Getting Started at The Puzzle Place

Application Process & Short Form

Step 1: Initial Intake

Our services begin with an intake with a member of our clinical team. This is a time where we discuss primary areas of concern, and determine if The Puzzle Place can meet your child’s needs. During this process, our team will determine eligibility for services and navigate the insurance process for you. You will be asked to fill out an application, provide proof of medical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, provide a prescription for ABA services, and provide proof of insurance.

Step 2: Assessment

The next step is to assess your child’s skill level which is necessary to guide the development of an individualized treatment plan. The assessment is conducted by a BCBA, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and covers the primary domains of functioning:

  • Communication/Language
  • Fine and Gross Motor Skills
  • Cognitive Skills
  • Social/Emotional Skills and
  • Self Help Skills.

The assessor will interview the parents and then use our unique Assessment Package, which includes a couple of research based assessments, including the VB-MAPP (Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program), ABLLS-R (Assessment of Basic Learning and Language Skills- Revised), ESDM (Early Start Denver Model), PEAK assessment (Promoting Emergence of Advanced Knowledge), as well as an FBA (Functional Behavior Analysis) as needed.

Step 3: Treatment Plan

Once the assessment has been conducted, the BCBA will evaluate the data collected to inform the development of a treatment package.
The BCBA will comprise an extensive report of the assessment findings as well as a specific treatment plan and behavior intervention plan (if necessary), including making recommendations for the number of service hours.
The targeted skills are then entered into our Treatment Portal in Central Reach, where each and every targeted skill is clearly written out so data can be accurately inserted and analyzed.
The Puzzle Place is dedicated to treating the whole child. This means that each child’s treatment plan will be compromised of various components, such as:

  • Direct ABA hours with a Behavior Technician
  • BCBA supervision and data analysis on a daily basis
  • Weekly Parent Training with a BCBA
  • Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy as needed
    Coordination of Care

Step 4: Scheduling

Once the treatment plan in in place, The Puzzle Place will find a Behavior Technician to fit your child’s temperament and personality.
Our treatment team is constantly updating each other so that no time is ever wasted in broken telephone. With their own qualified Behavior Technician and a schedule in place, your child is ready to begin his journey to growth at The Puzzle Place Center for Autism!

Fill out our short intake form to get started!

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