We welcome you to read through our frequently asked questions and, if needed, reach out to us with other questions! We've also put together a couple of helpful videos. Enjoy!
Who are we?
Brandis Center Inc. opened in 2018 at our office in Sturbridge, MA.
As a small company we take pride in our individualized treatment plans that are designed with parental input and written by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Our highly skilled Behavior Technicians (BT) will work with your child, one-on-one, to provide treatment under the supervision and guidance of a BCBA. Our center, located in Sturbridge, MA, provides one-on-one therapy, small group activities, and parent trainings in order to ensure your child is receiving the best care possible.
Our service area includes:
Sturbridge, Southbridge, Charlton, Dudley, The Brookfields, Spencer, Monson, Brimfield, and other neighboring towns.
Where is ABA performed?
ABA therapy generally takes place in a clinic-based setting or at home. Both environments have their benefits, and your child's treatment plan may incorporate different environments based on their needs.
Other environments may include community, camp, or other social programs. Your child's school may also provide ABA therapy.
What is ABA therapy?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy uses the scientific principles of learning and motivation in order to effectively teach.
It focuses on the idea that the consequences of what we do affect what we learn and what we will do in the future.
ABA seeks to improve specific behaviors while demonstrating a reliable relationship between the procedures used and the change in the individual's behavior.
ABA uses positive reinforcement to increase more positive behaviors & social interaction and decreases inappropriate behaviors.
ABA is implemented to ensure that each individual's programs are tailored to that individual's unique needs.
Who can provide ABA therapy?
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA): A BCBA is a Masters level, licensed, and board-certified person who will oversee your child's ABA therapy as a whole. The BCBA develops treatment plans, works with therapists, parents, and the entire team to ensure your child is reaching their maximum potential.
BCBAs train and supervise other team members (Behavior Technicians & Registered Behavior Technicians) on programs, and they monitor the data to ensure your child is making progress.
Behavior Technician (BT/RBT): A BT works under the supervision of a BCBA to help in ABA therapy. BTs have a significant role in implementing treatment goals with clients during ABA sessions. A major role of the BT is data collection. Data helps track and measure the progress of your child. BTs work with your child, most often one-on-one, to help support them to develop and increase socially significant behaviors.
Is ABA covered by insurance?
Most insurance plans cover all or most of ABA therapy. Contact your insurance provider to inquire about coverage, copays, coinsurance, and deductibles.
Do you have a wait list?
Wait time for new clients can vary. The mental health industry has suffered from a lack of staffing over the past few years, with no current end in sight. Reach out to us via phone or email regarding current wait lists.
How long is the process of starting services?
Length of time will depend on a number of factors included, but not limited to: insurance, obtaining documentation and referrals, scheduling, and staff availability. However, the entire process generally takes 6-8 weeks.
Do you offer weekend services?
Our clinic is closed on the weekend, however home-based services may be considered on Saturdays depending on the individual's specific needs.
Do you offer daytime services?
Yes. We offer services to childen who may be in preschool or younger during the daytime. We also offer afternoon/evening services to children who currently attend school.
Does my child need to have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder to start service?
Yes. You must first be given a diagnosis of ASD in order for your insurance to cover ABA therapy.
How often should ABA take place and when?
ABA therapy consists of intensive programming that is tailored to the individual's needs. Depending on an individual's skill level, as well as the range and level of the diagnosis, the frequency of ABA therapy will vary.
The amount of therapy and services needed should be determined by a qualified professional (i.e. BCBA), but the expected range of hours is typically 10-20 hours per week. Most patients will receive ABA therapy for 1-3 years before being discharged.
The earlier an individual receives ABA therapy the better. No one is too young or old to receive therapy. Ask your healthcare professional about ABA therapy as soon as a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has been given.