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Hopebridge is where “little” wins mean the world

“This is what life is about… even the little things, like a new food he finally swallows. Little things are big.”
– Amy, mother to Mason

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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 therapists and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) have earned the trust of pediatricians, schools and families throughout the Midwest.

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

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Where to start: Talk to your child’s pediatrician

In today’s world of technology, it’s easy to go down the rabbit hole of Facebook conversations and parenting forum threads. Before you dive into the deep end of Internet advice, take a pause (a relaxing breath helps too!), then contact the pediatrician.

Every person with ASD experiences different challenges and abilities, so diagnosing isn’t black and white. Before your appointment, observe and take note of your child’s developmental milestones, lack thereof, regressions and any other behaviors that concern you.

After discussing with the physician, if you still feel there are challenges that need to be addressed, ask for a referral to move onto the next steps.

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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.

There are multiple opportunities for diagnostic testing available to you. One option is to schedule an appointment with a member of the Hopebridge Diagnostics Team at one of our centers, where we offer thorough, insurance-recognized assessments. Once we receive a referral from the physician, we contact you within 48 business hours to verify basic information.

We or your physician can also assist in arranging a screening from a developmental pediatrician or clinical psychologist, if you choose that route. Have patience, but be persistent. Depending on where you go, it can take months to get a diagnosis, so act early.

To find out more about Hopebridge’s assessment options and schedule an appointment, reach out through our Contact page or call (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 kiddo has unique challenges and abilities. We take this into consideration and teach across a spectrum. 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 needs call for a single therapy or multiple coordinated therapies, the 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 private insurance and Medicaid. Because therapy coverage varies by plan, our full-service team provides support from start to finish to make sure your child is eligible for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

To be accepted by insurance, the diagnosis must include Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) scoring or other testing to indicate the level of severity. A Hopebridge Insurance Advocate can 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, an Insurance Advocate will help you navigate your plan to determine what the final cost will be.

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Starting therapy your kiddo needs to thrive.

Once the logistics are cleared, that’s when the fun happens. Your child will receive one-on-one attention through ABA’s evidence-based practices blended with other crucial services, like occupational and speech therapies.

All programs are developed and overseen by a BCBA. Once the 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.

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

Autism isn’t contagious, but my smile is

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

Hopebridge is trusted by pediatricians and schools across the Midwest 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):

  • Neurological
  • Genetic
  • Sensory-processing
  • Feeding
  • Behavioral
  • Expressive + receptive language delays

Our heroes don’t wear capes

Your kiddos mean the world to you. They do to us too! That’s why our dynamite team of professionals is devoted to meeting your children wherever they may be on their journeys. These superheroes guide them through obstacles and bring them to experiences you might not have imagined were possible. Success is making an impact that changes lives in a meaningful way, and our team’s goal is to do just that for your family.

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.


Collaboration between behavioral, occupational + speech therapists is the core of our practice and produces outcomes that build foundational skills and minimize interfering behaviors.

Pediatric-specific facility

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

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!

Family education + support

Insurance-approved training and learning services are available to caregivers to give them the tools needed to practice new skills and behaviors with their kiddos outside our walls.


The Hopebridge Story

Where the mission, passion and values center around your child.

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We're all on the same team

A team of superheroes working together to help your child achieve the best life possible.

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Hear from other families

Parents share success stories their children created at Hopebridge.

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“From the moment we walked in, we felt like it was home… they treated her as their own child. Now we drop her off in the morning in the lobby and she wants hugs from everyone.”

Angela - mom to Olivia

“I feel like it’s a privilege for my children to obtain services from Hopebridge. However, I think the Hopebridge team feels the other way around - like it’s an honor for them to service our kiddos!”

Kym - mom to Jorden, Javaughn + Jaylen

“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