Richard B. Funk Center for Great Expectations

Richard B. Funk Center For Great Expectations

The Richard B. Funk Center for Great Expectations provides Applied Behavior Analysis services for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?

Applied Behavior Analysis is:

  • A scientifically proven method used to produce socially significant behavior change in individuals with disabilities
  • Focuses on increasing desired behaviors using reinforcement
  • Highly individualized
  • Progress is tracked by taking daily data

Decreases Problem Behavior:

  • Self-injurious behavior
  • Aggression
  • Elopement
  • Property destruction
  • PICA
  • Verbal aggression

Increases Appropriate Behavior:

  • Communication
  • Leisure
  • Play
  • Academic
  • Grooming and hygiene

Provision of Services:


  • Assessments which will tailor services specific to each child
  • 1:1 therapy with a Registered Behavior Technician and/or a BCaBA, with BCBA oversite
  • On average 10-20 hours per week based on assessment outcomes


  • Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia®(ACE), an online curriculum developed by the New England Center for Children in Massachusetts based on 35 years of research
  • The Arc Tampa Bay is the first provider of this curriculum in our region; it provides high quality individualized treatment and data analysis to quickly and effectively analyze the progress of the child.

Eligibility criteria:

Children with the following diagnostic codes supporting medical necessity are eligible to receive services upon referral from their physician: (age and diagnosis may vary depending upon insurance plan):

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder – F84.0
  • Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders – F84.3-F84.9

Insurance Plans Accepted:

Most major insurance companies accepted. Contact us regarding your insurance plan. *Florida Autism Legislation mandates coverage for individuals with autism by health insurers and health maintenance organizations that do not sign the Development Disabilities Compact.

For more information, please contact:
Phone: 727-799-3330 extension 7622
Services are provided at the Long Center located at 1501 N. Belcher Road, in Clearwater, Florida.