According to a 2021 CDC report, 1 in 44 children is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Autism affects all ethnic, socioeconomic, and age groups. Once a diagnosis of ASD is given, finding quality support and treatment is the next step.
In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association grouped five neurodevelopmental disorders under the umbrella of the Autism Spectrum: Autistic Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Rett Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Today, ASD is categorized differently, depending on the level of support a patient may need: requiring support, requiring substantial support, or requiring very substantial support.
Finding the best support possible for a child with ASD can be a challenge. When seeking comprehensive behavioral therapy, children with autism and their families can experience provider shortages, issues with insurance coverage, and substandard therapy.
ABA Centers of America has risen as one of the premiere therapy sources for families with a child who has been diagnosed with ASD. By employing in-home and at-center ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy, ABA Centers of America brings a high level of expertise and proven techniques to autism support and therapeutic care.
Given that autism is a condition that lasts a lifetime, early detection and therapy are vital in allowing children to live the fullest lives possible as they grow into adults. ABA therapies have been widely researched and are some of the most used therapies for ASD support. ABA Centers of America’s unique business model and attention paid to all levels of autism therapy needs have made them a disruptive force in the treatment of autism.
“Our treatment centers use the latest proven advances in behavioral therapies to assess a kiddo’s functionality, analyze data, and then create individualized action plans,” says Christopher Barnett, CEO of ABA Centers of America.
With each individual level of ASD, a different approach is often the most beneficial. A child with high-functioning ASD, for instance, will require a different level of intervention than another who needs substantial or very substantial support. Because autism exists on a broad spectrum, the behaviors and markers for ASD can vary wildly from child to child, and ABA Centers of America meets kids with autism where they are, working patiently with each one, regardless of their level of therapy need.
ABA therapy has become recognized as the gold standard in autism care. Through delving into how behavior works and how the environment affects that behavior, outcomes from ABA therapy have been overwhelmingly positive. ABA Centers of America focuses on reaching treatment goals and partnering children with highly trained therapists who understand their individual abilities and needs, no matter where they fall on the spectrum.
“Our goal is to understand your child’s strengths and challenges with early intervention and help make meaningful, lasting changes in your child’s life,” says Barnett.
ABA Centers of America utilizes a number of therapy approaches to best meet the needs of children with autism. Early intervention ABA therapy has been proven to yield significantly positive results for children with ASD.As they progress over the years, older children and teens with ASD may need more tailored ABA therapy that speaks to their age-specific abilities and behaviors. Sometimes, a late diagnosis can require a more client-specific approach to therapy. Treatments should also address possible regression or loss of skills that can often occur in those with autism.
ABA therapy for adults can also be advantageous. Adults are typically more in need of assistance with activities of daily living, social skills, or learning particular skills such as dining out, shopping, or building a career. ABA therapy also encourages “soft skills,” such as non-verbal communication, which can be challenging for adults with autism.
Moving ABA therapy forward
As its name suggests, ABA Centers of America operates strategically designed, play-based therapy centers that offer the greatest opportunity of growth for young clients, ABA Centers of America also offers to meet clients in their homes, where therapists can forge strong relationships with the families in their most familiar setting. This unparalleled support sets ABA Centers of America apart from other therapy providers. By meeting clients where they are likely most comfortable, therapists can forge strong relationships the families and the clients that they directly serve.
The innovative approach fostered by ABA Centers of America is moving autism therapy forward. With a full continuum of care, patients and their families can expect expert care from assessment, to diagnosis, to treatment – all the way through to therapy outcomes.
Many families are unsure where to turn when a child is diagnosed with autism. By relying on the proven best-in-class approach of ABA, people with autism can expect to lead full, rich lives.
Barnett hopes that through ABA Centers of America, he has brought the best care available to children on the autism spectrum. “I knew there had to be a better way,” he says, “so I set out to disrupt this space and fundamentally change the way ABA services are made available to communities.”