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A Parent's Guide to Smiles & Skills

Everything we do is for moments like having a “Wow” conversation with your son. Hear from a Hopebridge mom’s, whose son with autism was non-verbal when he began therapy.

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View Discuss challenges with doctor

Do you think your child may show signs of autism?

When a child begins to exhibit behaviors that cause concern or indicate challenges, families and caregivers need someone they can trust for help and support without judgement.

If you think autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or a developmental delay may be a reality in your child’s life, there is hope. We are here to help you every step of the way. Hopebridge’s compassionate, licensed psychologists and therapists have earned the trust of hundreds of pediatricians, schools and families.

Not sure where to start? Slide through the steps above to navigate the process from obtaining a diagnosis to receiving the care your child needs to lead the life he or she deserves.

View Obtain a diagnosis

Get a referral to determine a diagnosis

Behaviors or challenges your child experiences may or may not be related to autism, but there is one thing in which all experts agree: early identification is key.

Every person with ASD experiences different challenges and abilities, so diagnosing isn’t black and white. Observe and take note of your child’s developmental milestones, lack thereof, regressions and any other behaviors that worry you. Discuss these with your pediatrician and if you still have concerns, have them write a referral for a diagnostic evaluation. Have patience throughout this process, but be persistent.

Evidence shows that the earlier development is evaluated, the greater the chance a child has to reach his or her potential. Knowing this, Hopebridge provides some of the quickest answers in the area – in as little as two weeks! We can even diagnose autism in toddlers as young as 18 months. You can schedule an appointment with a member of our Hopebridge Diagnostics Team, which offers thorough, insurance-recognized assessments. Once we receive a referral from the physician, we contact you within 48 business hours to verify basic information and get the process moving.

To find out more about Hopebridge’s assessment options and schedule an appointment, reach out through our Contact page or call us at (855) 324-0885.

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Craft a custom plan of care

We don’t treat a diagnosis. We treat your child. Finding out whether your child has autism is imperative in guiding our direction for therapy services, but simply knowing does not overcome his or her struggles.

Autism has so many different faces. Each kid has unique challenges and abilities. We take this into consideration and teach across a spectrum, from low-functioning to high-functioning autism. We aim to embrace everyone under the ASD diagnosis, which is now also inclusive of what was previously known as Asperger’s Syndrome. At Hopebridge, each child has his or her own team of talented, passionate professionals with a commitment to create a plan of care tailored for each individual.

To do this, we start with an evaluation to discover targeted areas for intervention. The comprehensive behavioral and skills assessment ensures goals are selected based on your child’s chronological age and developmental needs. Whether that be potty-training in the short term or setting him or her up for preschool in the long term, we develop a plan to get there.

With multiple coordinated therapies and natural environmental possibilities under one roof, our team collaborates to develop the most effective mix within a Hopebridge Individualized Treatment Plan (ITP) for each family. Frequency and duration of therapy is determined based on the results of the evaluation.

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Receive insurance authorization for autism therapy

Hopebridge accepts a wide range of private insurance and Medicaid to make therapy accessible for the widest possible range of families. Because therapy coverage varies by plan, our full-service insurance team provides support from start to finish to make sure your child is eligible for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA therapy).

To be accepted by insurance, the diagnosis must include Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) scoring or other testing to indicate the level of severity, which is always part of the evaluations we offer at Hopebridge. Our Care and Benefits Team can work with you to contact your child’s insurance company to obtain the proper approval for an evaluation.

From there, we work directly with the insurance company to obtain authorization for therapy services. Once your child’s physician approves the plan, a Care and Benefits Coordinator can help dissect your plan to determine the final cost.

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Start the therapy your child needs to thrive

Once the logistics are cleared, that’s when the fun begins. With our center-based Hopebridge360™ model, your child will receive one-on-one attention through ABA’s evidence-based practices blended with other crucial services, like occupational, speech and physical therapies.

All programs are developed and overseen by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), but directed by parents’ input on goals. For instance, want to prepare your child for school or learn to socialize with other children? We have the experience, time and resources to start small and build our way up. Our therapists begin with one-on-one skills, then can slowly work up to parallel play, interactive play and even mock classroom-like settings. Your child will have access to on-site clinical support, which ensures safe responses to prevent, minimize and manage behavioral challenges.

Once objectives are set and plans are implemented, progress is monitored and programmatic changes are determined with help from data evaluation. Your child’s goals and progress are personally reviewed with you every 90 days. Parent education and home programming are also offered to enhance the benefits of therapy.

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Receive support through the transition process

These kiddos hold special places in our hearts forever, but it is never our intent to keep them in our centers forever. Our happiest days are those in which our little learners transition out of their programs and onto new adventures.

