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Getting Started

The first step is to complete a Client Intake Form.

Please reach out to us by phone or by email for assistance with any questions you may have about ABA therapy and getting started with Atlantic Autism Services, Inc. Our administrative team will ask you some questions to better get to know you and your child, the goals you have for your child, and help you determine if we are a good fit for your family.


Phone:  (252) 677 - 5100


The criteria to getting started with the Atlantic Autism Services, Inc.’s program includes a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Each client referred must display behaviors that are consistent with the core deficits of ASD and improvement within these areas meets the criteria for medical necessity. The family/client must agree with the developed treatment plan as well as agency policies and procedures related to service provision and financial responsibilities.

Getting Started with Atlantic Autism Services, Inc

Admission criteria are as follows: 

  • The client must have a primary diagnosis of Autism. 

  • Most insurance companies require a prescription for ABA therapy by a licensed medical professional.

  • Every client must meet the criteria for medical necessity as set forth by their funding source.

  • Family participation and agreement with the client’s treatment plan.  We will work with you to make sure our goals and the client/caregiver’s goals align. 

  • It is required that every family agrees and complies with the agency’s policies and procedures related to service provision and financial responsibilities. 

  • Referrals are typically received from the client’s medical provider. At times when our caseload is full, a referral will be accepted and placed on our waiting list. In the event that the client is referred and placed on our caseload, an assessment date will be given at the completion of intake.


We are in-network with many major insurance providers. We will verify your plan benefits for you and then go over the information we gathered from your provider with you. We will help you understand any out-of-pocket costs you may be responsible for (deductibles, co-pay, co-insurance, out-of-pocket max). We will need a copy of your insurance card. 

Once your insurance benefits have been verified, we will set up the client's initial assessment.  During the assessment, you can expect us to gather information about the client in the areas of behavior, play, communication, social skills, etc. The evaluation(s) will be conducted in a naturalistic setting through play and using other therapy methods such as direct instruction. A standardized assessment will be completed based on the client's age/skill level and insurance carrier requirements. These assessments can include the Vineland, PDDBI, SRS-2, ABLLS, or VB-MAPP.  We will discuss what the client's treatment plan may look like and walk you through the recommendations. A copy of this initial assessment will be sent to you upon completion. Once we have made sure the treatment plan and family goals align, we will submit it to the insurance carrier for authorization of therapy services.


ABA Therapy is always supervised by a BCBA, and then carried out by trained and certified Registered Behavior Technicians. Our team continually records data and milestones met throughout the therapy sessions to show progress or to make adjustments to your child’s individualized treatment plan. Throughout the course of treatment, goals will be updated and shared with you during session and parent meetings. During these meetings, you will be able to collaborate with the client's team and develop goals together.

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