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Today is the best day for you to schedule an appointment for a consultation. Young children with autism who receive the recommended early intervention have a much greater chance, later in life, of living independently, securing employment and developing meaningful and lasting friendships and relationships with long-term research showing benefits for children as they grow and develop. When you contact the office, you will be asked a series of questions regarding the nature of your call. You will be given a time and date to meet with our clinical director.


The journey to begin treatment can be a very lengthy process. However, at Family Solutions and The Autism Center, we strive to provide the most efficient process to evaluate, diagnosis, make recommendations and treat your child.


Our process takes about 3-4 weeks to complete your child’s evaluation. This means from your first contact with our office to getting your child in treatment takes only 4 weeks.

Signs of Autism

 

Symptoms of Autism vary in presentation, frequency, and intensity. This is why the disorder is called Autism SPECTRUM Disorder. The following are symptoms and/or disorders that are associated with Autism:

Communication Disorders

Autism is most associated with poor communication or lack of communication. This is impairment in the ability to receive, send, process, and comprehend concepts or verbal, nonverbal and graphic symbol systems.

Maladaptive Behavior

Children with Autism are often associated with behaviors such as tantrums, head banging, biting and other inappropriate behaviors. These behaviors serve a purpose and allow the child to access desirable consequences for their behaviors.

Sensory Processing Disorder

Children who present with Autism may have a hypersensitivity to external stimuli. This hypersensitivity may affect ones sense, like hearing, touch, or taste. Or it may affect multiple senses. Children can be over- or under-responsive to the things they have difficulties with.

Eating Disorders

Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), also previously known as selective eating disorder (SED), is a type of eating disorder, as well as feeding disorder, where the consumption of certain foods is limited based on the food's appearance, smell, taste, texture, brand, presentation, or a past negative experiences. ARFID and Pica are often seen in children with Autism. Pica is persistent eating of substances such as dirt or paint that have no nutritional value is often observed as well.

Motor Deficits

Children diagnosed with Autism often exhibit poor development of function of body parts, usually a limb or limbs. This may be a result in muscle weakness, poor stamina, or lack of muscle control.

Obsessive Compulsive Behaviors

Obsessions and compulsions have been reported to function as a way of coping when the environment is unpredictable and as a means of helping to control the unpredictability. Anxiety often develops because of the unpredictability, and it is reduced when an individual engages in repetitive behaviors.

Social Skill Deficits

Pragmatic language impairments are related to Autism and Asperger Syndrome, but also could be related to other non-autistic disabilities such as ADHD and intellectual disabilities. People with these impairments have special challenges with the semantic aspect of language (the meaning of what is being said) and the pragmatics of language (using language appropriately in social situations). It is assumed that those with autism have difficulty with "the meaning of what is being said" due to different ways of responding to social situations.

Will private insurance cover the cost of ABA Therapy?

Many private insurance companies will cover ABA Therapy for individuals diagnosed with Autism, Asperger's Syndrome or Pervasive Developmental Disorder. A psychological evaluation and an order for ABA therapy are required for coverage of ABA services. Insurance coverage for services will be assessed prior to treatment or initial evaluation. As a courtesy, our office will check coverage for you.


The Autism Center

The Autism Center of North Louisiana is dedicated to provide a high quality of intensive, evidence-based behavioral treatment for children with autism spectrum and related disorders. We provide Applied Behavior Analysis services to children and their families in our clinics, in homes and in schools throughout North Louisiana.

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