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Highlands Center for Autism is a center-based program in Kentucky exclusively using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in a clinical setting.
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Highlands Center for Autism is located, on the first floor, in a facility adjacent to the Highlands Regional Medical Center campus. The Center operates as a year round day treatment center and accepts children from earliest diagnosis through school age.
The program has a low child to staff ratio (virtually 1:1) and each child’s program is tailored to their needs. Multiple professionals and consultants are involved with each child's program. These individuals may include behavior analysts, clinical psychologists, speech/language pathologists, and behavior technicians. Consultations with pediatrics, nursing, and psychiatry are also utilized. Parents are asked to participate in their child's programming, attend seminars about ABA, work with their children at home, and attend meetings regarding their child’s specific treatment plan.
The Highlands Center for Autism team believes that all children deserve the opportunity to laugh and play, and to become healthy, happy and productive adults. Children with autism require specially designed services and support to reach those goals. We strive to meet their needs by:
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a science that uses behavioral techniques to teach children basic and complex skills. It works by reinforcing appropriate behavior while decreasing or eliminating challenging behavior. Opportunities for success are built into the program. Adjustments are made as children progress, helping them to function better in the world.
Children enrolled at the Highlands Center for Autism, through participation in ABA, have seen improvements such as:
Data is collected daily regarding each child’s progress within their specifically designed program.
Private pay is an additional option for funding services.
A: Autism is a neuro-developmental disorder, meaning it affects the growth and development of the brain. Autism typically becomes apparent during a child's first three years; often within the first 12 to 18 months.
A: There is no known cause. Many researchers believe autism is the result of a combination of environmental and genetic factors. However, autism research has increased over the past five years, and recent studies have shown promising links between such things as areas of the brain and autism. For a general overview of autism and theoretical causes, visit About Autism at the Autism Society of America.
A: Autism affects brain functioning, which interferes with the normal development of reasoning, behavior, social interaction and communication. Studies have shown that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly better outcomes.
Some signs to look for include:
A: Early intervention is defined as services delivered to children from birth to age 3, and research shows that it has a dramatic impact on reducing the symptoms of autism spectrum disorders. Studies in early childhood development have shown that the youngest brains are the most flexible. In autism, we see that intensive early intervention yields a tremendous amount of progress in children by the time they enter kindergarten, often reducing the need for intensive supports.
A: To date, solid research supports behavioral intervention as an effective method improving functioning in individuals with autism. No other treatments have proven effective.
A: While there is no cure for autism and children do not "outgrow" it, research indicates that children who participate in ABA programming, especially early on, show significant progress.
A: Contact Highlands Center for Autism at (606) 889-6115 or firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance with this process.
A: To find out more information about the services provided at our Center call (606) 889-6115 or email email@example.com
A: The costs of autism treatment vary, but are generally similar to the costs of psychological care. Some services, particularly diagnostic evaluations or clinic-based behavioral therapy, may be covered by health insurance. Check with your health plan for specific coverage policies. Highlands Center for Autism offers financial assistance. For guidelines and an application, call (606) 889-6115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org