What does it cost to attend?

The cost depends upon the program and the number of days.

Does insurance cover the expense?

Some insurance companies cover the cost of ABA, however, the plans differ greatly.  The coverage usually comes through mental/behavioral health coverage.  Good Shepherd is in network with Cigna, Tricare, Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and OPTUM/United Behavioral Healthcare.  Please call the benefits line on the back of your insurance card and ask for Good Shepherd School.  Typically services are listed as “Enhanced Autism Services.” 

Do you have to have a diagnosis of autism to attend?

No.  The teaching/therapy style is based on the methodology of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and can be effective with any child regardless of identified disability.  Although most of the students in the school do have autism, others are not formally diagnosed, and some have other developmental disabilities.

How long do students stay at Good shepherd?

Good shepherd students vary in ability from a child with absolutely no form of communication to an intermediate or higher level learner.  The length of time that a child stays at Good Shepherd depends upon a number of factors including his/her skills at entry, number of days in attendance, goals for the child when he/she leaves, etc.

What is the age range of children who attend the school?

We serve children beginning at age 18 months and the school is accredited through the 8th grade.   

What are the qualifications for the staff?

A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with a master’s degree supervises all programs on a daily basis.  Of the two classroom supervisors, one has a master’s degree and is working on a second; the other will attain a master’s degree this summer.  Both have many years of ABA experience.  All instructors (many of whom are also Graduate students) are trained by our management staff in the methods of Applied Behavior Analysis and must pass a rigorous training competency program which includes direct supervision by a Program Coordinator and eight written tests.  All programs are overseen by a BCBA-D, which is a doctorate level psychologist who provides clinical oversight and direction to the school.

Does the school follow the traditional school schedule?

No.  The school is in session 12 month of the year with 1-2 week breaks.

Do you provide scholarships?

Currently we have some students on partial scholarships from the Lindsay Nichole Henry Scholarship program.  We do not have other scholarship money available at this time, but continue to look for revenue options.

What are the enrollment options for my child?

We offer multiple programs to serve a wide range of needs.  You can check out all of the options under “programs” on the menu bar at the top of the page.