We Exist to Support You
Welcome to Center for Autism Nurturing. Your family includes an individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and we commend your perseverance and patience. We exist to support your efforts and provide therapeutic solutions specific to your loved one.
Learn About Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is defined precisely by its second word — a spectrum. Some individuals with ASD might experience significant developmental delays, while others simply exhibit abnormal behavior during social interactions.
Autism Spectrum Disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder, but researchers have not conclusively defined why the condition occurs. Evidence suggests that certain genetic markers may play a role in adolescents who present symptoms of ASD. In any case, early intervention and an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) program can profoundly impact long-term social functioning, helping a child to more quickly develop alongside peers. Common signs and symptoms of ASD include:
- Lack of eye contact
- Lack of speech or delayed speech
- Difficulty maintaining conversations in a social setting
- Repeating phrases out of a normal context
- Not responding appropriately to pain
- Preferring to discuss specific topics on a regular basis
- Attachment to particular objects
- Repetition of physical movements
- Oversensitivity to sensory stimuli (sounds, textures, etc.)
- Excessive tantrums or actions of self-harm and aggression
Autism severity correlates directly to ABA program duration. After requesting an appointment, our staff at CAN uses a comprehensive assessment process that is administered by a trained clinician. This assessment helps determine how many hours of therapy will be recommended for your child. At CAN, we follow the three levels of autism severity outlined in the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). These include:
- Level 1: Support is required. While the individual with ASD often leads a balanced lifestyle, certain social situations can lead to stress and anxiety.
- Level 2: Substantial support is required. Communication may be limited and challenges in social environments lead to broader complications in the individual’s life.
- Level 3: Very substantial support is required. Specific medical interventions might be necessary and multiple therapy programs should be considered. An individual with this level of severity may struggle significantly with verbal and nonverbal communication.
Wherever your child or loved one is found on the autism spectrum, they offer a unique and welcome perspective to the world. Request an appointment to start a solutions-focused journey for your family.
Who is on my child’s ABA team?
Depending on your child’s schedule, they will have one or two technicians providing 1:1 therapy and one BCBA supervisor. The Site Manager and Clinical Director may also play important roles on your child’s therapy team.
Who is my point-of-contact for scheduling changes or questions about ABA?
Commuication is essential, and at Center for Autism Nurturing, we want you to know we are here to help.
Each location has a scheduling channel assigned for communication of scheduling adjustments and changes. Communicating through this channel ensures that all members of the team receive the necessary information in a timely manner.
A group communication channel is also assigned, which includes all the appropriate members of the care team to ensure your question or concern is addressed quickly.
For clinical questions about your child’s programs or behavior concerns, your assigned BCBA will be available to answer and assist.
What is the cancellation policy?
We understand that illnesses and emergencies happen, but we appreciate a notification before you take a vacation or attend scheduled doctor appointments. We allow 3 cancellations every 2 months unless unforeseen circumstances occur.
Is transportation available?
We do not provide transportation at this time. Parents are responsible for arranging transportation for their child to and from therapy that is held at the clinic. If the session is at home, our technicians will drive to your home and a responsible adult over the age of 18 is required to be home for the duration of the session.