Our Offered Services

We offers a range of ABA therapy services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disorders.

Blue Sky Counseling’s Registered Behavior Technicians and Behavior Analysts are available to provide individualized treatment in the homes of the families we serve. ABA Therapy in the home is appropriate when involvement of siblings, parents and other family members id part of the behavior plan. ABA service provided at home supports the development of daily living and self-help skills in the child natural environment.

Home-based services also allow staff to implement treatment in the exact setting where the behavior will take place. For instance, teaching a child to use the toilet is most effective when taught in the natural environment instead of outside the home.

Blue Sky Counseling provides collaborative ABA therapy that focuses on support and guidance for all members of your family, and we are dedicated to providing those services in the environment that best suits each child’s needs.

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder often have difficulty demonstrating skills in different environments. To overcome this, we provide services in a variety of settings, including the community setting. Often a community-based setting may be the most appropriate environment for a child if they are able to learn in a naturalistic environment that is less structured and controlled and/or if the behaviors occur most frequently in the community setting. Our Registered Behavior Technicians continue 1:1 treatment plans in your local community. Examples may include working on appropriate behavior at the store, behaviors at the park or how to order at a restaurant.

When the ABA therapy is provided in coordination with other behavioral health providers and educators, the outcomes of the interventions are more significative. From classroom consultation to professional support, our clinicians are experienced in collaborating with school districts to ensure better outcomes for students, teachers, and other school district professionals.

Blue Sky Counseling Board Certified Behavior Analysts conduct classroom consultation to work directly with the teacher and support staff to enhance the overall functioning of their classroom to benefit all students, not just those students with autism. Consultation topics may include, but are not limited to, classroom design, whole group and/or individual incentive and reward systems, and teaching methodologies and supports that help students with special needs learn and reach their potential.

Many students with autism require additional support to learn in a classroom setting. Our professional and experienced team of Board-Certified Behavior Analysts can work together with educational team members to develop and support the implementation of student-specific behavior and learning plans.

AT Blue Sky Counseling, we considered as early interventions a critical process in the identification and treatment of behavioral issues in our young children.

Assessment: For our younger clients, we use a variety of developmental tools specifically designed to understand how your child is progressing in relation to age-appropriate developmental milestones.

ABA treatment delivery is planned and arranged specifically to each child and family. Blue Sky Counseling professionals provide parent education and training considering goals and values of the family as well as dynamics of the home.

How to access ABA Therapy with Blue Sky Counseling

Let us know which course of treatment you are interested in and we’d be happy to walk you through the application process.

These requirements and language are copied from the Medicaid Handbook for ABA services:

  1. Determine if Applied Behavior Analysis Services are covered by your healthcare insurance or contact our friendly office staff for guidance. Typically carriers will require a prescription from the Doctor for Medically Necessary ABA services. Some Carriers require additional documents and we are happy to assist you through the process.
  2. See examples of what information is required to initiate ABA services.

Florida Medicaid-authorization for ABA therapy

Dear Parent, we appreciate your interest in accessing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services for your child. We are excited to assist you on this journey, please reach out to our office as needed throughout the process. Gaining an initial authorization for ABA services can initially be challenging and frustrating, however we hope that this specific list of Insurance Mandated Requirements will help guide you in gathering the necessary documents for your service provider to successfully get ABA Services authorized for your child. To access ABA services through Medicaid insurance, the following items are required by the insurance carrier, this is a Medicaid mandate and without these items they will not grant an authorization.

These requirements and language are copied from the Medicaid Handbook for ABA services:

  1. Prescription for behavior analysis services, with a specific mental health diagnosis, SIGNED by a Neurologist (MD/DO) that is actively in network with Medicaid—ON A SCRIPT PAD FROM THE DOCTOR must state exactly “ABA services are Medically Necessary”
  2. A comprehensive diagnostic evaluation (CDE)-- is a thorough review and assessment of the child’s development and behavior using national, evidence-based practice standards, which may include:
    1. Parent or guardian interview
    2. Teacher assessment
    3. Diagnostic testing using tools such as: o Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) o The Childhood Autism Rating Scale – 2nd edition (CARS2) o Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised (M-CHAT-R) o Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales (CSBS) o Autism Diagnostic Interview, Revised (ADI-R) o Social Communication Questionnaire o Battelle Developmental Inventory– 2nd edition
    4. Hearing and vision testing
    5. Genetic testing
    6. Neurological and/or other medical testing

    The CDE must be led by licensed practitioners qualified to assess child developmental disorders such as:

    1. Developmental Pediatricians
    2. Child Neurologists
    3. Child Psychologists
    4. Child Psychiatrists

    Items that must be included in the CDE report are:

    1. Clinical findings
    2. Diagnostic recommendations
    3. Indicate what clinical instruments, screening tools or battery of test that were used
    4. Summarize the findings and make recommendations
    5. Include the F code for the diagnosis

  3. The referral and consent forms for Blue Sky Counseling we receive all the documentation from you, we will start the review and will be in contact if anything is missing. If you have additional questions or concerns regarding our services or the forms needed, please feel free to contact the Blue Sky Counseling office. We look forward to servicing your child.