Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
Q.What is the BFF goal?
A: Better Focused Friendships was created to promote opportunities to develop social skills, activity skills, positive attitudes, and behaviors to ensure that your child can engage in a variety of activities of choice with satisfaction and independence throughout their lifetime.
Q.How do I get started?
A: We would ask that your first step be to contact us by phone or email. Parent’s then will be ask to fill out our intake forms regarding their child. Once completed, we will follow up with a brief telephone (RT) screening with the parent. At this point we will determine how our services can help your child best and assist with scheduling an appointment. For more info please visit: OUR STEP’S
Q. Why is my child struggling in school?
A: When children are struggling in school, it’s important to find out why. It may be that a disability is affecting your child’s educational performance. If so, your child may be eligible for special education and related services that can help. As a first step, the school may need to try sufficient interventions in the regular education classroom and modify instructional practices before referring your child for special education evaluation.
Q. What is special education?
A: Special education is instruction that is specially designed to meet the unique needs of children who have disabilities. Special education and related services are provided in public schools at no cost to the parents and can include special instruction in the classroom, at home, in hospitals or institutions, or in other settings. This definition of special education comes from IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. This law gives eligible children with disabilities the right to receive special services and assistance in school.
B: More than 6.8 million children ages 3 through 21 receive special education and related services each year in the United States. Each of these children receives instruction that is specially designed, to meet his or her unique needs (that may result from having a disability), and to help the child learn the information and skills that other children are learning in the general education curriculum.
Q: How long do sessions last?
A: Most of our sessions run an average of 90 minutes, give are take. A normal breakdown maybe a 60 minute session with the child, closing with a 30 minute review with the parent.
Q: What is the cost of sessions?
A: The cost of each child’s sessions are based on his or her individual needs, the structure of each visit remains custom to the areas needed most. Please refer to our SERVICE PAGE for more infornation.
Q: Do you accept insurance?
A: NO, but we can provide you with a detailed receipt that you can use to request reimbursement from your insurance carrier. Whether insurance carriers will reimburse you, and how much they will reimburse depends on your insurance coverage.
Q: What type of therapy do you provide?
A: BFF provides Recreation Therapy services which refers to the specialized application of recreation for the specific purpose of intervening in and changing some physical, emotional, or social behavior to promote the growth and development of the child. Therapeutic Recreation may be viewed as a process of systematic use of recreation activities and experiences to achieve specific objectives.
Q: How long will treatment take?
A: Of course the length of treatment varies by individual, but (RT) treatment tends show improvement fairly quickly. Your child should see notable improvement in his or her social needs within four sessions. We typically plan on a course of about four to eight sessions, and adjust as necessary.
Q: Do you work with adults?
A: Yes, we work with young adults as well. There are a variety of areas that can be addressed, focusing on community resources. For example, applying for employment, applying for college courses or navigating life after high school. If you are an adult seeking (RT) treatment, we would be happy to provide you with excellent care.
Q: Do you treat conditions besides Recreation Therapy?
A: Kids and young adults with special needs are often dealing with other mental health issues as well. We work with children for who have learning disorder is their primary concern, but it is very common for our children to have secondary problems with depression, ADHD, or family stressors. If depression, ADHD, PTSD, or another mental health condition is your child’s main treatment target, we would happy to provide any assistance with care or a referral to a therapist who may be a better fit.