Children's Autism Center provides medically necessary services for individuals with autism. CAC staff cross into all environments where a learner needs services. For example, in addition to center based services, CAC provides Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) for in-school behavior management/skill development. We transport learners into the community with therapists for access to learning opportunities and go in-home to address concerns of the family. CAC is a non-profit dedicated to supporting individuals with autism and those who care for them.
Children's Autism Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. We are open year-round. We close for the following holidays: New Year's Day, Good Friday at noon, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the Friday after, Christmas Eve (if a weekday), and Christmas Day. We occasionally close for center-wide trainings. We have an after-hours urgent-care/crisis phone for current families.
If you are concerned that your child may have autism, please take the 20-question survey through the M-CHAT. This tool is designed for parents and guardians to be used in conjunction with a medical professional.
Children's Autism Center provides applied behavior analysis services that address the core deficits of autism. We provide medically necessary therapy based on the criteria for the diagnosis of autism provided in the DSM-V. These criteria (as described in the DSM-V) include:
Autism Spectrum Disorder 299.00 (F84.0)
A. Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts, as manifested by the following, currently or by history :
- Deficits in social-emotional reciprocity, ranging, for example, from abnormal social approach and failure of normal back-and-forth conversation; to reduced sharing of interests, emotions, or affect; to failure to initiate or respond to social interactions.
- Deficits in nonverbal communicative behaviors used for social interaction, ranging, for example, from poorly integrated verbal and nonverbal communication; to abnormalities in eye contact and body language or deficits in understanding and use of gestures; to a total lack of facial expressions and nonverbal communication.
- Deficits in developing, maintaining, and understanding relationships, ranging, for example, from difficulties adjusting behavior to suit various social contexts; to difficulties in sharing imaginative play or in making friends; to absence of interest in peers.
B. Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities, as manifested by at least two of the following, currently or by history (examples are illustrative, not exhaustive; see text):
- Stereotyped or repetitive motor movements, use of objects, or speech (e.g., simple motor stereotypes, lining up toys or flipping objects, echolalia, idiosyncratic phrases).
- Insistence on sameness, inflexible adherence to routines, or ritualized patterns or verbal nonverbal behavior (e.g., extreme distress at small changes, difficulties with transitions, rigid thinking patterns, greeting rituals, need to take same route or eat food every day).
- Highly restricted, fixated interests that are abnormal in intensity or focus (e.g, strong attachment to or preoccupation with unusual objects, excessively circumscribed or persevering interest).
- Hyper- or hyporeactivity to sensory input or unusual interests in sensory aspects of the environment (e.g., apparent indifference to pain/temperature, adverse response to specific sounds or textures, excessive smelling or touching of objects, visual fascination with lights or movement).
For more information and examples, visit Autism Speaks.