At Child’s Play Autism Centers, we believe that every person has the opportunity to live a fulfilling and enriched life. We know that every child is unique – from their deepest thoughts to the imprint they will leave as they encounter everything our world has to offer.

Our individualized therapy helps children grow into what they want to be. And just like you, we want to see your children thrive. That’s why our therapy is tested and proven, and our services are second-to-none. Need to learn more? Read our FAQs or look into our vast resources. Need help? Contact us whenever you have a question. Every day, we seek to embrace the life and potential of all individuals. We do this because this is your life. Together, we can make the most of it.

  • What is Autism?

    Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a general term for a variety of brain developmental disorders, and the severity varies based on the affected child. Autism is characterized by the difficulty to interact socially and communicate both verbally and nonverbally. These disorders can also be linked to intellectual issues and difficulties with attention and coordination, as well as unusual reactions to sensations or certain people.

  • What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?

    Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, is the observation of an organism and the relevant application of the science of behaviorism based on those observations to decrease behavioral issues and increase essential skills. ABA is most widely used in the mainstream as a method of identifying the specific needs of a patient in order to develop individualized instruction geared towards improving the symptoms of autism. This process has been proven to work as it assesses what skills the patient is lacking and initiates how they can be improved for the better.

  • What caused my child’s Autism?

    At this point in time, the cause of autism is not yet known. Those diagnosed with (what used to be) variations of autism, like Rett Syndrome and Fragile X Syndrome, have been recorded to have a specific gene mutation affecting brain function, which is the proven cause of their disabilities. Subsequently, these disorders are no longer a part of the autism spectrum. Scientists claim that most cases of autism likely involve a complex combination of genetic and environmental influences that have yet to be determined. Certain environmental aspects, immunizations, and chemicals have been tested and proven to be non-influential in the development of autism in a child.

  • I think my child has autism, but I am not sure. How can I find out?

    If you are noticing abnormalities in your child that involve a lack of social interaction and/or communication skills, unusual and repetitive behavior, or a lack of common interests, it is recommended that you talk to your pediatrician to set up a screening for autism. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children should be screened for autism between 18 and 24 months of age. After this initial screening, further evaluations can be done by medical professionals specializing in autistic behavior if deemed necessary.

  • How is autism diagnosed?

    Although there is currently no blood test associated with diagnosing autism, your child can be diagnosed based on behavioral performance. Autism screenings and more in-depth measures administered by a neurologist or similar can lead to the most in-depth results. Some distinctive behaviors that can lead to a diagnosis of autism include a lack of interactive and communicative skills and a display of restrictive or repetitive behaviors.

  • What can I do on a regular basis to improve my child’s prognosis?

    Your child is a unique individual and he/she deserves individualized treatment. Because our science and therapies are specific to your child’s needs, it is difficult to determine what steps can be taken to change behavior until we have learned more. Contact Child’s Play Behavior Analysis to schedule a visit or learn about our programs.

  • Are all people with Autism intellectually disabled?

    No, this is a common misconception associated with autism on a regular basis. In fact, people diagnosed with autism can be intellectually gifted in certain areas. According to Autism and Resources Connecticut, fewer than 50 percent of people with autism actually have an intellectual disability.

  • When should my child with Autism begin to receive services?

    It is very important to provide early intervention in your child’s development in order to make the most dramatic positive impact. Since young brains are the most flexible and make the most progress, early intervention is a crucial aspect of the developmental process and might even reduce the need for any intensive care later. Child’s Play Behavior Analysis welcomes children from toddlers to teens and encourages beginning therapy as early as possible.

  • How can I help socialize my child with his or her peers?

    A number of different techniques can be used in order to improve your child’s social and coping skills, especially when interacting with his or her peers. However, your child’s needs are specific to them. Blanket solutions and too-good-to-be-true solutions often prove to be just that. At Child’s Play, our behavior analysts provide individualized support that will help you and your child learn what steps can be taken to create a positive social environment.

  • Is there a standard treatment for Autism?

    Since each child’s case is different, there is no concrete, worldwide treatment for children with autism. However, there are many treatments that have been tested; yet most don’t have the scientific proof to back them. Child’s Play Behavior Analysis chooses to use Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as the preferred therapy because it has been proven to work throughout years of independent and peer-reviewed research. ABA is endorsed as a scientifically proven approach by organizations like the American Academy of Neurology, Autism Society of America, and many others. The Surgeon General issued a report endorsing ABA as a most efficient means of therapy for people with autism.

