Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder related to the brain. ASD begins in early childhood and impacts how children perceive and socialize with others. ASD eventually causes problems in social interactions, communication and often includes limited and repetitive patterns of behavior. The term "spectrum" refers to the wide range of symptoms and severity of the disorder.
While there is no cure for ASD, early diagnosis and treatment can be very helpful in helping children gain new skills.
Why Choose MyMichigan Health
MyMichigan Health’s Pediatric Center for Rehabilitation and Behavioral Health offers a full range of pediatric services designed to help children of all ages reach their highest level of developmental function. Our therapists work in collaboration with parents and other caregivers to help children develop and enhance their physical, communication, behavioral and functional skills.
Programs are individualized to meet each child’s specific needs. Children are assessed, and programs are developed to increase children’s skills in the areas of language and communication, social and play skills, as well as adaptive skills and others. Decreasing unwanted behavior is also addressed using functional behavior assessments and targeted interventions. The overall goal is to help each child meet his/her potential and to increase their likelihood of success in all areas of life.
Also, in partnership with Community Mental Health for Central Michigan (CMHCM), we offer Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
What is ABA Therapy?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidenced-based autism intervention that follows a scientific approach to increase positive behaviors and replace challenging behaviors with functional skills. A Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) evaluates the needs of each child and tailors a program that will be implemented by behavior technicians through 1:1 therapy.
Therapy time is meant to be a pleasant experience for children, with playful interaction as the major means of teaching. Parents play an important role in the therapy process by participating in parent training sessions provided by the BCBA. In these sessions, parents will learn how to help their child generalize the skills learned in the clinic, so the new behaviors will be maintained at home.
ABA is also available through CMHCM to Medicaid-eligible youth up to age 21 who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Individualized and intensive interventions are provided for up to 25 hours per week in home, in centers, and in community settings.