To provide high-quality, medically necessary services to families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, Butterfly Effects clinicians are working to transition all ABA sessions to at least three hours in length. Three-hour sessions are helpful for families in the following ways:
- Longer sessions allow for additional learning opportunities across multiple settings and individuals. Our clinicians can teach independent play skills after a child is dropped off from the bus, making a snack, and telling a parent about their school day. ABA programs can also be developed to teach conversational skills during dinner, evening and bedtime routines, and appropriate play with siblings.
- Fewer days with ABA services allow families to schedule additional activities on other days. Families have more flexibility to schedule other therapy appointments, playdates, parent training sessions with the BCBA, as well as family-fun activities to practice skills taught in ABA.
- Fewer days of therapy at longer durations can also mean lower co-pays for families depending on the health insurance plan. For example, five days of 2-hour sessions will result in 5 co-pays versus three days of 3-hour session which will result in 3 co-pays.
- Longer session times also allow behavior technicians to maintain their employment with Butterfly Effects while navigating commutes for home-based services. More hours for our technicians with less drive time can improve longevity of employment which leads to less turnover for families.