FAQ For Parents
There are many questions loving parents have about our program. We invite you to call us to schedule a tour and to get detailed answers to all of your questions. Until then, below is a listing of frequently asked questions with simplified answers.
What are Positive Leaps hours of operation?
The Positive Leaps Day Treatment Center operates from 7:00 a.m. and closes at 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Does my child attend the Day Center daily?
If your child is accepted for treatment at the Day Treatment Center, your child will attend Monday through Friday, a minimum of eight hours daily. Our Center is open 11 hours daily to accommodate variations in parent work schedules.
Do you offer transportation for my child to your Center every day?
No. Parents drop off their children in the morning on their way to work, and pick them up after work. For this reason, our hours of operation are extended. Medicaid qualifying participants may be eligible for a transportation benefit and can be discussed during your facility tour.
What will my child eat while at the Center?
Parents pack a small morning snack, a lunch, and an afternoon snack each day for their child. Positive Leaps does not possess a catering license and therefore does not cook or prepare food products.
Are there food requirements for my child?
Yes. Information about what the State of Ohio requires for a parent to pack in these meals is discussed during your tour or intake session.
My child has significant food allergy / food intolerance. Will she/he be safe?
Yes. Since parents pack a small morning snack, a lunch and an afternoon snack for their child to consume each day, the parent is in control of what food is accessible to your child. Awareness of food allergies and intolerances are discussed during the intake process. Staff are trained in emergency responses and medication administration.
Do other participants in the Day Center bring in food to share?
Yes, but there are requirements. Any food product brought in to Positive Leaps Day Center is required to be nut-free. If a parent brings in a food item to share, we check to make sure your child can tolerate the product before it is shared with your child. You may also ask that no food offered by another parent (cupcakes for a birthday for instance) be presented to your child.
How am I as a parent involved in my child’s treatment at Positive Leaps?
Parents have an active and critical role in the success of their child at Positive Leaps. Your involvement includes:
- Daily drop off and pick up times each day when you can discuss your child’s day with his/her direct care providers
- Weekly counselling sessions with your child’s therapist and your child
- Methods training with hands-on practice at Positive Leaps so that you can take the learning to your home
- Drop in visits during the day are welcome-Just let us know you are coming
What supplies will my child need while at Positive Leaps?
If your child still naps, she/he will need a blanket and his comfort item (no pacifiers). Additionally, here is a list of required items:
- Complete change of clothing to keep in his cubby (locker)
- Box of facial tissues (to be replaced each month)
- Box of wipes
- Package of disposable spoons or forks, and a
- Package of Dixie cups (need a #) (to be replaced each month)
- Food: Morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack each day including a supply of milk
- If your child is in diapers, then provide diapers and wipes
- If your child is toilet training, then provide extra underwear and shorts/pants
- School-aged children will need the basic school supplies including: pencil, safety scissor
My school-aged child needs your program. What do I do about his school work?
Your child’s school will be asked to provide your child’s school work. The completed work is returned to the school. Frequently, parents are asked by the school to pick up and drop off work. Other schools prefer to mail it, fax it, or email the work. It is the school and parent’s responsibility to procure and return school work.
Will My Child Be Able To Return To Their Previous School / Early Childhood Learning Center?
The decision to return to a previous school or Early Childhood Learning Center is determined by that school or Early Childhood Learning Center and you. Positive Leaps welcomes and encourages visits by your child’s teacher/principal/school staff at any time. When it is time for your child to return to his classroom, your school is invited to attend a planning meeting and we assist in the transition of your child back to his “home” school.
How is my child’s treatment paid?
Your child’s services are billed to your child’s health insurance company. Positive Leaps is included on most private health insurance plans. Positive Leaps also accepts Medicaid, or Medicaid H.M.O.s, such as CareSource, Molina, Buckeye, WellCare, United Health Care Medicaid Program, etc. Positive Leaps works with you and your insurance company to determine benefits and payment.
Why does Positive Leaps look and feel like an early learning center?
A familiar environment is an advantage to your child’s ability to learn and produces less anxiety. By design, many of the activities she/he might encounter at Positive Leaps mimic an early learning center. Children with problem behaviors often struggle with their behavior at day care, preschool or early grade school. Mimicking that environment enables our therapeutic staff to recognize the function of misbehavior, and intervene effectively in “real-time.” The skills your child is taught at Positive Leaps will easily carry over their school or home environments.
What does it mean for Positive Leaps be “Accredited” by CARF?
It means that we have been inspected, approved and certified to the same standards as if we were a facility in hospital. CARF Accreditation assures consumers of health care services, third-party payers of those services, and community stakeholders that the Accredited entity provides quality health care services and operates responsibly as a business. Positive Leaps is Accredited in the area of Behavioral (Mental) Health, Children and Adolescents, Day Treatment and Out Patient Counseling. Learn more at www.carf.org.
Got More Questions?
We will gladly answer all of your questions. Schedule a tour of our facility and get your questions answered.