna, Optum, United Healthcare, Compass, and Harken Health. If you do not currently have autism coverage, we can help you obtain an affordable plan with extensive treatment coverage. 

 

where are services located?

After the comprehensive intake, services may take place: in home, in the center, at school, in the community, or other needed environments.