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Ryan's Law Goes into Effect
The new state law mandating certain insurance companies to pay for services for autism treatment is now in effect. Does your insurance cover treatment? Click here for a flowchart to help you decide if it should.
Carolina Autism is a contracted provider for many private insurance companies. Contact us to find out if we work with your insurance company.
The PDD Waiver for Applied Behavioral Analysis services
The South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN) has teamed with Medicaid on a bold new program to pay for state-of-the-art behavioral therapy for children with autism and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders. This program pays for in-home programs for children between the age of 3 and 10. More information can be found on the DDSN website.
Children with all types of Pervasive Developmental Disorders can benefit from ABA
Carolina Autism approved as PDD Waiver provider
Carolina Autism Applied Behavioral Services, a program of Carolina Autism Supported Living Services, has been approved as a Medicaid provider of ABA services through the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. Together these programs comprise CarolinaAutism.org. Our ABA program is directed by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Lottie Koster, M.Ed., BCBA.
Lottie presents at the National Conference of the Autism Society of America, in Nashville, in July 2005.
In Home Programming
Carolina Autism Applied Behavior Services, a program of Carolina Autism Supported Living Services, provides specialized treatment to clients diagnosed with autism and pervasive developmental disorders (PDD). Specialists work with clients and their families to implement interventions that are appropriate for each client.
Carolina Autism utilizes Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as its therapeutic philosophy. This approach, developed over 30 years ago, has outcome-based research to document its validity. ABA stresses positive learning experiences for the client utilizing the principles of errorless learning.
Carolina Autism strongly advocates interventions to begin as soon as possible and include family members and other caretakers to be an integral part of the treatment program.
Carolina Autism provides workshops and training sessions designed for all areas of expertise. Each training session and workshop focuses on the following goals:
Targeting skill acquisition and behavior reduction.
Highly individualized goal development.
Presenting interventions that are based on empirically validated research and best practices.
Treatment outcomes that are evaluated in terms of generalizations to real-life settings and maintenance of skills over time.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What services does the Waiver pay for?
The PDD Waiver pays for the entire ABA program within the limits approved by DDSN. This includes Program Development and Supervision, Lead Therapist services and the "Line Therapists" that come into your home to do the daily therapy with your child.
My Child was awarded a Waiver, how do I choose Carolina Autism?
You must let your Service Coordinator know your provider choice. Your coordinator will guide you through the process of acquiring our services.
How does Carolina Autism find therapists?
Therapists may be referred to us by families: for instance, someone already working with your child or someone your family has found, if they meet Medicaid requirements. Otherwise we will use therapists we have recruited and trained to work with children just like yours.
How much will these services cost my family?
The Medicaid Waiver pays for all the services your child receives related to their ABA program. You may have to purchase supplies for your program, including educational supplies, toys or furniture. These are not required but may be a part of the plan you and your therapist decide upon. In no case should you ever be asked to supplement the pay of your therapists or pay any "fees" related to the agency serving you.
How much therapy will my child receive though the Waiver?
Carolina Autism will conduct a thorough assessment and interview to determine the best fit for your family. We use that information to determine the number of hours per week to recommend. We receive approval from DDSN and then begin services, with your OK. Most children will be recommended to receive between 15 and 30 hours per week but some will receive up to 40 hours per week. Most children are also getting other important services such as OT, Speech and school services.
How do I know the people working with my child are safe?
Carolina Autism puts all prospective employees through extensive background checks, including SLED, National Child Abuse Registry and Sex Offender Registry checks. Additionally, each employee receives Abuse Training and training in how to deal with violent behavior.
Does the Waiver pay for RDI (Relationship Development Intervention)?
Although a valuable therapy, the RDI treatment strategy is not based solely on the principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis, does not utilize the PPVT/EVT and Vineland assessments, and is not included in the services paid for by the waiver at this time.
How do I apply for this program?
Please visit the DDSN PDD-Waiver webpage for instructions on applying for this service
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