Hope Reach


In our Hope Reach program, we open minds by providing 25-40 hours per week per child of intense Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy focusing on language, behavioral, social, and cognitive skills. We provided over 88,000 hours of therapy last year. Hope Reach is the only nonprofit provider of this therapy in Upstate South Carolina. Hope Reach provides in-home and in-school treatment in Greenville, Spartanburg, Pickens, Anderson, Union, and Cherokee counties.

Clinical services are available in Woodruff, SC and limited shared space facilities in Simpsonville, SC.

Hope Reach uses a team approach when providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services. Each child’s treatment team consists of:
▪ 2-5 line therapists who work one-on-one in blocks of 2-3 hours,
▪ A lead therapist who provides weekly hands-on assistance and feedback, 
▪ A Board Certified supervisor who develops and monitors the child’s individualized plan; and
▪ Family members who implement the plan in “real life” situations outside of therapy.

To ensure that each child’s time is used efficiently, the treatment team (including family members) meet to evaluate the plan every 2-4 weeks.

  • What is ABA?

    ABA is a form of behavior analysis based on the findings of B.F. Skinner in the 1930s, including his book Verbal Behavior, published in 1957. In 1968, D.M. Baer, M.M. Wolf, and T.R. Risley defined ABA as the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree, and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement of behavior. They described ABA as having seven dimensions:

    • application (social significance)
    • behavioral (changes in behavior that are measurable)
    • analytical (controllable)
    • technological (replicable)
    • conceptually-systematic,
    • effective, and
    • general (persists over time, various environments, and spreads to other behaviors).

    In 1987, Dr. Ivar Lovaas published a study showing the efficacy of ABA in treating children with autism, a finding that has been confirmed in hundreds of published studies and endorsed by many, including the US Surgeon General.

     

  • Getting Started



    How do I get my child into therapy?

    Contact the Hope Reach office via email or at 864-476-7400. If you leave a message, please leave your email address along with your phone number.

    Someone from the Hope Reach office will send you the following documents to fill out and return or you can download them here to fill them out and mail or deliver them to Hope Reach.    

    Once all of these forms have been returned to us, the office will schedule a time for you and your child to have an initial intake meeting with the clinical director. You will receive a letter with the details of what to expect in your meeting.

    The intake meeting is the time to have your clinical questions answered. The clinical director will conduct a brief skills assessment and behavior analysis with your child and will walk you through a questionnaire. Billing and funding will be discussed during this meeting as well. The meeting usually lasts about 3 hours. Your child will need to be present at this meeting.

    At the end of the meeting, we will give you an information sheet detailing what needs to take place before therapy hours can begin. It will likely take about 2 months before a trained team is ready to begin services.

    After the intake meeting has taken place, any necessary assessments can be performed. The assessment requirements vary based on your funding source. During this time, your child will be assigned a supervisor, lead therapists, and line therapists. Services can begin once all assessments have been submitted, all necessary authorizations have come to our office, and your team is ready.



    Things to keep in mind

    We hire line therapists on an as-needed basis. This means that we often do not have therapists “ready and waiting” to begin therapy. We assess our clients’ needs and then hire therapists who will best fit those needs. We take your location into consideration, along with several other factors, to determine what therapists will best meet your needs.

    We have a clinical location in Woodruff, SC and limited shared space in Simpsonville, SC. If you are willing to bring your child to us for therapy, we may be able to get services started more quickly for you. Historically, finding therapists in remote areas of the state has not been successful.

    We provide intensive ABA therapy, which requires cooperation and follow-through from families. You may be asked to attend a parent training when your child begins services.

  • Potential Funding


    Ryan's Law


    Under Ryan’s Law, certain South Carolina insurance companies must cover Applied Behavior Analysis services.

    When did Ryan’s Law go into effect?
    It covers from the first renewal date of the insurance policy after July 1, 2008.

    What insurance policies fall under the mandate of Ryan’s Law?
    At this time, coverage is clear for two types of policies:

    1. Policies for South Carolina state employees, and
    2. Group policies with more than 50 employees that are written in South Carolina and are not “self-insured” policies.

    However, it is worth pursuing coverage with any insurance company because clarification of Ryan’s Law is still progressing.

    How do I approach my insurance company?

    We suggest that you fill out this form before calling your insurance company about coverage.  For assistance, contact Hope Reach at 864-476-7400.

     


    BabyNet


    BabyNet is South Carolina's interagency early intervention system for infants and toddlers under three years of age with developmental delays or conditions associated with developmental delays. BabyNet is funded and regulated through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and managed through South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness.

    Anyone (a parent, doctor, caregiver, teacher or friend) can make a referral by contacting babynet@scfirsteps.org or calling 1-877-621-0865.

    Children who have received ABA line therapy from their current ABA provider for a minimum of 30 days prior to the child’s third birthday will be able to transition into the PDD Waiver without a break in services. However, to do so, the child’s Early Interventionist must request this transition when the child reaches 33 months of age.

