Autism Spectrum Therapies Offers Tips for Parents on Selecting the Best Autism Service Provider for Their Child

December 17, 2009

CULVER CITY, Calif., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ — Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST), an agency providing behavior therapy and other autism services throughout Southern California, offers practical tips for parents on selecting the best autism service provider for their child.

“Finding the right autism treatment can greatly impact a child’s progress and future quality of life,” noted William Frea, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Chief Clinical Officer and co-founder of AST. “It is critical to start intervention as early as possible, ideally as soon as there is any suspicion of developmental delay as much can be done to get a child back onto a typical developmental track.”

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the most well-researched and scientifically-validated method for treating autism. Parents are advised to look for service providers that use a blend of ABA-based strategies to ensure programs are collaborative, fun and make measurable progress. These types of programs are often family-focused and incorporate everyday home routines.

Some important questions parents might consider asking when searching for an autism service provider:

  • Can you provide a basic developmental screening for autism?
  • Do you offer ABA-based therapy?
  • What specific activities can be done at home to support the child’s progress?
  • Will your agency work with the child’s teachers at school?
  • What happens during a typical treatment session and how many hours of therapy per week will the child need?
  • How involved will parents be in the day-to-day delivery of the child’s program?
  • Do you provide weekly/monthly reports on the child’s progress?

“It is extremely important for parents to find an established agency with experienced and qualified staff members,” Dr. Frea advised. “Parents should thoroughly research any potential agency. Find out what the therapists’ qualifications are for ABA and if their child’s program will be supervised by a Master’s-level staff member.”

Dr. Frea’s complete list of tips and questions for parents when selecting an autism service provider can be found on the AST website http://www.autismtherapies.com/PDF/Selecting_a_Service_Provider_Tip_sheet.jpg.

For more information about AST’s services, please call (866) AST-1520 or visit www.autismtherapies.com.

About Autism Spectrum Therapies:

Founded by respected experts in the field of autism, Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) provides individuals with autism with a range of services from infancy through adulthood, as well as comprehensive training and support for parents and families in their homes and communities. AST’s highly trained clinical staff uses scientifically-validated methods grounded in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, with customized services ranging from play-based early intervention programs, to classroom support, to building practical skills for independent living. AST’s intensive family-focused approach facilitates measurable, sustainable progress and helps individuals with autism achieve their full potential. The agency provides services throughout Southern California. For more information, please visit www.autismtherapies.com.

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