Getting Started
After Intake with the company directors, your child will be assigned a BCBA. The BCBA will contact you to meet the family and conduct the initial assessments. The BCBA will identify an appropriate amount of therapy based on those assessments and will help you determine whether or not your child will qualify for center based or outpatient services or a combination of both. The BCBA will seek approval for services through your insurance companies and let you know the approved amount of hours. For younger children it is likely we will recommend up to 30 hours of therapy per week, as early intervention is proven to be the most crucial time of development.
ABA Terms
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the use of scientifically validated techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior. Today, ABA is widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for autism. It has been endorsed by a number of state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Surgeon General and most primary insurance companies. Applied Behavior Analysis provides treatment based on scientific observations and testing of best practice. The science is based on many years of research to provide the most effective treatments for children with Autism. ABA helps teach social, motor, and verbal behaviors, as well as reasoning skills, and works to manage challenging behavior.
A Board Certified Behavior Analyst is a credentialed professional who is certified to Assess, Create, Implement, and Oversee behavior plans based on principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. All BCBAs are required to possess a Master’s Degree in ABA or another closely related field such as Human Services, Education, or Psychology. They are also required to complete over 1500 hours of fieldwork in which they must directly work with ABA programs as well as spend about 50% of those hours learning how to work on ABA programming and data analysis. During that fieldwork they are also required to be supervised by a BCBA who helps guide them through their fieldwork and ensures that they are practicing techniques correctly and helping them to work on experiencing and teaching all areas of ABA in order to become a well-rounded BCBA. Once the coursework and fieldwork is complete, they sit for and pass their boards. So, each BCBA coming into the field is required to have gained a good amount of experience before becoming certified.
A Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) has the same role as an ABA Technician; however they carry the RBT credential which is a nationally recognized professional certification that requires more extensive training. RBTs are required to have completed a 40 hour ABA training, a competency assessment completed by a BCBA to insure they can perform an array of skills in the ABA field, and to have passed an exam. They are required to complete competency assessments yearly to maintain their credential.
Your child’s ABA services are funded through primary or secondary insurance companies. Accepted primary insurances are listed on our home page. Please inquire with your primary insurance company as to whether or not ABA services are included in your plan and the amount of benefits it will cover.

If you have not done so already, you should begin the process to enroll with Medical Assistance. Medical Assistance funding can cover your daily copays as well as cover services if you do not have primary insurance coverage.

There are multiple ways to apply:

  • Online, at www.COMPASS.state.pa.us.
  • By phone, at 1-866-550-4355
  • In person or with a paper application (English, Spanish) at your local County Assistance Office.
Beyond Behavior makes every attempt to limit your out of pocket expenses by billing insurance for our services. In most cases, you will not be billed any out of pocket costs! In rare circumstances you could be required to pay your daily copay. Additionally, if you are interested and enrolling in center based programming, you will have a one-time registration fee to cover cost of learning materials throughout the year.