LifeStream offers a number of support services for children and adults with autism, including:
- Children’s autism services for children 3 to 9 years old. The focus is on skills training, applied behavior analysis and parent training.
- DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) for children 9 to 22 years old with autism and severe behavioral difficulties. The primary goal is to assist the child to be successful at home, school and in the community without requiring residential placement outside the home. As with younger children, the focus is on skills training, applied behavior analysis, but also community training, community integration and family service navigation.
- Adult autism services for adults over the age of 22. Services are highly individualized and may include any of the above mentioned services as well as social skills training.
- Day Habilitation services – LifeStream’s Day Habilitation Program has designed services specifically to support individuals with autism. This is a full day program focused on developing skills in self-help, independent living, socialization, behavior development, affective development, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.
- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Our trained clinical staff provides outpatient and in-home services for individuals from nine to twenty-six years of age. ABA therapy involves many techniques for understanding and changing behavior. It can be adapted to meet the needs of each person and teaches skills that are useful in everyday life. Under the Affordable Care Act, ABA services are covered by most health insurance plans for children up to 26 years of age with a medical diagnosis of ASD.
For additional information on our Autism Services, please email Doug Hughes, Vice President, Clinical Services.