FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Patient Services Questions
WHAT ARE SOME OF THINGS ABA HAS BEEN PROVEN TO HELP WITH?
As a science, Applied Behavior Analysis is able to address any observable behaviors to either increase or decrease. ABA therapy at TCA is divided into two general areas: promoting skill acquisition and decreasing problematic behaviors. Some common behaviors that TCA addresses include: developing joint attention skills and eye contact, increasing receptive and expressive language skills, gross and fine motor movements, promoting appropriate social and play skills, as well as developing classroom readiness behaviors such as sitting at a table and working for an extended period of time or attending to a teacher. TCA also addresses any disruptive behaviors that may be causing problems at home, school, or work.
WHAT TYPE OF PATIENTS DOES TCA ACCEPT?
TCA accepts any patients who have a need for our services and that we are able to help. There is no age limit to the patients we accept. We will accept patients who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Asperger’s Syndrome, Pervasive Development Disorder—Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), Down Syndrome, and any other related delay.
DOES TCA PROVIDE A STANDARD PROGRAM FOR ALL OF THEIR PATIENTS?
No, every intervention plan is individualized to the patient’s needs. The supervising BCBA interviews the parents/guardians of all patients to know what the personal treatment goals are for each patient. Those desires are then joined with the results of various behavioral assessments to create a treatment plan.
HOW OFTEN DOES A PATIENT TYPICALLY ATTEND?
The timeframe is individualized to each patient based on the patient’s needs and the realistic limitations of the patient (expense, ability to transport, etc.). After the behavior intervention plan has been created, the supervising BCBA and the parents/guardians will decide on an appropriate timeframe.
DOES TCA HAVE A MINIMAL HOUR REQUIREMENT?
No, but TCA reserves the right to refuse services to patients who are unable to attend frequently enough to make progress. Most of our patients attend a session at least once a week.
WHEN ARE SESSIONS AND HOW LONG ARE THEY?
The length of sessions are individualized to the patient and the amount of hours weekly deemed necessary by the supervising BCBA. Therapists are available for sessions from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, see attached form below for preferred session breakdown times. All sessions are from Monday through Friday. TCA is closed on all major holidays. Due to staffing concerns, there is little flexibility with session times. For questions about session times, please contact Brooke Guidry, our CEO, at (337) 233-1167.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR BEGINNING SERVICES AT TCA?
First, TCA must ensure funding availability, a process that can be initiated by signing a release of information, which includes your insurance policy number and a copy of your insurance card. If you intend to become a private pay patient, you will not be asked to provide this information. Once coverage is verified, we will schedule a consultation to have staff members meet with the patient and their parents/guardians. After the consultation, the staff members at TCA will begin administering standard behavioral assessments. Once the assessments are complete, you will be contacted by the supervising BCBA to review and consent to the Behavioral Intervention Plan. Once the Behavioral Intervention Plan is signed, therapy will begin and the plan will be followed.
DOES TCA PROVIDE SERVICES WITHIN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM?
Yes, although infrequently. Patients who receive in-school services will be existing patients who are having a difficult time bringing the skills they learn in sessions into the school environment. In-school services are determined by the parents/guardians, school personnel, and the supervising BCBA.
DOES TCA COORDINATE WITH OTHER PROFESSIONALS SUCH AS SPEECH THERAPISTS, PSYCHOLOGISTS, AND TEACHERS?
Yes, the TCA staff is very welcoming to coordination with an interdisciplinary team. We are happy to support the patient’s goals in other setting including IEP goals.
Parents / Guardians Questions
CAN MY CHILD RECEIVE SERVICES FROM TCA IF HE/SHE HAS SYMPTOMS OF ONE OF THE DISORDERS THAT TCA TREATS, BUT DOES NOT HAVE A DIAGNOSIS?
We encourage all of our potential patients to first consult their primary care physician for a potential diagnosis. TCA is unable to diagnosis any disorder. However, if your child does not have a diagnosis, we can create a behavioral plan and intervention for them but your insurance will not cover services and you will be responsible to pay our out-of-pocket rate.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE PARENTS/GUARDIANS?
TCA is very respectful of both the the rights and responsibilities of our patients’ parents/guardians. As the parent/guardian you will be informed every step of the way. All of the programs included in the Behavioral Intervention Plan must have the consent of a parent/guardian prior to services. At any point, a parent/guardian may pull their consent for a program or for services.
HOW IS COMMUNICATION FACILITATED WITH PARENTS/GUARDIANS?
At the end of every session, the staff member who is working with the patient will write a short summary of the day’s successes and struggles as well as any relevant notes. At anytime parents/guardians can contact the supervising BCBA to review patient progress, remove consent for certain programs, or to add programs to the Behavioral Intervention Plan.
DOES TCA PROVIDE PARENT/GUARDIAN TRAINING SO THAT I CAN WORK WITH THE PATIENT AT HOME?
Yes, TCA encourages parent involvement.
CAN A PARENT/GUARDIAN SIT IN ON SESSIONS OR WILL I BE A “DISTRACTION”?
You are always welcome to be a part of the process, though we do require prior notification and relevant documentation if a parent/guardian would like to sit in on a session. Often parents feel more comfortable sitting in on the first few assessment sessions to get a feel for what our goals are. For various clinical reasons, we may request that a parent/guardian not be present for sessions for a period of time.
WHO WILL BE WORKING WITH MY CHILD?
Every staff member at TCA works under the close supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analysis. Furthermore, each staff member is a Certified ABA Instructor. In addition, all of our staff members are CPR and First Aid Certified. TCA also houses an undergraduate and graduate level internship program for the Department of Psychology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. All interns are closely supervised by staff members as well as their supervising BCBA and Internship Coordinator. Interns must be CPR and First Aid Certified, as well as Registered Line Technicians.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT TYPE OF PROFESSIONAL IS EMPLOYED AT TCA?
TCA currently employs three full-time Board Certified Behavior Analysts. To find out more information about this certification, please visit BACB.com.
IS TCA AFFILIATED WITH ANY OTHER ABA CENTERS?
TCA is not affiliated with any other ABA service provider. TCA is an independent, family- owned company and currently has only one location.
CAN I BE AN INTERN AT TCA?
Our internship program is run through the Department of Psychology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. If you are an interested student, please contact TCA at (337) 233-1167. Internships are on a per semester basis and may be used for course credit when applicable. The internship is competitive and not all applicants will be invited to participate.
I AM CURRENTLY STUDYING TO BECOME A BCBA. CAN TCA PROVIDE THE NEEDED SUPERVISION HOURS?
The supervision needed for BCBA certification may occur at TCA depending on availability. Please contact our office at (337) 233-1167 for more information.
I AM A PROFESSIONAL THAT WOULD LIKE TO REFER A PATIENT TO TCA FOR SERVICES. HOW WOULD YOU LIKE FOR ME TO DO SO?
Thank you for your referral. We will do everything within our ability to help your patient receive the services that they need. Please feel free to contact our office at (337) 233-1167 for referral information.