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Autism spectrum disorder is the fastest growing serious, developmental disability, affecting an estimated one out of 59 children in the United States. With this number growing at a significant rate, there continues to be an unmet need for services.
Center for Life Resources Autism Program champions excellence in the delivery of services for families of children with autism. The program helps improve the quality of life for children on the autism spectrum and their families.
What Services are Provided?
Center for Life Resources Autism Program provides focused ABA services through local community agencies and organizations.
Focused ABA treatment is targeted to address a few specific outcomes instead of all developmental needs of the child. It is particularly useful when children have challenging behaviors and when improvements in social and adaptive skills are sought. Focused ABA treatment is used to target specific behaviors. The treatment might be to:
- Minimize a challenging behavior; or
- Maximize a social or adaptive skill in a specific area.
The treatment through our autism program provides treatment on the specific behavior. The level and intensity of treatment should be driven by the child’s needs. Since the therapist is focusing on specifically defined behavior, the treatment period is shorter. The treatment through our autism program Autism Program is limited to 180 hours within a 12-month period. The length of treatments received is limited to a maximum of 720 hours during the child’s lifetime.
Participation in parent training is a required part of the service. Attendance for the child and the parents must be maintained at 85 percent of scheduled treatment.
Who is Eligible for Services?
A child is eligible for treatment through the Autism Program if the child:
- Has a documented diagnosis on the autism spectrum made by a qualified professional.
- Is 3 to 15 years old (services end on the child’s 16th birthday).
- Is a Texas resident.
- We maintain a waiting list for the program.
14 signs of autism
- May avoid eye contact
- May prefer to be alone
- Echos words or phrases
- Difficulty interacting with others
- Spins objects or self
- Insistence on sameness
- Inappropriate attachments to objects
- Inappropriate laughing or giggling
- May not want cuddling
- Difficulty in expressing needs; may use gestures
- Inappropriate response or no response to sound
- No real fear of dangers
- Apparent insensitivity to pain
- Sustained, unusual or repetitive play; uneven physical or verbal skills