    Click here for more information.

     


    PDD Waiver


    The PDD (Pervasive Development Disability Waiver) provides funding for Applied Behavior Analysis services for a designated number of children with autism in South Carolina. To receive PDD Waiver funding, you must apply through the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN). There is currently a waiting list for PDD Waiver slots.

    Who is eligible for the PDD Waiver?  The PDD Waiver covers children from age 3 through age 10, who receive a diagnosis of a PDD (includes autism, PDD- NOS, and Asperger’s Syndrome) by the age of 8.

    How do I apply for the PDD Waiver? Talk to your service coordinator to walk you through this process. If you do not have a service coordinator, call us at 864-476-7400. Click here for more information about the PDD Waiver.

     


    Private Insurance


    Under Ryan’s Law, certain South Carolina insurance companies must cover Applied Behavior Analysis services.

    What insurance policies fall under the mandate of Ryan’s Law?

    At this time, coverage is clear for two types of policies:

    1. Policies for South Carolina state employees, and
    2. Group policies with more than 50 employees that are written in South Carolina and are not “self-insured” policies.

    However, we encourage the pursuit of coverage with any insurance company because clarification of Ryan’s Law is still progressing.

    We suggest that you fill out this form before calling your insurance company about coverage.  For assistance, contact Hope Reach at 864-476-7400.


    Other Waivers


    The South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN) provides two main Medicaid Waivers to fund services for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities:

    • ID/RD Waiver (Intellectual Disabilities/Related Disabilities) and
    • Community Supports Waiver.

    To receive a Medicaid waiver, individuals with disabilities must receive a Level of Care determination that states that the individual requires the level of care given in an Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded (ICF/MR). Services funded by the waivers include, but are not limited to:

    • Behavior Supports Services; LINK to our Behavior Supports Services info
    • Day Supports, including Day Activity services, Career Preparation, and Employment Services;
    • Respite Care;
    • Psychological Services;
    • Nursing Service; and
    • Specialized Equipment.

    Of these, Project HOPE Foundation currently offers Behavior Supports Services. ID/RD Waiver participants receive approval for this funding every 5 years. Community Supports Waiver participants receive an approval for funding every 3 years, and Community Supports services cannot exceed $10,986 per year. A Service Coordinator can help interested individuals and families apply for services and learn more about available funding. Service Coordination is provided by each county as well as by private service coordination providers. To request information regarding waivers or service coordination, contact your local county board or the South Carolina Autism Society.

    Greenville County Disabilities and Special Needs Board: 864-281-3960 Charles Lea Center (Spartanburg county): 864-472-7461 Laurens County Disabilities and Special Needs Board: 864-984-0355 South Carolina Autism Society: 803-750-6988

    Click here for more information regarding Adult Waiver Services.

  • Staff



    Highly Trained Staff

    The Hope Reach staff is comprised of over 115 individuals dedicated to helping children on the autism spectrum. The clinical staff is headed up by 9 Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and in addition, lead and line therapists work with children day to day. The administrative staff provides support to the clinical staff and families by scheduling, billing, communicating, and assisting with the intake process.

    To review the training qualifications for our therapists, visit our training page

    If you are interested in joining this talented staff, please visit our employment page.



    Program Director and Clinical Supervisor



    Mark Knight, BCBA
    Program Director and Clinical Supervisor
    Mark graduated with honors from Woodruff High School in 1994.  He graduated from Wofford College in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

    Learn more.

     


    Hope Reach Senior Supervisors



    Scott Braud, BCBA
    Senior Supervisor

    Scott Braud joined Hope Reach in May 2008. He has worked with children with autism since 1999. His first experience occurred in college.

    Learn more.
    Meghan Pangborn, BCBA
    Senior Supervisor

    Meghan Pangborn started working with Hope Reach in August 2010. She was first exposed to Applied Behavior Analysis during her senior year of college.

    Learn more.


    Hope Reach Case Supervisors

    To learn more about our case supervisors, please click here.

    Kimberly Hill, BCBA

    Kimberly Hill, BCBA

    Kevin Loeb, MS, BCBA

    Kevin Loeb, MS, BCBA

    Anna Craft, BCBA

    Anna Craft, BCBA

    Allison Petralia, BCBA

    Allison Petralia, BCBA

    Joe Clarey, BCBA

    Joe Clarey, BCBA

    Bethany Welborn, BCBA

    Bethany Welborn, BCBA

    Amber Travis, BCBA

    Amber Travis, BCBA



    Hope Reach Administrative Staff

    Lisa Hill -       Office Manager

    Lisa Hill - Office Manager

    Beth Moore - Intake Coordinator

    Beth Moore - Intake Coordinator

    Candace Morris - Community Liason

    Candace Morris - Community Liason

    Angie Peterson - Funding Coordinator

    Angie Peterson - Funding Coordinator

    Stephanie Derrick - Scheduling Coordinator

    Stephanie Derrick - Scheduling Coordinator


    Hope Reach Lead Therapists

    Click here to see a bio for each of our lead therapists.

