Highlights Healthcare

Services

Highlights Healthcare provides diagnosis and early intervention ABA therapy services for children with Autism. We specialize in serving young learners and families with Medicaid benefits.


Diagnosis and Early Intervention

An LPA (Licensed Psychological Associate) can determine a diagnosis of Autism using a state of the art, empirically based assessment instrument such as the ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) or CARS2 (Child Autism Rating Scale). The LPA takes time with the child and family to make observations through a series of interactions.

If an Autism diagnosis is confirmed, we will schedule and assessment with one of our Board-Certified Behavior Analysts to develop an individualized plan of therapy specific to the child’s needs and goals (if ABA therapy services are desired).

Our Early Intervention Program is fun, yet intensive. ABA therapy is proven to help children learn new skills to increase positive behaviors (like communication and play skills) and reduce challenging behaviors (like tantrums).

Our program implements specifically focused interventions that are firmly rooted in behavior analysis and developmental relationship-based approaches. Children (prior to starting a school-based program) attend one of our state-of-the-art Learning Centers for their sessions. Frequency and length of sessions are determined by the child’s individual assessment. Some service delivery in the home/community may also be recommended. 

Our program teaches skills in a controlled environment while ensuring those skills are generalized to the home and community. We believe every child has the ability to achieve great things, and we are guided by family-centered principles that demonstrate dignity and respect. Our program:

  • Provides specialized one-on-one session with the learner to improve basic skill areas including communication, play, self-care, learning, and social skills
  • Teaches new ways to communicate with the learner
  • Develops the skills that help prepare the child to learn, such as sharing interests with others, imitating others, or responding to words
  • Creates understanding for the reasons behind a child’s challenging behavior and how to help them
 
 
ABA Therapy (Applied Behavior Analysis)

ABA therapy involves many techniques for understanding and changing behaviors. Highlights Healthcare sessions are individualized to the needs of each unique learner and teach skills that are useful in everyday life.   Led by our experienced professionals, sessions can involve one-on-one or group instruction. By improving the life of the learner, we have a direct impact on the quality of life of their family.

It looks like play, but it is specifically-designed care.

The goal of our ABA program is to help learners develop skills that will lead them to become more independent and successful. Once an Autism diagnosis is made, our Board-Certified Behavior Analyst will assess the learner and develop an individualized plan for therapy. Through ABA we provide an opportunity to learn, grow, achieve, and have fun.

Services include:

What can I expect?

The level of service a young learner receives depends solely on their and their family / caregiver needs. All services begin 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.

The earlier therapy services begin, the greater impact they provide for the learner. Contact us to request an assessment for early intervention ABA therapy care. Our team will be with the family each step of the way for scheduling and what to expect.

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.