Frequently asked questions
What causes autism?
Research suggests that the risk of autism development arises from a combination of genetic and non-genetic, or environmental, influences. Other risks that increase the likelihood of developing autism are parents over 40 years of age; pregnancy and/ or birth complications, such as extreme premature birth, low birth weight, or multiple pregnancies (twins, triplets, etc.); and pregnancies spaced less than a year apart from one another.
How do I know if my child has Autism?
Signs that may identify the need for an ASD screening:
- Does not talk or suddenly stops talking
- Does not make eye contact
- Does not return smiles
- Not interested in other children
- Lags behind same age children in skills
- Has temper outbursts or tantrums — “melt downs”
- Does not respond to his or her name
- Does not like to cuddle
- Is sensitive to clothing and textures
- Has limited food preferences
- Does not respond to his or her name by 12 months
- Does not point at objects to show interest by 14 months
- Does not play "pretend" games at 18 months/ lack of spontaneous or make- believe play
- Avoids eye contact and want to be alone
- Has trouble understanding other people's feelings or talking about their own feelings
- Has delayed speech and language skills
- Repeats words or phrases over and over
- Gives unrelated answers to questions
- Gets upset by minor changes
- Has obsessive interests (e.g. persistent fixation on arts of object)
- Flaps hands, rock their body, or spin in circles
- Has unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel
What are possible signs of Autism in babies and toddlers?
- 6 months: No social smiles or other joyful expressions directed toward people
- 6 months: Limited to no eye contact
- 9 months: No vocal sounds, smiles or other nonverbal communication
- 2 months: No babbling
- 12 months: No use of gestures to communicate (e.g. pointing, reaching, waving etc.)
- 12 months: No response to name when called
- 16 months: No words
- 24 months: No meaningful, two-word phrases
- Any loss of any previously acquired speech, babbling, or social skills
What are the eligibility requirements for ABA services?
The State of Michigan now offers Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Services to individuals who:
- Have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Diagnosis
- Are younger than 21 years of age
- Are Medicaid eligible
OCHN Network ABA Providers
Autism Centers of Michigan is Michigan’s leading provider of intensive, evidence-based applied behavior analysis treatment for individuals with autism spectrum and related disorders. Our goal is to improve an individual’s quality of life by providing and transferring critical knowledge, skills, and abilities. Our company’s core values of teamwork, authenticity, and evidence-based solutions are exemplified in all aspects of our behavioral interventions. Give us a call today and discover how we have successfully served over 250 families in more than 30 counties across the state of Michigan.
For more than 15 years, AST has helped children with Autism succeed in school and in life. AST offers ABA programs to support individuals age 18 months to 21 years. Our comprehensive programs address many skills including communication, behavior management, adaptive behavior and social skills. Our premier services include center-based and in-home therapy options. Programs are offered year round, 10-40 hours per week. Hours of operation are from 8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Our main office is centrally located in Livonia, but home based services are available throughout all of Oakland County.
For more information please call our office: 248-319-0993
We are very excited and proud to offer cutting edge,evidence based individualistic, collaborative behavioral care to improve ABA related outcomes.Our team will actively participate in the overall health and care of your child and aspire to improve the mental health and functioning of the whole family as the each of these components has the potential to improve your child's functioning at various levels.
Easterseals Michigan provides comprehensive in-home and center based ABA services to children and families with autism. Our ABA centers are located in Southfield and Waterford. Occupational Therapy is also provided at our Waterford location and Speech Therapy is provided in Water and Southfield. We accept most insurances for all services provided. Easterseals Michigan is open Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
For more information, please call our contact center: 248-475-2150 or Kristen Hjelmstad, LMSW, BCBA at 248-451-2955
We understand that your child’s growth, development, and success are your #1 priority. We at Footprints Behavioral Interventions are dedicated to it. Our comprehensive programs are designed with the ultimate goal of enhancing the quality of life for individuals with Autism and related disorders by helping them achieve their full potential while empowering families through parent consultation and training. We invite you to explore our site to learn more about how we are committed to helping your child and family. At Footprints Behavioral Interventions, we are with you every step of the way!
We offer center-based services at our clinic in Southfield, as well as provide home-based services throughout Oakland County. To enroll or learn more about our program, please contact us at 800-273-4292.