    Arin Ball

    Arin Ball

    Hannah Blaha

    Hannah Blaha

    Les Burgess

    Les Burgess

    Meredith Collins

    Meredith Collins

    Maddisen Currier

    Maddisen Currier

    Aaron Dierking

    Aaron Dierking

    Cristin Fedina

    Cristin Fedina

    Meg Foster

    Meg Foster

    Amanda Friederich

    Amanda Friederich

    Lisa Gault

    Lisa Gault

    Krista Gorsline

    Krista Gorsline

    Marisa Griswold

    Marisa Griswold

    Alaric Gwynn

    Alaric Gwynn

    Brecken Harper

    Brecken Harper

    Joanna Haynes

    Joanna Haynes

    Erin Herbst

    Erin Herbst

    Taylor Hodges

    Taylor Hodges

    Andrea Hudspeth

    Andrea Hudspeth

    Beau Jackson

    Beau Jackson

    Stella Lantz

    Stella Lantz

    Katie Lemieux

    Katie Lemieux

    Kayla Lilly

    Kayla Lilly

    Bethany Matthews

    Bethany Matthews

    Marley Olejnik

    Marley Olejnik

    Laura Shields

    Laura Shields

    Alex Smith

    Alex Smith

    Jacob Steagald

    Jacob Steagald

    AnnaMarie Stoudenmire

    AnnaMarie Stoudenmire

    Casey Sumner

    Casey Sumner

    Jon Todd

    Jon Todd

    Shannon Tyner

    Shannon Tyner

    Niki Vanegas

    Niki Vanegas


    Hope Reach Line Therapists

    Elizabeth Anderson

    Elizabeth Anderson

    Sam Aughtry

    Sam Aughtry

    Hannah Barker

    Hannah Barker

    Laura Baxley

    Laura Baxley

    Emily Beason

    Emily Beason

    Michelle Biron

    Michelle Biron

    Cynthia Blose

    Cynthia Blose

    Wesley Bridges

    Wesley Bridges

    Wanda Brothers

    Wanda Brothers

    Camille Brown

    Camille Brown

    Anna Burgin

    Anna Burgin

    Joel Burton

    Joel Burton

    Joy Carter

    Joy Carter

    Kristen Cox

    Kristen Cox

    Mollie Creel

    Mollie Creel

    Ellie Daum

    Ellie Daum

    Sarah Diggins

    Sarah Diggins

    Lydia Durham

    Lydia Durham

    Christina Fernandez

    Christina Fernandez

    Katie Flack

    Katie Flack

    Hannah Foster

    Hannah Foster

    Lauren Prestino Friedrich

    Lauren Prestino Friedrich

    Amanda Garbutt

    Amanda Garbutt

    Rebekah Garbutt

    Rebekah Garbutt

    Sarah Gardner

    Sarah Gardner

    Candice Goewey

    Candice Goewey

    Tracie Goldman

    Tracie Goldman

    Becca Gossage

    Becca Gossage

    Faith Holley

    Faith Holley

    Hannah Howard

    Hannah Howard

    Hannah Johnson

    Hannah Johnson

    Abby Jones

    Abby Jones

    Madison Kelley

    Madison Kelley

    Nicole Kowalski

    Nicole Kowalski

    Allston LaBruce

    Allston LaBruce

    Erin Lang

    Erin Lang

    Joe Ledbetter

    Joe Ledbetter

    Jordan Lewis

    Jordan Lewis

    Katarina Lindahl

    Katarina Lindahl

    Taylor Logan

    Taylor Logan

    Kristen Lynch

    Kristen Lynch

    Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald

    Colyn McKenzie

    Colyn McKenzie

    Blair McNair

    Blair McNair

    Brittany Moore

    Brittany Moore

    Holly Myers

    Holly Myers

    Rebecca Myers

    Rebecca Myers

    Colleen Pruitt

    Colleen Pruitt

    Abigail Rausch

    Abigail Rausch

    Cierra Riddle

    Cierra Riddle

    Betsy Robertson

    Betsy Robertson

    Allison Safran

    Allison Safran

    Ashley Simmons

    Ashley Simmons

    Carlie Smith

    Carlie Smith

    Taylor Strutton

    Taylor Strutton

    Ashleigh Summerlin

    Ashleigh Summerlin

    Allie Thomas

    Allie Thomas

    Taylor Traynham

    Taylor Traynham

    Layla Tumler

    Layla Tumler

    Shelby Turner

    Shelby Turner

    Hayden Uldrick

    Hayden Uldrick

    Aaron Vidovich

    Aaron Vidovich

    Meredith Walker

    Meredith Walker

    Trish Walpole

    Trish Walpole

    Renee Waratuke

    Renee Waratuke

    Meghan Watson

    Meghan Watson

    Jenna Weech

    Jenna Weech

    Sharon White

    Sharon White

    Caroline Worthy

    Caroline Worthy

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