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Clinical Services

TERI CLINICAL SERVICES

TERI Clinical Services has provided Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy in home and school settings since 2014. ABA is research-supported and a proven therapeutic intervention that can expand social, communication, and learning skills. The result is a significant improvement in the quality of life for children and adults with special needs.

What are the benefits of ABA therapy?

What are the benefits of ABA therapy? Benefits depend largely on your child’s individual needs. However, ABA treatment often results in children and adults:

  • Showing more interest in people around them

  • Communicating with other people more effectively

  • Learning to ask for things they want (a certain toy or food, for example), clearly and specifically

  • Reducing or stopping self-harming behaviors

  • Having fewer tantrums or other outbursts

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BROOKE TRAYER

Business Operations Manager

How does ABA work?

ABA involves several phases, allowing for an approach that’s tailored to your child’s specific needs.

  • First, you’ll want to consult with a BCBA. This consultation is called a functional behavior assessment (FBA). The BCBA will ask about your child’s strengths and abilities as well as things that challenge them. They’ll spend time interacting with your child to make observations about their behavior, communication level, and skills. They might also visit your home and your child’s school to observe your child’s behavior during typical daily activities.

 

  • Next, the BCBA will use their observations and other assessments to create a formal plan for therapy. This plan should align with your child’s unique needs and include concrete treatment goals. The plan will also include specific strategies caregivers, teachers, and the therapist can use to achieve treatment goals. This helps keep everyone who works with your child on the same page.

 

  • Once the treatment plan has been developed, it will be submitted to your funding source along with a request for ongoing therapy. Ongoing therapy will include Direct 1:1 Therapy as well as Caregiver Training, which is required by most funding sources. Your child’s therapist will teach you and your family about strategies that will help to reinforce the work they do in therapy.

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KRYSTI DeZONIA, Ed.D

Director of Education & Clinical Services

Who pays for ABA?
  • Insurance. Most health insurance plans will cover at least part of the cost. Talk to your insurance provider for more information. Someone in your human resources department can also help if you have insurance through your job.

    • TERI currently accepts the following insurance: Commercial Plans: Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, Magellan (BlueShield Plans typically go through Magellan for ABA Therapy), Healthnet, MHN, Molina, United Healthcare, Optum. Medi-Cal plans: Aetna, Healthnet and Molina.

 

  • School. Some schools will fund ABA for a child, though the school may want to do its own evaluation first. 

  • Regional Centers. In some cases, the Regional Center will fund ABA Therapy or Behavioral Consultation. To find out if your child qualifies for funding, speak to your assigned Service Coordinator.

  • Private Pay

What other Clinical Services does TERI offer?
  • Independent Education Evaluation (IEE) in the area of Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs): Subject to certain conditions, when a parent disagrees with a child’s evaluation obtained by a public agency, the School District must pay for an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE).

  • NPA Services: TERI is a registered Non-Public Agency (NPA) with the California Department of Education. Many of our highly trained BCBAs and RBTs are currently providing services in local district programs and student homes to support their academic and behavioral needs. Referrals are typically made by the district when staffing is needed. TERI’s NPA is one of our newest programs, so many districts are still not aware we provide this service. Our staff are highly trained to manage more intensive programs so TERI’s NPA is a great way to keep students in the least restrictive environment. 

 

  • Early Intervention Services funded by SDRC:

    • Project ImPACT: Project ImPACT is recognized as one of the most effective coaching programs for parents of young children with autism and related social communication delays. Project ImPACT teaches parents strategies they can use to help their child develop social, communication, imitation, and play skills during daily routines and activities.

    • ABA for children under 3-Coming soon!

 

  • Speech Therapy

    • Currently, we do not have any openings for new patients, however, we can place you on a waitlist for virtual sessions if you are interested.
       

Our TERI ABA therapists are accepting new patients with morning and early afternoon availability!

For more information about TERI’s Clinical Services, please contact Brooke Trayer at brooket@teriinc.org