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Why should I select PineCone Therapies, LLC?
PineCone Therapies is one of the oldest speech and autism practices in the DFW area. The owner and Executive Director is committed to the pursuit of the client's progress and recovery.  Our client list includes families from across the state, as well as, agencies and school districts that include, but are not limited to:

  • Keller ISD
  • Northwest ISD
  • Carroll ISD
  • Grapevine-Colleyville ISD
  • Dallas ISD
  • White Settlement ISD
  • Birdville ISD
  • MHMR
  • DARS
  • Education Service Centers 2,4,6,7 10, 11
  • Leander ISD
  • Judson ISD
  • DeSoto ISD
  • FtWorth ISD
  • Lake Travis ISD

What are your hours of operation?
PineCone Therapies is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Clinic hours are based on client need and may be scheduled as late as 7:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, and on Saturday and Sunday by appointment and based upon therapist availability.

What is your cancellation policy?
There is no charge for cancellations received 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment. Failure to cancel less than 24 hours prior to the session will result in a $25.00 cancellation/no show fee.

Do you accept insurance?
Yes. PineCone Therapies accepts Blue Cross and Blue Shield, UnitedHealthcare, Magellan HealthCare, Cigna Behavioral Health and Tricare for ABA therapy. It is the patient's responsibility to call and confirm treatment benefits for speech-language pathology services with their insurance carrier, and to obtain any necessary pre-authorizations or referrals. In the event that an insurance company is billed and payment is denied, the patient will be responsible for the cost of services.

Do you accept DARS patients?
Yes. We are identified as a Department of Adult Rehabilitative Services (DARS) provider of speech and behavior therapies. Contact your DARS counselor for a referral to our company.

Is payment expected at the time of service for speech therapy?
Yes, payment is expected at the time of service except by prearranged agreement where PineCone Therapies is in network for your insurance company or has a contract with DARS and benefits have been verified. In that case, the co-pay will be collected at the time of service. In the event that an insurance company is billed and payment is denied, the patient will be responsible for the cost of services.

How are ABA treatment packages billed?
Prescribed ABA/VB treatment plans may be purchased in blocks of 10, 20, and 50 treatment units prior to service delivery.

How long are speech therapy sessions?
Speech-language therapy sessions are typically 30 minutes in duration and are recommended two to four times per week. The duration of treatment depends on the severity of the disorder, the age of the client, and associated physical, emotional, and social factors.

How long are ABA/VB sessions?
ABA and VB therapy is a prescribed treatment package. Research supports reasonable progress and recovery from some forms of autism when treatment is received 20 to 40 hours per week for 2 to 3 years. It is recognized that some families may be unable to purchase such an extensive financial commitment; therefore, each family’s time and financial constraints will be considered when developing the treatment package.

What is autism?
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a broad group of disabilities that cause a qualitative impairment in an individual’s language, relating and affect, play, and interest in materials and sensory integration. People with ASD may experience mild to profound difficulties in communication and social behaviors.

What is Autistic Disorder?
Autistic Disorder is what most people think of when they hear the word "autism." Individuals with Autistic Disorder show moderate to profound communication problems, social challenges and unusual behaviors and interests. Many people with Autistic Disorder also have intellectual disability.

What is Pervasive Developmental Disorder, NOS?
People who meet some of the criteria for Autistic Disorder, but not all, may be considered PPD-NOS. These individuals usually have fewer or less severe problems or may have had a later onset than three years of age. They may only have communication and social difficulties.

What is Asperger Syndrome?
Significant diagnostic controversy surrounds Asperger Syndrome. Most sources indicate that Asperger Syndrome is a qualitative impairment in social interaction and communication without significant learning or intellectual difficulties. People with Asperger Syndrome might be described as having a unique perspective and intense interests.

What are the symptoms of autism in childhood?

Recognition and diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder is happening at earlier and earlier ages. Once frequently not recognized until past age three, many doctors, psychologists, and therapists have now established caution signs as early as middle infancy. Some children express difficulties as early as birth and others have few obvious symptoms until 24 months or later. Regardless, children with an autism spectrum disorder might:

  • Not respond to their name by 12 months
  • Not point to objects to show interest by 14 months
  • Not play pretend games by 18 months
  • Avoid eye contact
  • Want to be alone
  • Have difficulty understanding the feelings of others or expressing their own feelings
  • Have delayed or disordered speech and language skills
  • Repeat words and phrases over and over (echolalia)
  • Get upset with minor changes
  • Have obsessive interests
  • Flap their hands, rock their body, or spin themselves or objects
  • Over- or under-respond to the sensations of smell, sight, touch, sound

(Some information on this FAQ page can be found at the CDC website:
http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/facts.html.)

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Specializing in Autism, Behavior, and Speech Therapy