My child has recently been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), what do I do now?
Studies show that the most effective treatment for children with autism is a quality Applied Behavior Analysis program that is implemented between 30-40 hours per week. The first step is to have your child assessed by a BCBA to determine the best options for your child's needs.
How many hours of therapy does my child need?
The number of hours depends on each child's needs. Early intervention programs range from 10-40 hours of week, less is needed as the child's language begins to develop. Social skills groups, parent training, and school consultations can range from 1-10 hours a week. Recommended hours and program requirements will be discussed following the initial evaluation. Each child's program is customized to their individual needs.
What are your fees?
Our fees vary depending on the service provided and the level of provider. Contact us for a detailed price list.
Do you accept insurance?
HCDS are network providers with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Aetna, Cigna Behavioral Health and United Behavioral Healthcare under the Autism Insurance Bill. Individual coverage determined by your private insurance, coverage varies.
Do you only work with children with Autism?
No. We work with "typical" children who display problem behavior, children with language delays, psychiatric diagnosis, and other developmental disabilities.
What age group do you work with?
We work with children ages 0-18.
What qualifications do your therapist have?
The staff at HCDS includes Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA), Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA), and trained behavior technicians. All non-certified staff are supervised by a BCBA.
How do I get started?
The first step is to set up an assessment with a BCBA. This assessment will either be conducted in-center, in-home, or in-school depending on the behavior. Then a treatment plan will be developed and suggestions will be made based on the child's needs.