Press Release

Richmond, TX - January 1, 2020

Excel ABA is pleased to announce that it is now a proud member of the Behavior Care Specialists Network. Excel ABA will be now bring in home & in clinic-based ABA therapy to Katy, Richmond and the surrounding communities in early 2020.

BCS offers a number of services including consultation, diagnostics, training and ABA therapy. BCS serves children, young adults, and schools in South DakotaIowaMinnesotaWyomingConnecticut, and Texas to create the best program for an individual child.

ABA Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are estimated to affect 1 in 68 American children. Both terms are used to identify a wide range of disorders that have their roots in early brain development. Early identification and treatment are key to ensuring a child has the best chance to reach his full potential.

Excel ABA offers behavioral treatment utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Research has proven that children with severe developmental delays can show remarkable progress if intensive behavior therapy is provided over a two-to-three year period. Excel ABA works to create an individual, dynamic, comprehensive program for each child in order to obtain the best possible outcome.

ABA is the gold standard treatment methodology and the proven method used to treat the global symptoms of ASDs. With early intervention, ABA has positive effects on children's developmental trajectory in both neurophysiological and behavioral assessments.

In-Home and In-Clinic ABA Therapy

Excel ABA provides in-home and in-clinic ABA therapy to promote generalization to the client's everyday life. We offer services in Richmond, Houston, Katy, and the surrounding communities.

Excel also offers, or assist in,  a number of services including consultation, diagnostics, training and ABA therapy. Excel serves children, young adults, and schools to create the best program for an individual child.

Individualized Curriculum for Each Client

We believe that each client is unique and excels in his or her own way. This is why we create individualized ABA, applied behavior analysis, programs for all of our clients that are continuously monitored and updated. We believe this to be the hallmark of a quality ABA Therapy program.

Autism Services & Insurances Accepted

A diagnosis of any developmental delay can be daunting, but with early intervention and proven therapy, we can give each child the tools and attention needed for success in life.

Many private health plans cover ABA therapy for individuals diagnosed with autism. We are currently in-network with Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, Magellan, and United among others. Please call with questions pertaining to Medicaid coverage.

EARLY SIGNS OF AUTISM

Many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may show developmental difference when they are babies - especially in social and language skills. However, because they typically sit, crawl and walk on time, less obvious difference in the development of gesture, pretend play and social language often go unnoticed. In addition to spoken language delays and behavioral differences, families may also notice differences in how their child interacts with his or her peers. Remember, one child with ASD can have different symptoms from another child with ASD - the number and severity of symptoms can vary greatly.

 

EXAMPLES OF SOCIAL DIFFERENCES IN CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

  • Doesn't keep eye contact or makes very little eye contact
  • Doesn't respond to a parent's smile or mimic other facial expressions
  • Doesn't look at objects or events a parent is looking at or pointing to
  • Doesn't point to objects or events to get a parent to look at them
  • Doesn't bring objects of personal interest to show a parent
  • Doesn't have appropriate facial expressions (i.e. sad when others are happy)
  • Unable to understand what others might be thinking or feeling by looking at at their facial expressions
  • Doesn't show concern for others
  • Unable to make friends or uninterested in making friends

 

EXAMPLES OF COMMUNICATION DIFFERENCES IN CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

  • Doesn't point at things to indication needs
  • Doesn't share things with others
  • Doesn't say single words by 16 months of age
  • Repeats exactly what others say without understanding the meaning (parroting or echoing)
  • Doesn't respond to own name being called but does respond to other sounds (like a car horn or a cat's meow)
  • Refers to self as "you" and others as "I" and may mix up pronouns
  • Often doesn't seem to want to communicate with others
  • Doesn't start or can't continue a conversation
  • Doesn't use toys or objects to represent people or real life in pretend play
  • May have a very good memory, especially for numbers, letters, songs, TV jingles or a specific topic
  • May lose language or other social milestones, usually between the ages of 15 and 24 months (regression)

 

EXAMPLES OF BEHAVIORAL DIFFERENCES (REPETITIVE AND OBSESSIVE BEHAVIORS) IN CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

  • Rocks, spins, sways, twirls fingers, walks on toes for a long time or flaps hands
  • Likes routines, order and rituals; has difficulty with change
  • Obsessed with a few or unusual activities, doing them repeatedly during the day
  • Plays with parts of toys instead of the whole toy
  • Doesn't seem to feel pain
  • May be very sensitive or not sensitive at all to smells, sounds, lights, textures and touch
  • Unusual use of vision or gaze - looks at objects from unusual angles

 

HOW TO DISTINGUISH A CHILD WITH AUTISM FROM OTHER TYPICALLY DEVELOPING CHILDREN

Here are some examples that may help you identify early signs of autism.

     At 12 Months

  • A child with typical development will turn his or head when he hears his name
  • A child with ASD might not turn to look, event if his name is repeated several times, but will respond to other sounds.

     At 18 Months

  • A child with delayed speech skills will point, gesture or use facial expressions to make up for lack of talking.
    A child with ASD might make no attempt to compensate for delayed speech or might limit speech to parroting what is heard on TV or what she just heard.

     At 24 Months

  • A child with typical development brings a picture to their parent and shares joy from it with them.
    A child with ASD might bring their parent a bottle of bubbles to open, but he does not look at his parent's face when she does or share in the pleasure of playing together.

 

TRUST YOUR OWN INSTINCTS

If you have concerns about how your child plays, learns, speaks, acts or moves, talk with your pediatrician. Before you go to the appointment, complete a free developmental milestone checklist, and read the tips online at www.cdc.gov/actearly. Remember, you know your child better than anyone and your concerns are important. Together, you and your doctor will find the best way to help your child.If you or your doctor are still concerned, please contact us as soon as possible.

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