Highlights Healthcare

Services

Highlights Healthcare serves families in need of services for Autism and related disorders from diagnosis using ADOS and CARS to early intervention and ABA therapy. We specialize in serving learners and families with Medicaid benefits and reducing wait times for diagnosis and services.


Diagnosis and Early Intervention
Our skilled team members conduct diagnostic evaluation services using ADOS and CARS to determine if an autism spectrum diagnosis is appropriate. We assess the child’s cognitive abilities, social and language skills, and functional ability of daily living activities. We work with the child’s parents each step of the way to discuss age-appropriate skills, the child’s strengths and challenges, and the results of our evaluation. Early intervention for learners on the spectrum leads to better outcomes. The earlier children begin therapy services, in the toddler and preschool age years, the greater impact therapy services provide. On therapy plans and ongoing assessments are individualized for each learner and their family to best meet their needs.
ABA Therapy (Applied Behavior Analysis)
The goal of our ABA Therapy program is to help each learner work on skills that will help them become more independent and successful now and in the future. ABA Therapy involves many techniques for understanding and changing behaviors.

What can I expect?

The level of service your loved one receives depends solely on their needs and what is feasible for the family. All services start with an assessment of skills in developmental milestone areas. The assessment, along with a family interview and records review, drives the development of the individualized learning and therapy plan.

ABA Therapy

The application of ABA therapy in the lives of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities supports their growth and development. By improving the lives of children, we have a direct impact on the quality of life of their family.

Applied Behavior Analysis involves many techniques for understanding and changing behaviors. ABA therapy can be adapted to meet the needs of each unique person, can be provided in many different locations, teaches skills that are useful in everyday life, and can involve one on one or group instruction.

The goal of an ABA program is to help each individual work on skills that will help them become more independent and successful now and in the future.

Focused ABA Treatment

Concentrates on a small number of treatment goals with fewer hours of intervention (10-25 hours per week). A focused ABA program may involve increasing social behaviors, reducing severe behavior that should be prioritized over all other goals (i.e. self-injury, severe aggression etc.) while teaching replacement skills and may also be appropriate for individuals who lack basic functional skills (i.e. toileting, feeding etc,)

Comprehensive ABA Treatment

Targets multiple affected developmental domains such as cognitive, communicative, social, emotional and adaptive functioning.  Maladaptive behaviors, such as noncompliance, tantrums, and stereotypy are also typically the focus of treatment. Due to the number of areas and goals these programs generally have more hours of interventions per week ranging from 30-40 hours.