  • How does Autism affect behavior?

    Those diagnosed with autism often display disruptive or aggressive behavior due to the inability to communicate verbally. Those diagnosed usually express themselves through several types of behavior, whether it is violent, inappropriate, or unusual. These behaviors are usually to escape, gain access, seeking attention, or simply because they like or receive stimulation from it.

  • Is there medication for Autism?

    Currently, there is no specific medication for autism. However, there are many medications that can help eliminate specific symptoms of autism such as depression, anxiety, aggression, etc. Your physician may wish to prescribe medications to offset some of these issues. It is important to note that changes in brain chemistry can affect behavior and in a way that is impossible to measure. Repeated and/or rapid changes or instability in medication delivery can negatively impact behavior change by even the most practiced clinicians or ABA programs.

  • Can people with autism live independently?

    Some people diagnosed with autism are capable of living independently, however, many may need either partial or fully assisted living accommodations. Determining whether or not a person with autism can live by him/herself is completely based on the severity of his or her autism and how intensive and early intervention was possible to begin. A strong and early start with Applied Behavior Analysis is proven to be the most effective way to ensure the best life possible.

  • Can Autism be cured?

    There is no known “cure” for autism currently, but understanding that autism can affect individuals in different ways is important. Making sure that the most clinically proven forms of treatment are available to your child, at the earliest age possible, will give him or her a greater chance of experiencing reduced symptoms and living a happy, enriched life.

  • How will I pay for my child’s services?

    Currently, more and more private insurance companies across the nation are covering autism therapies. Unlike in the past, it is becoming increasingly easy to gain insurance coverage for ABA with a diagnosis of autism. Indiana led the nation in 2001 with its insurance mandate for autism coverage, and The Affordable Care Act in 2009 enabled individuals to purchase a policy for individual or family coverage independent from their place of work. Coverage for your child with autism is now as simple as logging on to your computer and purchasing a qualifying plan. There are also several other payment methods available for your child’s treatments such as Social Security Disability Insurance, community based waivers, and family grants to aid in autism related expenses. It is of important note that most of these taxpayer-funded programs do not, however currently pay for ABA services.

  • Why does ABA use edible reinforcers with children, such as candy?

    Edibles are used due to the fact that food is a very powerful reinforcer. However, the goal is to always to fade out the use of edibles over time and use more natural reinforcers like social praise as they become more reinforcing to the child through stimulus pairing during therapy.

  • Doesn't ABA just use bribery to get kids to do what you want?

    Bribes are never used in ABA as they are not an effective behavioral strategy. Bribery is ineffective because it used after a negative behavior has already occurred (i.e., If you stop crying, I will give you a cookie). ABA teaches individuals that rewards are contingent on appropriate behaviors (i.e., if I do what my mom says, I will get rewarded).

  • www.autismspeaks.org

    Autism Speaks is a leading autism science and advocacy organization. The site provides a nationwide comprehensive resource guide and shares a list of apps that parents may find useful, including games that focus on communication and social skills. GO THERE

  • www.autism-society.org

    Autism Society provides updates on the latest autism news and press releases, as well as maintaining up-to-date resources for professionals, family members and individuals with Autism. GO THERE

  • www.disabilityscoop.com

    Useful e-newsletter filled with updated information on developmental disabilities. Multiple online news sites have cited Disability Scoop’s experts, including USA Today and People.com. GO THERE

  • www.autismweb.com

    Autism Web is a site managed by parents that offers insite on various autism teaching methods. The site also manages a forum where parents can reach out to one another for ideas, support and commonality. GO THERE

  • www.autismhwy.com

    An informative and fun site that was created by a woman whose son was diagnosed with autism. Autism Highway is easy to navigate and includes many games for your child to enjoy. GO THERE

  • www.autismbeacon.com/home

    Excellent source of resources for autism treatments. Autism Beacon also provides a long list of informative articles including sensitive topics like bullying and sexuality. GO THERE

  • www.autismhealthinsurance.com

    The Autism Health Insurance Project, Inc. is a non-profit organization aimed at providing advocacy for families, providers, therapists and agencies. Its goal is to help children with autism get the health coverage they deserve. GO THERE