HealthCall is an accredited community healthcare and behavioral services organization that has provided person-centered care in Michigan since 1987. Our professional staff specializes in comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as well as complete behavioral assessments and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). HealthCall clients and their families have access to a secure online family portal to view their schedule and medical records. HealthCall accepts Medicaid as well as private insurance.
Hispanic ASD Services of Michigan LLC is achieving more with our initiatives than ever before. We work on many exciting projects to help improve the lives of our special children, and are very proud of the progress we continue to make. Learn more about what we do, who we help, and how we work every day to promote positive change.
At Judson Center’s Autism Connections, we realize that an Autism diagnosis impacts the entire family, not just the family member with Autism. That’s why we offer comprehensive services that include ABA therapy, social skills programs, counseling services and sib shops. We are one of the earliest ABA providers, providing ABA services for approximately 6 years, with most of our BCBA’s starting out as tutors years ago.
We serve children, adolescents, and adults from the age of 18 months to 21 years of age (under insurance plans and the Medicaid Autism Benefit,) as well as adults over the age of 21 (as private pay clients). Our In-home program is available throughout Southeastern Michigan and our centers are located in the following cities: Clarkston, Rochester, Dearborn Heights, Plymouth, Saline, and South Lyon.
MORC Autism and Children’s Center offers family-centered services for children aged 2 through 18 with Autism. Services include ABA therapy, social skills training, assistance with communication, challenging behaviors, and daily living skills. Center-based and in-home services are available. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 7 pm and Saturday mornings. We accept Medicaid and most private insurances.
We are a team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Behavior Technicians, and Administrators that are committed to providing an individualized quality therapy experience at Strident Healthcare. Our mission is to constantly make strides in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to ensure the best possible therapy for our clients. Our goal is to foster each individual child’s growth through evidence based practice. We focus not only on the child, but the entire family in order to ensure success.
TTI provides Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). These services are available at both our Oxford and Sterling Heights locations. TTI accepts referrals from Oakland Community Health Network, Macomb County Community Mental Health and through some private insurances. Please contact TTI at (248) 969-9932 for further information.
University Pediatricians Autism Center is committed to providing high quality ABA services to children and teens with ASD. Our team of BCBAs works closely with parents, schools, and other therapists and Drs in the child's life to ensure the skills taught are meaningful and able to be practiced outside of the therapy sessions. We offer both clinic-based and in-home services in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne Counties. In addition to contracts with Oakland and Wayne counties, we accept many private insurances. Call today to learn more about our life changing program 248-305-6172.
Autism is a mental health condition that is present from early childhood, characterized by difficutly in communication, forming relationships with other people and in using language, with abstract concepts, as well as restricted repetitive behaviors, activities, and interests. Autism is about 4.5 times more likely to affect boys than girls, and is found in all racial, ethnic, and social groups.
Autism is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. The diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder is applied based on analysis of all behaviors and their severity. Each child or adult with autism is unique, so their treatment and supports plans are also unique to fit the needs of the individual as best as possible. Click here to view information video.
Applied Behavioral Analysis
Behavior analysis focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. Positive reinforcement is one such principle. When a behavior is followed by some sort of reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. Through decades of research, the field of behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing those that may cause harm or interfere with learning.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the use of these techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior.
As mentioned, behavior analysts began working with young children with autism and related disorders in the 1960s. Early techniques often involved adults directing most of the instruction. Some allowed the child to take the lead. Since that time, a wide variety of ABA techniques have been developed for building useful skills in learners with autism – from toddlers through adulthood.
These techniques can be used in structured environments such as a classroom lesson, as well as in "everyday" situations like family dinnertime or the neighborhood playground. Some ABA therapy sessions involve one-on-one interaction between the behavior analyst and the participant. Group instruction can likewise prove useful.
ABA is an intensive, behaviorally-based treatment that uses various techniques to bring about meaningful and positive changes in the communication, social interaction, and repetitive/ restrictive behaviors that are typical of ASD. Each child will have an individualized Intervention Plan that breaks down desired skills into manageable steps to be taught. Each ABA Plan is designed for the individualize needs of the child and includes an average of five to 25 hours of direct interventions per week depending on medical necessity. These services are intensive and can be provided either in the home or in a clinic setting. ABA interventions involve parent/ guardian training and participation.