Autism Services

Chances are, you or someone you know—a family member, a friend, a neighbor, a coworker—has a personal connection to autism.

Autism, known also as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is becoming ever more common. In 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 1 in 68 U.S. children were on the spectrum. However, because knowledge about ASD has also increased, we can do more to empower kids and families living with autism than ever before.

What is autism?

Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are terms describing a complex neurodevelopmental disorder, which means it affects brain development. ASD commonly causes difficulty with communication, social interaction, sensory processing and behavior.

There is no cure for autism, but getting help early can greatly reduce many of its symptoms. With the right support, kids with ASD can do well in school, participate in activities they enjoy, build positive relationships and go on to lead happy and successful adult lives.

Montana’s Developmental Disabilities Program has data that shows the impact of intensive early intervention for children with autism: Progress Reports for the Children’s Autism Waiver.

Our Family Support Specialists and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) will partner with you to develop a custom program for your child. We use Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy – a proven teaching science to help those with autism successfully increase targeted learning skills and behaviors.

Your ABA plan will be based on short- and long-term goals based on your child’s needs. It is common to focus on communication, social and emotional relationships, self-help (dressing, washing, eating, sleeping, toileting, etc.) and community participation skills. A Behavior Technician will give your child one-on-one ABA instruction, under the supervision of your Family Support Specialist and BCBA. Your child will practice goals in settings that include the family home, the community and our learning centers. The amount of time we spend with you and your child will be guided by your individual treatment plan.

Research shows that parent education and family participation greatly improves success. Our goal is to help you play an important role in your child’s progress. Together, our professionals and your family will create a strong support team in helping your child develop his potential.

For more information, send a message to our Autism Services program or call us at 1-800-914-4779.