Maryland

10770 Columbia Pike, Suite 105
Silver Spring,MD20901
Phone: (703) 237-2219
Fax: (703) 237-2729
Email: MDinfo@achievebeyondusa.com

Maryland Services Offered:
Areas we serve in Maryland:
Insurance Accepted:

We are in-network with most major insurance companies. See Full List

Silver Spring, MD

ABA Therapy & Related Services
Clinic coming in 2021

Our professional and caring ABA staff in Maryland are driven to make a difference in the lives of the children and families they serve. Achieve Beyond services are provided in home or community environments, where we focus on creating meaningful learning opportunities that will help the child reach their fullest potential. Currently, we are offering telehealth services, as requested. We strive to collaborate with our families and team of professionals to address the diverse and unique needs of each individual and effectively achieve the goals of each child.

Achieve Beyond’s insurance program provides home and community based Maryland ABA therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder through medical insurance. Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)/Licensed Behavior Analysts (LBAs) create individualized treatment plans based on collaboration with the family and individual in order to ensure meaningful and functional goals that will help a child increase their independence and happiness.

Treatment is based in the natural environment and is carried out by our wonderful, professional behavior therapists and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT) and is supervised closely by our BCBAs. Family training and social skills groups are offered to our families to continue to foster growth and learning.

Our online practice management system allows for families to monitor progress instantly while also having the convenience to view session notes, invoices, and program goals. We are in-network with most major insurance companies and we offer private-pay options as well.

Pediatric ABA Services in Maryland:

What is ABA?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific, problem-solving approach designed to produce socially-significant outcomes. In other words, Behavior Analysts aim to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities using the science of behavior. With a focus on positive reinforcement and motivation, behavior analysis has become the leading therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as it teaches children functional behaviors to help them become happy and more independent individuals. The application of ABA is not limited to individuals with Autism, however, over 60 years of research supports its effectiveness in meeting the complex needs of this population.

Achieve Beyond’s MD ABA Program include:
  • Team consisting of Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and highly trained Behavior Therapist (BT) or Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
  • Verbal Behavior approach to increase language
  • Comprehensive Assessment with individualized goals focusing on increasing a child’s independence and happiness
  • Parent Training/Team meetings to encourage generalizations
  • Errorless teaching procedures to minimize frustration
  • Naturalistic teaching in a fun environment in order to capture a child’s motivation and keep them interested
  • Functional Behavior Assessment to determine why problem behaviors occur to determine the best strategies to teach
  • Functional Communication Training to replace problem behaviors with appropriate behavior
  • Social skills focused teaching plans and groups
  • Individualized, data-driven treatment plans are constantly and consistently updated based on the child’s progress
  • Quality Assurance mechanisms in place

Meet Our ABA Clinical Directors

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Gina M. Ballone, MS, BCBA, LBA, ABA

ABA Clinical Director

Gina Ballone has been working in the field of ABA since 1998. She first gained experience in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder during her undergraduate studies at Florida State University. Upon completion of her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, she decided to pursue her Master’s degree in Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis, having the privilege of learning under Dr. Jon Bailey and Dr. Al Murphy. During her graduate studies she co-founded an organization that provided ABA services to children, which is currently a practicum and assistantship opportunity for graduate students at FSU.

After completion of her graduate degree in 2002, Gina was offered a position at Behavior Analysis Inc, a leading ABA company in South Florida. During her work there, she supervised a team of behavior therapists, as well as developed verbal behavior programs, precision teaching, and behavior reduction programs. She conducted parent trainings/workshops and presented at state conferences. The company appointed her to be the Behavior Analyst to consult at the Miami Children’s Hospital, Dan Marino Center. She oversaw all ABA programs as well as conducted consultations to non-behavioral staff. In doing this, she had the opportunity to consult with Speech, Occupational and Physical therapists as well as provide training at the Dan Marino Summer Camps.

Gina has attended numerous workshops in Verbal Behavior, as well as advanced consultation workshops at the Carbone Clinic. She has presented at FABA (Florida Association for Behavior Analysis) as well as other conferences throughout the years. She was the Clinical Director of an ABA therapy clinic in Destin, Florida for 8 ½ years, where she also served as the practicum supervisor for the graduate students in the FSU-PC Master’s ABA program.

Gina became the Clinical Director of ABA Services at Achieve Beyond in the Virginia/DC Metro in 2012. She is passionate about using Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior to teach language and communication skills to individuals.

FAQ'S

Maryland Branch

For questions not listed please call our office at (703) 237-2219 or email at mdinfo@achievebeyondusa.com.

What services do you currently offer?

Achieve Beyond provides in home and community based autism therapy services (ABA) for children from birth to 21 years. We offer individualized, structured one on one sessions in a traditional weekly schedule. We are able to provide therapy in the areas of: Montgomery, Howard, Anne Arundel, and Prince George’s counties.

What insurances do you accept?

We are currently in network with most insurance plans. Our insurance acceptance list (link to insurance page) is updating on a regular basis. Please call us at (703) 237-2219 to confirm if we accept your insurance. We also offer affordable self-pay rates if necessary.

Our intake staff will obtain a quote of benefits, pre-authorization or pre-certification, but it is important to note that this is not a guarantee of payment from you insurance carrier. Payment cannot be determined until claims are submitted and responded to by your insurance carrier. Even after benefits and eligibility are
verified, you may still be responsible for payment in the event that claims are denied.

We also offer affordable private pay options for services that are not covered by insurance. For more information on these payment options specifically for your child please feel free to call our office at (703) 237-2219.

How do I get started?

Contact our office at (703) 237-2219 or click here (add link:
https://www.achievebeyondusa.com/index.php/component/rsform/form/137-refer-a-child-achieve-beyond-autism-services) to refer your child and obtain more information. If you are planning to use your insurance benefits, we can check with your insurance carrier to obtain a quote of benefits and an authorization or pre-certification. Once this step is completed, we will schedule an evaluation to determine if your child needs services. We can also provide additional services if you currently have and IEP or IFSP and are looking to supplement those services.  

What will you work on with my child?

We specialize in reducing increasing functional communication skills, reducing challenging behaviors byincreasing functional behaviors, improving play and social skills, and increasing daily living skills. BCBAs (Board Certified Behavior Analysts) will create individualized goals for your child and family after conducting an initial assessment, and will involve the child’s caregivers to ensure generalization. Our ABA therapy focuses on teaching your child functional skills in natural environment so that they become as happy and independent as possible. As we are providing services through medical insurance, we are not able to target academic skills, provide tutoring or babysitting services, and/or provide respite services.

*EI services are for children under 3 years of age with suspected or established developmental delays or disabilities. The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program funded by New York State. All children must be referred to the municipality to access services and the telephone number of the municipality must be included to facilitate a referral. Achieve Beyond’s programs are approved and funded by the New York State Department of Health. Services are provided at no out-of-pocket cost to parents, although health insurance will be accessed for reimbursement. Eligibility is determined by state-approved evaluators under contract with NYC, Suffolk, Nassau, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess and Orange counties. If the child is found eligible, services are identified in collaboration with the parent and must be authorized by the municipality. The municipality will arrange for service providers to deliver authorized services. When EI services are delivered in child care settings or community locations that require a fee, the parent is responsible for paying any costs associated with the child care or community location. Call 311 or (518) 473-7016 for more information.