We are happy to answer any questions you may have!

What is ABA

ABA is a therapy based on the science of learning and behavior. Behavior analysis helps us understand: How behavior works; How behavior is affected by the environment; How learning takes place; ABA therapy applies our understanding of how behavior works to real situations.

Does my child need an autism diagnosis to access your services?

Yes, we will need a copy of your child’s autism diagnosis report.

What is the schedule for Center-Based services for preschool-age children (ages 5 and younger)?

Center-based services are 9:00-3:30 Monday through Friday. Schedules may vary within that time frame.

What is the schedule for Social Skills Groups for school-age children (ages 5 and older)?

Social Skills Groups meet at the center during after school hours Monday – Thursday.

What is the schedule for In-Home services?

In-Home services are scheduled based on the child’s availability, the parent’s preferences, and the availability of staff to provide and supervise the services

How are SSAC services paid for?

SSAC services are generally covered by your child’s health insurance. We are in network with the following insurance providers: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Beacon Health Options,Mass Health, Tufts, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, Optum, Allways, United Healthcare, and GIC Unicare, Fallon Health and Boston Medical Center Healthnet (BMC). Families may be responsible for deductibles and co-payments. Secondary health insurance may be an option to cover these payments.

How long is your waitlist?

The time on the waitlist varies depending on the type of service needed, the child’s availability, and current space and staffing limitations. You can contact the center at (781) 421-6182 to inquire. You can always add your child to the waitlist without any obligation, as openings do become available.

What is your treatment model?

SSAC uses Naturalistic ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) to address prosocial behaviors such as communication, social engagement, play, imitation, independence, and classroom readiness as well as any challenging behaviors to be reduced. Our instruction happens during naturally occurring routines to capture the child’s motivation and to improve generalization to the “real world”.

My child is not yet toilet trained. Is this a problem?

No, it is not a problem. Children at SSAC are not required to be toilet trained to receive services. Moreover, our staff have extensive experience supporting children in learning to use the toilet appropriately.

Do you work with children who have other diagnoses?

Yes, all children who receive services through SSAC have an autism diagnosis, however, children can have an addition diagnosis as well.

My child needs other services in addition to ABA (e.g., speech, OT, PT). Do you offer these services at SSAC, or will you work with the person already providing these services to my child?

For preschool children participating in center-based services, SSAC offers limited speech services as well as feeding therapy available at the center depending on your insurance provider, child’s clinical needs, and hours your child attends SSAC. We do not currently offer OT or PT services. Your child’s BCBA will be happy to collaborate with any outside service providers.

Does the center provide transportation? Flexible schedules?

All transportation to and from the center is provided, or coordinated by, the family of the child. Your medical insurance does not cover transportation costs.

How do I get started?

If you would like to take the next step in learning more about services through SSAC, please call the office at (781) 421-6182, email intake@southshoreautismcenter.com

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