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Early Intervention Changes Lives

Your patients are important to you, and they are to us too! That is why our devoted, licensed clinicians are committed to joining you to help these children lead their best lives. By identifying autism sooner – as young as 15 months! – and immediately intervening with evidence-based therapies like Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), we serve as an extension of your team to provide these children a world of opportunity from the start.


It starts with a diagnosis

Hopebridge provides a custom blend of services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but did you know we can diagnose as well? We believe early identification is the first step toward a more fulfilling life for individuals with ASD and can test for autism in toddlers as young as 15 months, in addition to school-age children. Learn more about the diagnostic assessments we offer to assist families in finding a speedy answer to their challenges and get them on track for a life full of fresh new experiences.

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Offering services close to home

Parents have enough on their minds caring for a child with ASD. Our goal is to make life a little simpler and more meaningful for them. We are able to do that thanks to centers across multiple states, making it easier than ever to receive a range of complementing therapies all in one place, close to home.

Hopebridge is trusted by pediatricians across the nation for more than a decade of experience in providing 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

Standard ABA Schedules

Evidence shows consistent and comprehensive therapy of 20 to 40 hours over five days per week yields the best outcomes. Hopebridge specializes in providing clinical recommendations and therapy for children who meet the criteria for both full- and part-time schedules. Here are some standard schedules for patients at Hopebridge:

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Continuous communication

Not only do we have direct communication with families - which saves your team time and resources - we also provide progress updates for parent-approved physicians and schools.


Who is Hopebridge?

Find out more about our unique mix of services and why it might be the best option for your patients.

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What are the signs of Autism?

Unsure whether a child you work with is ready for a diagnosis? Learn more from our Diagnostics Team.

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Families Experience Success

Hear first-hand from parents on how Hopebridge helped their children blossom.

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"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

"One day it just clicked for one of my kids... using the bathroom, participating in independent work, taking herself to line up. We got her to understand she could do it by herself. Those are the moments I live for. It was awesome to see her life change."

Jamie Hill - BCBA

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

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

At Hopebridge, it's exciting to see how every child has his or her very own team. We're all working together to share ideas and achieve the same goals.

Alex Daniels - BCBA
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Do you think one of your patients 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 judgment.

As you’re working with patients in which autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or another developmental delay may be a reality, we can provide hope. We are here to serve as an extension of your team to help them every step of the way; providing specialized services for children 15 months to 10 years of age. Hopebridge’s compassionate, licensed psychologists, therapists and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) have earned the trust of pediatricians, schools and families.

Not sure how to start working with us? It’s as easy as providing a referral and we’ll handle from there! But we know you want to make sure you’re offering the best to your patients and students, so slide through the steps above to get the details on everything from obtaining a diagnosis to implementing therapy, and even the final transition from the program.

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Provide a referral to determine a diagnosis

Early identification of autism is key. Therapy is crucial to development, but getting the right care all starts with a diagnosis.

Every person with ASD experiences different challenges and abilities, so diagnosing isn’t black and white. Ask the parents to observe and take note of the child’s developmental milestones, lack thereof, regressions and any other behaviors that may concern them. While it’s not an exhaustive list, feel free to refer to Hopebridge’s list of some of the potential signs of autism when discussing the concerns with caregivers.

After reviewing and talking through their concerns, if you still feel there are challenges that need to be addressed, refer to us for a diagnostic assessment. To do so, you can use our easy-to-fill-out referral form (or provide your own) and fax it to us with the child’s insurance information.

From there, the parents will schedule a testing appointment with a member of the Hopebridge Autism Testing Team at one of our centers, where we offer thorough, insurance-recognized assessments. Once we receive the referral, we contact the patient’s family within 48 business hours to verify basic information.

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 and can begin services for children and toddlers as young as 15 months. 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 the diagnosis. We treat the child. Finding out whether the patient has autism is imperative in guiding the direction for therapy services, but simply knowing does not overcome his or her struggles.

Autism has so many different faces. Each child 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.

Individuals with ASD often have needs that will benefit from ABA, speech, feeding and occupational therapy. As as a result, we typically perform ABA, speech and OT evaluations* to discover targeted areas for intervention, which includes communication with your team. The comprehensive behavioral and skills assessments ensure goals are selected based on the 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 use these results to 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, but we follow the guidelines of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, which recommend 20 to 40 hours of ABA per week to provide the best possible chance of success and independence.

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Insurance authorization for autism therapy

Hopebridge accepts nearly all private insurance plans 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 the patient 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, in which Hopebridge’s assessments abide. Our Care and Benefits Team can contact the child’s insurance company to obtain the proper approval for an evaluation and therapy services. From there, we work directly with the insurance company to obtain authorization for therapy services.

Now this is where our partners come in: once proposed, the physician needs to review and approve the plan.

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The patient starts the therapy needed to thrive

Once the logistics are cleared, your patient will receive one-on-one attention and care. With our center-based 360 Care model, the 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 Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), but directed by parents’ and physicians’ input on goals. For instance, if they want to prepare the patient 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 patients 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. The learner’s goals and progress are reviewed with parents every 90 days, in addition to regular progress updates with physicians. 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 children 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. It’s all part of 360 Care.

The journey doesn’t end here. This is just the beginning of a beautiful life for them, here at Hopebridge, home and beyond, and we hope you’ll partner with us in the process.