Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. (National Institutes of Health)
It is a complex neurobehavioral disorder characterized by impairment in reciprocal social interaction, impairment in communication and the presence of repetitive and stereotypic patterns of behaviors, interests and activities. (Association for Science in Autism Treatment)
Autism is diagnosed through developmental screenings and comprehensive diagnostic evaluations. (CDC) Children are often diagnosed as early as 18 months through a medical diagnosis or educational determination.
A medical diagnosis is made by a physician, typically a psychiatrist, psychologist, pediatric neurologist or developmental pediatrician, based on an assessment of symptoms and diagnostic tests. An educational determination is made by a multidisciplinary team of educators based on observation of abilities and behaviors. (Autism Society)
First, know that you are not alone. There are many resources that can help throughout your journey. It is often most helpful to begin by reviewing educational challenges and developmental milestones with your child’s educators.
Then schedule an appointment with a licensed child psychiatrist or psychologist, pediatric neurologist or developmental pediatrician who can perform an evaluation and discuss your concerns to determine if your child has autism. (Mayo Clinic)
A child with autism can grow into a productive, independent adult. Applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy is recommended by the U.S. Surgeon General as an evidence-based best practice for the safe and effective treatment of autism.
ABA therapy is based on the science of learning and behaviors. It is structured, measures progress through data collection and provides positive strategies for changing responses and behaviors.
The number of hours depend on the specific needs of each child. After an initial assessment with one of our therapists, we will identify your child’s needs and develop a plan of action, including a recommendation on the number of hours of therapy needed each week.
Yes. For children diagnosed with autism, the Indiana Autism Insurance Mandate requires insurance companies to provide coverage for ABA therapy. At Great Heights, we accept many insurance plans. Feel free to contact us with any specific questions about insurance coverage.
Yes, we highly encourage parents and caregivers to be trained in ABA therapy. We know treatment is most effective when consistently reinforced with children.
We train parents and caregivers to utilize ABA therapy techniques. This allows for improved consistency and communication about your child’s progress. (Association for Science in Autism Treatment-Parent Training)
Give us a call at (260) 255-3665 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to meeting you and your child.