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We know that raising a child with a speech, language, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) feels like the most stressful challenge you’ve ever tried to navigate. We also know that while you play the central role in your child’s development, you can’t do this alone. And the sooner you seek help, the better the long-term outcomes are likely to be. Let us work with you to implement a plan that will help your child progress toward closing the gap with her or his peers.
“Not every child who is nonverbal or exhibits
symptoms typically associated with autism
spectrum disorder (ASD) is at risk, and not every
child challenged by ASD exhibits all symptoms.”
— Abigail Bunt, MeBe Cofounder, Executive Director
At any age, possible
red flags for screening include
- Persistently nonverbal.
- Delayed language development.
- Constant repetition of words or phrases.
- Avoiding eye contact.
- Preference for being alone.
- Highly restricted interests.
- Struggling to understand the feelings of others.
- Upset by minor changes in surroundings or routine.
- Unusual and frequently intense reactions to lights, colors, sounds, smells, tastes, or textures.
- Repetitive behaviors such as rocking, flapping, or spinning.
Your child’s loss of any previously acquired skills—speech, babbling, or social interactions—is also a reason to seek medical screening for ASD.
What to ask a provider
Here are a few key questions you should ask any potential provider of Applied Behavior Analysis services:
- What are the overall goals of the program?
- Are staff members trained using online tools, or do they receive person-to-person instruction in a classroom setting under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)?
- Does a BCBA from the provider conduct an in-depth, in-home assessment of your child’s needs and capabilities before creating a treatment plan?
- Is the treatment plan developed in collaboration with your family and customized to incorporate individualized behavior objectives and learning targets?
- What methods will be used to increase your child’s communication?
- Will your family receive training in the ABA tools and techniques included in your child’s treatment plan?
- Does the plan incorporate family members into the teaching and reinforcing of key skills and behaviors?
- Do therapy sessions include data collection that can be used to verify your child’s progress and guide adjustments to the overall plan?
- Where will your child’s sessions take place—at the provider’s location, at sites where your child needs to practice specific skills, or a combination of the two?
- Will your child have the option of participating in group programs in addition to one-on-one sessions?