Frequently Asked Questions About LittleStar
If you’re seeking help for an individual with autism throughout Indiana, read through our FAQs below. Then, contact the LittleStar team by either calling us or contacting us through this website. We’re here to answer all your questions and address your concerns.
What programs are offered at LittleStar?
We provide intensive, medically necessary ABA Therapy to individuals with autism, in a safe, kind, encouraging community environment. Our centers are located in Carmel, Lafayette, Bloomington, West Lafayette, Clarksville, and Newburgh. Our services also include in-home therapy as needed.
You can find our full list of programs here:
What makes LittleStar different from other ABA centers?
LittleStar is unique for many reasons, but mostly because of our high quality of care. We provide a place where individuals with autism learn to live in the world and families learn they are not alone. We operate with a “family first” philosophy — we view parents as our partners and an integral part of the team.
In addition, we staff certified professionals, provide full-time administrative support, have a nationally recognized advisory board and are 100% not-for-profit.
Learn more about the LittleStar approach here.
What ages does LittleStar work with?
We serve individuals with autism of all ages, ranging from 18 months to adulthood. Our team of seasoned professionals has expertise working with not only a variety of ages, but a range of specific needs.
Learn more about our age specific programs below:
What are the hours? Is your program year-round?
LittleStar is a full-service, year-round ABA Therapy center with general hours of 8:30-4:30. We offer programs for every age group, and therapy will be tailored to the needs of each individual patient based on their initial assessments. You can find out more about the LittleStar approach below:
- Early Behavior Intervention (18 mo. – 5 yrs.)
- Childhood Behavior Intervention (6 – 10 yrs.)
- Teen and Adult Behavior Intervention (11 – 19 yrs.)
Closure for holidays: Just like you, we need some time off with our families. A detailed schedule of LittleStar’s observed holidays will be provided to you at your first visit,
How do we get into LittleStar?
A team of experts will meet with you and your loved one to assess the appropriateness of ABA Therapy. Based upon the findings of the assessment, recommendations are made as to the number of hours per week of therapy and the initial treatment goals. Once it is determined that you are ready to begin services, the source of funding is then secured and staffing arrangements are made based on the anticipated schedule of attendance.
Find out more about Testing and Diagnoses.
What happens during therapy?
A therapy session differs considerably from person to person, based on specific needs. The Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who supervises and creates the treatment plan is monitoring and providing direction as to the focus areas for a treatment session. During a session the technicians have two primary goals: l) achieve as many learning opportunities as possible, and 2) keep the patient motivated. They achieve this while simultaneously collecting data, which helps the BCBA evaluate the patient’s progress. During each session the technician is trying to teach new skills, as well as maintain newly acquired skills.
How do I know my loved one is making progress? How often will we meet to review therapy and results?
LittleStar technicians who work with your child will document data throughout the day so his or her progress can be assessed. This information is reviewed with the family during parent meetings and training sessions, which take place at a minimum every six to eight weeks. It is a priority at LittleStar that parents remain informed regarding their child’s treatment and care. When appropriate, your child’s Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) will conduct home and community training with you and your family to ensure that new skills are transferring to daily life. Our clinical staff is devoted to the progress of all our patients. Your child’s BCBA and various Clinical Directors are present in the center during center hours and frequently review your child’s program information, check on progress and make adjustments as needed.
How soon can ABA Therapy begin?
We have a step-by-step process that will take six to eight weeks to complete and will ensure insurance coverage is in place for services. Once your family decides they would like to move forward with LittleStar:
- You will provide your loved one’s diagnostic report, which is required by insurance when the ABA treatment plan is submitted
- We will verify benefits
- You will complete an assessment package
- LittleStar’s clinical staff will complete an assessment with you and your child present. This is where your loved one’s individual treatment program will be created.
- We will review the insurance benefits and costs with you
Learn more about the LittleStar Approach.