Animated Explanation of Autism
Q: Can you diagnose my child with autism?
A: At EPCA, we want to provide the best care for our clients. To do so, we believe it is best practice to separate the diagnosis process from treatment process in order to provide clients with the most accurate diagnosis results while avoiding any potential conflict of interest. We recommend:
- Paul R. Cuppett, PsyD, Licensed Psychologist
(Network affiliated provider for: Blue Cross Blue Shield/Private Pay)
- Charles M. Rios, M.D Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (Network affiliated provider for: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, and Tricare)
Q: What age groups do you accept?
A: EPCA offers ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) services for ages 2 – 17 years of age for children. We also offer a program for adults 18+ years old.
Q: What programs do you offer?
A: EPCA offers ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) programs based off the individual needs.
- Children (2 – 17 years old): Specialized ABA programs catered to your child’s specific needs.
- Adults (18+ years old): The adult program includes increasing the individual’s overall quality of life through socialization skills, community outings, employment skills, life skills, and other individual needs based on the individual
- Parent training/support: Training is also provided to help guide parents through the techniques used in ABA to increase the likelihood of your child’s success outside of the clinic, in home, and in community-based environments. Parent Group is also available.
- Summer Programs: EPCA offers a Summer Program called “Summer of your Life” for ages _______ that include a daily schedule, in-clinic ABA services, social skill groups, sports, games, arts and crafts, community events, and summer fun!
Q: What is ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis)?
A: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), is a scientific approach that uses systematic evidence-based methods to improve the quality of life and increase socially significant behaviors in individuals diagnosed with autism. In other words, ABA changes the environment in order to change the behavior.
Q: How can ABA help my child?
A: The ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy method cannot only be used to teach your child quality life skills needed for independent living but can also teach them new ways of learning from the environment around them. Each child is different, so each program is catered to the individual based on their needs. The ABA method can be used to increase social skills, reading, academics, communication, hygiene, fine and gross motor dexterity, job proficiency, completing independent living tasks, and so much more.
Q: How long does a client stay in an ABA program?
A: Each treatment program is individualized to meet the specific needs of the client. This means the treatment needs of one individual maybe different then the treatment needs of another based on: age, diagnosis, and the individual’s specific needs. Although research has shown that average duration of treatment is approximately 2-3 years, our goals is to maximize your child’s potential at a pace that is going to be successful for them.
Q: What insurance do you accept?
A: Tricare, Humana Military, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, and Aetna*. If paying with private insurance application fees do not apply. If paying out of pocket fees may be applied according to your plan (Example: Application fee). *(DISCLAIMER: Despite the federal regulations for ABA services the Texas Medicaid program do not recognize Behavioral Analysts as a provider for services. Therefore, at this time, ABA services are not billable to Medicaid programs.)
Q: Where are you located?
A: We are located at:
1184 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, TX 76013
On the corner of 303 (West Pioneer Parkway) and South Davis Drive. Located in the business center adjacent to the YMCA
Q: What hours are you open?
A: Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm
Q: Is your facility a day care?
A: Our facility is a non-profit healthcare clinic that provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy to individuals who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Q: What is a good e-mail I can send information to?
Q: Who is working with my child?
A: At EPCA, our staff consist of 2 Texas State Certified Teachers, 2 Board-Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA), and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT) will be working together as a team to provide services to your child. Every staff member is credentialed with state requirements for working with individuals with special needs including: full background check, SAMA-least restrictive measures of restraint training/Non-Violent Crisis Intervention program, 40 hours of autism training, and Adult and pediatric CPR, first-aid and AED training. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) has also established both educational and experience requirements along with an exam for ALL levels of certification. We do not discriminate in our hiring practices base on gender. However, we can attempt to accommodate any gender preference for therapist.
We also integrate our adult program learners as employees within the clinic, PALS, social skills groups, and community outings.