Parents and Caregivers

Welcome! This journey is never easy, but we are so proud of you for making the first step for your child. Every parent wants to know their child is cared for in a fun, supportive, playful environment while they receive the necessary therapy they require… and that is what we aspire to provide here at GBS. We understand how precious your children are, and our goal is to promote fun during therapy, involve parents in every step of the process, and help reduce some of your fears and anxiety about your child’s future.

We are here for you and your child. Teaching language and social skills to children with Autism is what we do daily. Let us handle the intensive therapy, and you be the amazing, loving caregivers we know you already are for your child.

Parents, subscribe to our Youtube channel for mini-trainings and guidance while you are waiting for services:

(the following does not guarantee placement at GBS. Final determination will depend on a variety of factors, including but not limited to: staff availability, space availability, your child’s specific needs, the general population of each Center/behaviors, and final admission decision by the Clinical Director. )

GBS welcome letter for new referrals: (entire packet needs to be filled out and returned to join our wait list)

Please copy and paste the link above into your browser to access our referral letter to new parents. It will outline the referral and intake process for you.

All parents/caregivers will agree to and sign our intake/Therapy Services Agreement in order for services to be enacted. Infractions of the agreement will result in remediation or discharge.

When you have all materials prepared, you can either mail them to our secure PO Box (checked weekly) or you may drop off the packet at one of our centers in a sealed envelope 

GBS C/O Dr. GarnerPO BOX 5082 South Williamsport, PA  17702

Fax: 570-209-5763
or you may call 570-435-8180 to schedule a drop off

In Williamsport: 138 Catawissa Avenue (accepting MA and most commercial insurances)

In Lewisburg: 1722 West Market Street, Suite 4 (accepting MA and most commercial insurances)

Once these materials are received, we submit to your insurance for initial authorization approval. This can take a few weeks to receive back. When insurance approves this initial auth, GBS staff schedule the intake with you, and conduct initial assessment for treatment plan development.

When the treatment plan is finished, we submit back to insurance with recommended hours for services, and again need to wait for insurance approval. Upon approval, we can begin services!

This process can take a few weeks to over a month, depending on your insurance.

Parents are responsible for copays and deductibles.

GBS will work with parents on daily co-pays and high deductibles (payment plans)

Funding assistance may be available (not guaranteed) through various sources, such as your local IU, social service agencies, grants, or as related service via IEP for different available services as determined by the team and demonstrated by data over an extended period of time. Discuss with your educational / therapeutic team and case manager. This is not a quick process, if your child is making progress in their current setting, please maintain them where they are. Collect data, be involved, and open discussions with your team.

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Parents are the best advocates for their children!

The Savvy Parent ABA Services Questionnaire is for parents seeking ABA services who want to interview various agencies about their services offered, staff, etc. Please feel free to download and use to compare agencies to secure the best services for your child.      

  1. Seek diagnosis early… often there is a very long wait time for diagnostic evaluation. Early intervention is the most effective!
  2. Call your insurance carrier and ask specifically if your child is eligible for applied behavior analysis (ABA) services, following the form questions.
  3. When you call GBS about providing services, you will need:
    1. Insurance information
    2. Child’s Date of Birth and name
    3. Current Psychological Evaluation with Diagnosis (within 6 months)
    4. Written order for ABA services

Informational Information for Parents

Billing Verification notes for parents

IEP Parent Guide in PA 2009

The Savy Parent ABA Services Questionnaire 2020

ABA Fact Sheet

Autism Handout

Autism Insurance Act Fact Sheet

What can I do as a parent or caregiver


Parent 101 Handout

Reach poem

Research Article on Center Based Programs vs Home Based Programs

Special edition of ABA-India NL Dec 2012