Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is a recommended, evidence-based intervention for many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Depending on your child’s needs, ABA may be provided on a part time or full time basis that may consist of up to 40 hours per week of therapy. ABA is often provided in individual one to one sessions, but may be provided in a group setting as well.
In most cases, your child must have an established diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder in order to obtain ABA services. Many ABA centers may also require a prescription or referral for ABA therapy from your child’s medical provider.
Insurance coverage for ABA therapy is greatly dependent on your individual plan. Unfortunately, ABA is not covered by Medicaid or The Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP). If you are on one of these plans, or if your private insurance does not cover ABA therapy, there are grant funded options through Texas Health and Human Services Commission that may help you obtain ABA therapy for your child.
For more information on ABA therapy or for help locating a provider, please visit the links below:
- AutismSpeaks.org - Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
- FEAT-Houston: Families for Effective Autism Treatment
- Behavior Analyst Certification Board
- Texas Health and Human Services - Autism Program
- The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) - ABA Resources: What is ABA?
Behavior Therapy/Counseling/Parent Management Training (PMT)
Behavioral therapy/counseling can be helpful for children with a variety of diagnoses. Behavioral therapy may be helpful in retraining thought patterns, helping with self-esteem, teaching impulse control and self-regulation. Parent Management Training can be helpful in teaching parents strategies they can use at home to not only manage challenging behaviors, but to increase more positive behaviors as well.
Below are some links that may be helpful in locating a mental health provider for your child. We recommend contacting your insurance company for a list of in-network providers. The local mental health authority for your county can also provide additional information regarding services in your area.
- Psychology Today
- Mental Health America of Greater Houston
- Navigate Life Texas - Finding Mental Health Resources for Children
- Texas Health and Human Services - Search for Your Local Mental Health Authority
- Parent Management Training/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Ten Things You Can Do to Help Improve Your Child’s Behaviors
- Parenting a Child a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma