Q: What services are provided at the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center?
A: The direct services provided by the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center include full-time and part-time individualized intervention, behavioral therapy (Applied Behavior Analysis), physical and occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and diagnostic and evaluation services.
Q: How do I enroll my child in the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center?
A: To begin the intake process we ask that you complete a "Request for Services" form found on the Admissions and Fees page of this website. We will then send you a formal intake packet for your review. Upon receiving the completed intake packet, we will request a face-to-face meeting to discuss how we can work together to provide the individualized services you are seeking.
Q: How much is tuition?
A: Tuition and fees vary according to the services you are seeking. Please contact us for specific details regarding tuition and fees based on the specific services you are seeking.
Q: Where is the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center located?
A: Our Center is located near UNTs main campus at 490 S. Interstate 35E in Denton, TX. Click here for directions to the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center.
Q: What is the client to staff ratio?
A: We provide 1:1 individualized intervention for each client.
Q: Who is delivering services to my child?
A: All of our intervention coordinators are degreed in the field of autism, autism intervention, special education, child and human development, educational psychology, or other related fields. All associate interventionists are either degreed or pursuing a degree in a related field. The majority of our executive leaders, directors and executive staff members hold a Doctoral degree in a field related to autism. All direct service providers are board certified in their areas of expertise, including speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. In addition, all staff members at the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center exemplify our core values on a daily basis.
Q: What affiliation does the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center have with the University of North Texas?
A: The UNT Autism Center is housed within the College of Education at UNT. We also collaborate with other departments across campus in an effort to provide high quality services and training, and to conduct, publish, and disseminate autism research. Some of the departments with which the Center currently collaborates include: The Department of Educational Psychology, the Autism Intervention Program, The Department of Behavior Analysis, The Department of Speech and Hearing, and the Counseling and Higher Education Department. In addition, the Center works closely with the Special Education and Kinesiology Programs, and with the Office of Disability Accommodations.
Q: Why is my insurance provider saying they will not cover ABA therapy?
A: State of Texas House Bill 451, passed in 2009, requires a health benefit plan to provide coverage to an enrollee under the age of 10, who is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. This coverage applies to all generally recognized services prescribed by the enrollee’s primary care physician. The problem is that, in Texas, the law states that ABA “may” be considered a generally recognized service, thus allowing insurance companies to deny coverage for ABA. Some insurance providers also interpret ABA to be an experimental or unproven intervention, and they may require ABA to be delivered by a certified health care provider. The UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center is currently working to address possible changes in the insurance laws so that ABA will be recognized as an appropriate and research-proven autism intervention. The UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center is also working with a third party insurance billing provider to ensure the maximum reimbursement for all applicable services.
Q: Are there training opportunities for parents, professionals, and other community members?
A: Yes! The UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center is committed to providing inclusive training opportunities for parents, professionals, and other community members so that they can develop a deeper understanding of autism and how to handle the many challenges associated with raising a child with autism. In collaboration with other UNT departments, we plan on providing training in a wide variety of areas. In addition, the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center hosts an annual conference each summer featuring nationally recognized keynote speakers and presentations by autism researchers and experts.
Q: I am not sure if my child has autism. Can you help us?
A: Yes! Diagnostic testing and evaluations are an important part of our direct services. We have two state-of-the-art diagnostics rooms in which our highly qualified diagnosticians provide diagnostic evaluations and assessments in a variety of areas. We will provide you with a detailed assessment and plan for intervention based on the results of the evaluation.
Q: What are evidence-based practices?
A: Evidence-based practices are interventions and strategies which have been proven to be effective in treating children with autism spectrum disorders. The UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center will only provide services based on practices that have consistently been demonstrated to be effective by systematic research (for example, by the National Autism Center, The National Professional Development Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, and our own research investigations).