Clinic-Based

ABA Intervention 

and On-Going Services

Now Registering for

SUMMER ABA

Clinic!

for Children who have Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities

Register Today!

717-945-6491

Please call to register and reserve a morning or evening session that works best for your child. 

Summer ABA Clinic

June 11-August 30

 

 Registration is

 Open thru May 25th

 

Location:

Lancaster Clinic

1630 Manheim Pike

Summer Clinic Hours:

Morning (8:00am-12:30pm)

Afternoon (1:00-5:30pm)

Intake and Assessment Requirements:

Intake and Assessment Appointments are required prior to the start of your session.

  • Initial Intake and Intro Assessment= 1 hour visit

  • At least one additional 2 hour assessment visit required.

  • Up to 3 or more 2 hour assessment visits may be needed to fully assess child prior to clinic depending on skill/behavioral levels

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is "ABA"?

"ABA is short for ‘Applied Behavior Analysis’,...

the science of observing, evaluating, and changing human behavior through arranging the environment and circumstances to bring about desired skills/behaviors and to decrease socially significant problem or ‘maladaptive’ behaviors.”

 

“ABA is a highly effective intervention to help children who have not met Developmental Milestones in a timely manner to get back on track, and acquire the foundation skills in vocalization, communication, problem solving, participation, and social interaction that are needed to develop higher level skills and function more independently in life." 

What is an "ABA Clinic"?

It is a chance for a family to try out Intensive ABA Intervention for a limited period of time in order to see how it will fit the needs of their child and their family.

 

Research in the field of Autism indicates the most effective intervention is “Intensive ABA Intervention”, and it is often prescribed by doctors for 25-40 hours per week as per indicated in the published research (see National Autism Standards Report). 

 

However, initially, that amount of time commitment per week may be daunting to parents, or that amount of intensive therapy may be overwhelming for a child who has not experienced this type of intensive treatment before.  Additionally, a 25-40 hour per week Intensive ABA Intervention treatment plan may limit the child’s access to other needed interventions such as speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, specialized preschool, and inclusion in a typical preschool setting.  We have seen new skill acquisition take place in shorter amounts of therapy time, and are offering these shorter 15 hour per week, 6-week & 8-week sessions as a more practical introduction to Intensive ABA Intervention for the child and the family. 

Do we have to commit to 5 days per week and the whole 12 week Summer clinic?

Commitment to the majority of sessions is very important for your child.

 

We do ask that you commit for the majority of sessions in order to allow enough time to provide a therapeutically effective number of trials and behavioral shaping of the new skills that you are seeking for your child. We understand that Summer can be a time for traveling and family time. Limited session time off can be coordinated with the provider prior to starting sessions.

Where will the intervention take place for these short-term clinic sessions?

In our outpatient offices at

1630 Manheim Pike, Lancaster, PA

We also provide in-home and in-daycare/in-school services for our clients, however, in order to experience the full effect of what Intensive ABA Intervention can do for your child, we find that starting services in our offices helps to more effectively shape the initial behaviors that we are seeking to bring about. 

 

The reason for this is that it is an environment which we can control and manipulate which is much more difficult to do in a clients home or school. 

After trying a short-term clinic, if a family would like to continue ABA services with us, we would develop a plan together that would include where and when services would best be provided to suit the therapeutic needs of the child, and the practical needs of the family.

Can we enroll our child in both the morning and afternoon clinic?

Yes, through specific request.

The purpose of the Introductory sessions is to introduce Intensive ABA Intervention into the overall treatment plan of individual children. The sessions were designed for new clients to attend either the morning or afternoon session.  However, the needs of each client will be evaluated through the Intake and Assessment process prior to the start of the session and, therefore, can be individualized as per this process. 

Can my child begin services without attending the clinic?

Yes!

The purpose of the short term clinic sessions is to give you an opportunity to decide if Intensive ABA Intervention is the treatment path that will best fit your child and family's needs.  If you are already sure ABA is the best option for your child then we encourage you to reach out to start on-going services.

Children do not have to participate in the short-term clinics in order to receive Intensive ABA Intervention in our offices on an on-going basis or to receive any other home-based or school-based ABA services that we offer. If interested, you may contact us at 717-945-6491 to discuss beginning services as an on-going client.

How are clinics paid for?

Private Health Insurance Coverage (with a diagnosis of Autism) or private pay at this time.

We are happy to consider and discuss alternate funding sources.

In the state of Pennsylvania, private health insurance companies are required to provide ABA coverage to member children who have been diagnosed with Autism (there are some exceptions).  We are currently credentialed with five private health insurance companies, and are willing to contract out-of-network or enter into the credentialing process with most other private health insurance companies with whom we are not already serving.

 

Due to being a small, private ABA practice, we are not yet able to offer services under M.A. [Medical Assistance] or any of the M.A. Managed Care Providers, due to the additional resources they require a particular practice to have within their capacity.

 

We also accept private pay clients, and are willing to work with families in regards to other funding sources that they may have identified for these services.

Swank Early Skills Development

1630 Manheim Pike

Ste 2, Box 16  

Lancaster, PA 17601             

Hours of Intervention Service:

9am to 5pm - Monday through Friday

Office Hours are by appointment only.

Please call our office at the number provided.

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