My child doesn’t have a diagnosis because he/she is under 3. What can I do in the meantime?

Contact the Regional Center of Orange County (RCOC) to get your child assessed for Early Intervention services. Spectrum Behavioral Therapies is vendored with RCOC and we will be able to provide services for your child after he/she is assessed.

What takes place during the initial assessment?

The initial assessment is performed by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Your BCBA will ask to observe how your child typically responds to everyday situations. For example, if your child engages in tantrums when you deny access to a preferred item, we’d like to see that! During the assessment, if your child requests to […]

What is the timeline for starting services?

You will receive a Welcome email that includes an Intake Questionnaire. We will need this information for the initial assessment report.  A BCBA will call you to schedule an initial observation date. During this time, we will review your main concerns and observe your child to assess their needs.  The entire assessment can take up […]

If I have a diagnosis, why do I need an initial assessment?

Once you decide on a provider, they will need to perform an initial assessment in order to construct a custom treatment plan for your child. The assessment is necessary because it is the first step in your team of Providers getting to know your child and creating a program that is customized to your child’s […]

Does my insurance cover ABA therapy?

Verifying eligibility and benefits is done by contacting your insurance carrier. This process is necessary and can be cumbersome so, at Spectrum, we handle it for you!

What do I need to start ABA therapy?

A diagnostic report that states (1) an Autism Spectrum Disorder (F84.0) diagnosis as well as (2) a recommendation for ABA therapy. A copy of the front and back of your child’s insurance card

How do I get a diagnosis and ABA therapy recommendation?

Your primary care physician (PCP) can refer you to a specialist who can diagnose your child and provide a recommendation for ABA therapy if it supports the diagnosis.

Is ABA covered by insurance?

As of July 1, 2012, SB 946 generally requires health care service plan contracts and health insurance policies to provide coverage for behavioral health treatments for individuals with autism and related disorders.