Just like the children we work with, transitions fall along a broad spectrum. They are goal-driven and timelines vary. Gaining independence and catching up on developmentally age-appropriate skills are usually strong signs kids are ready to grow into the next phase. For some, this means evolving from full time to part time therapy in the center. For others, it’s progressing into preschool, kindergarten or another grade level, either in special education or regular education classrooms.

No matter which route they take, our therapists not only help them get there, but support families throughout the transition process. Regular check-ins with parents, schools and physicians are available to ensure long-term success.

The journey doesn’t end here. This is just the beginning of a beautiful life, here at Hopebridge, home and beyond.

Benefits of Attending Hopebridge +

Customized, 1-on-1 care

Our passionate, experienced team has your family top of mind. These children have our undivided attention with personalized goals and plans tailored to them.

Pediatric center-based model

Hopebridge offers state-of-the-art equipment and creates real-life environments in a fun learning facility designed to enhance therapy sessions and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Socialization with peers

Unlike in-home resources, our center atmosphere is set up to encourage peer play and other forms of socialization that targets specific communication + pragmatic goals.

Flexible, intensive therapy schedules

Efforts are intense over an extended period of time to give the proper attention. Therapy isn't capped at 1-2 hours a week…especially because the interfering behavior may last that long!

What sets Hopebridge apart?

When we asked the parents of our learners to tell us about Hopebridge from their perspective, the answers always boil down to our unmatched combination of services and benefits. It’s the welcoming diagnostic experience and insurance support from the moment they connect with us. Once they’re part of the Hopebridge family, it’s the center-based atmosphere, innovative mix of coordinated therapies and dynamite team of superheroes who have their backs. It’s the whole package. More importantly, it’s the outcomes that stem from that package.

Hopebridge provides autism therapy within our center-based locations.

We are devoted to meeting your children wherever they may be on their journeys. Our resources allow us to guide your children through obstacles and bring them to experiences you might not have imagined were possible.

ABOUT HOPEBRIDGE

Autism isn’t contagious, but my smile is

ASD is not something that can be “cured” with medication. Instead, our combination of ABA, occupational, speech and physical therapies is proven to produce outcomes that build foundational skills and minimize interfering behaviors.

Hopebridge is trusted by pediatricians and schools  for more than a decade of experience in providing the most effective, dependable care for kids with autism and a variety of challenges across a spectrum, including (but not limited to):

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Developmental delays
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
  • Hearing impairments
  • Feeding challenges
  • Difficulty understanding or expressing language
  • Sensory-processing difficulties
  • Poor coordination
  • Muscle weakness
  • Visual perceptual and visual motor challenges
  • Attention and regulation difficulties

Parents, we’re all in this together

We know your kiddos mean the world to you. The therapy your child receives at Hopebridge will be significant in his or her life, but caregivers must be involved at home and in other environmental situations in order to receive optimal outcomes. That’s why we not only serve them here in our centers; we provide families with personalized, insurance-approved training and learning services to adapt and practice new skills and behaviors outside our walls.

Success is making an impact that changes lives in a meaningful way, and our team’s goal is to give your family the support, tools and resources needed to do exactly that!

In the meantime, here are some digital parent resources at your fingertips, including Autism Speaks’ 100 Day Kit.

AUTISM RESOURCES

Your questions, answered

If autism is new to you, the questions may be flooding in…

What if my child does not have a diagnosis? How does ABA work? Will insurance pay for therapy?

Don’t worry, we have you covered. Give us a call or scan through our FAQs to learn more about what it’s like to work with us as we answer some of the most common questions related to Hopebridge’s 360-degree autism therapy services.

FAQS

"To watch Kyran's therapist sit across from him with tears in her eyes and tell him how proud she is of him...I love that feeling. I love that he has so much support aside from me. That is the biggest reason we've seen so much progress with Hopebridge. The people who work here genuinely care about what they're doing."

Hannah - mom to Kyran

“From the moment we interviewed, we knew Hopebridge was exactly what we needed. We were in tears! It's such a benefit to have ABA, speech and occupational therapy all in one place, plus we love that they encourage parents to join in the therapy so we can mirror what they're doing at home."

Arianna - mom to Aurora

“We’ve seen Leah grow and make so much progress. She’s saying words. Speech-generation devices help her communicate. She knows how to functionally play with peers. These are skills she never would have learned if we hadn’t sought help because I wouldn’t have known how to teach her.”

Sarah McClary - mom to Leah and BCBA at Hopebridge

“I was told not to expect to see new skills as fast at home as he would do them at Hopebridge. That was not the case. Once he started learning, he took off. He used his PECS book to tell me what he wanted. He just started potty training and a week later, he’s going on his own without even asking.”

Melissa - mom to Jonathan

"The care, compassion and dedication the therapists show to our son is truly astounding. With every one of Homer’s milestones, they celebrate just as much as we do. They are focused and passionate about helping children like Homer. We are truly blessed to have our son receive services from the great people at Hopebridge."

Kevin - father to Homer