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Autism FAQs

We get it – finding resources to help you raise a child with autism can be tough. Where can you go to get the right information? Who can you trust for advice and support? As a leading national autism treatment provider, Trumpet Behavioral Health is here to help. We’ve compiled a list of the most frequently-asked questions our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs®) hear from families and parents affected by autism. From treatment, therapy, services, and more, Trumpet has you covered. Sit back, relax, and read on!

How Can Occupational Therapy Help a Child with Autism?

Occupational therapy focuses on helping individuals better follow routines, finish tasks, recall events, and complete other everyday life occupations. Occupational therapy is commonly recommended as part of a collaborative treatment package, which typically includes behavior consultative services (AVA intervention), speech and language therapy, and Special Education services. Trumpet BCBAs serve as the lead facilitators in a child’s care team and will work closely with other autism professionals, like occupational therapists, to make sure your child is receiving the care they need. By working collaboratively, we can ensure your child receives consistent treatment goals and feedback across multiple skill sets.

Does Speech Therapy Help with Autism?

Speech therapy can help your child with language disorders, social and cognitive communication, and physical hindrances to speech (like swallowing). This type of autism therapy is conducted by speech-language pathologists (SLPs). Our BCBAs network with a variety of autism professionals, including SLPs, so we can recommend the therapists that best fit your family’s needs. Just like with occupational therapy, your Trumpet therapist will take a coordinated approach to ensure all parties follow a streamlined autism treatment plan.

How Does Functional Communication Therapy Help with Autism?

Functional Communication Training, or FCT, teaches the most meaningful vocabulary to children with autism in the most natural way. For example, instead of using pictures to teach your child the name for every toy he or she has, FCT focuses on teaching them the names of their favorite toys in the toy room, where they can see, touch, and play with the toys. Using this method, your child learns how to communicate appropriately to express their desires, whether through pointing, modeling, signing, speaking, or a variety of other forms. Research has shown that this kind of autism therapy is a great way to reduce challenging behaviors.

What is Behavioral Therapy for Autism?

Applied behavior analysis, or ABA, is regarded as the most effective form of autism therapy. This model uses evidence-based methods to improve socially significant behaviors in children with autism. This type of therapy helps children with autism overcome challenging behavior while developing new skills to help them become more independent. Our BCBAs will meet with you and your family to create an individualized treatment plan that addresses your child’s greatest needs and targets specific skills that will help them the most.

Is ABA Therapy Covered by Insurance?

ABA services are the only autism therapy covered by insurance. Our team of experienced intake specialists serve as your advocate to maximize your coverage. They’ll connect with your insurance company to determine your eligibility for ABA therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and other autism services. Check out a location near you to see which insurance carriers offer coverage in your area.

What are the Treatment Options for Autism?

Effective autism therapy takes a village of highly trained professionals and caring family members. And, just as every child is unique, no treatment plan looks exactly the same. When creating an autism treatment plan, our BCBAs work to identify which treatment types would help your child the most, including ABA therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, functional communication training, and more. These plans are most effective when children start therapy at a young age, so don’t hesitate to contact us to begin a treatment plan for your child.

How Do I get Certified in ABA Therapy?

There are several levels of ABA certifications, which vary depending on your level of education. Some certifications, like BCBA, require a master’s degree, while others, like the RBT certification, require only a high school degree.

But, you don’t have to be a professional to help your child! When your family is affected by autism, it’s natural to want to learn as much about it as possible. At Trumpet, we offer a variety of autism and autism therapy education programs for parents, caregivers, and teachers. Plus, our online resources connect you with high-quality information and additional opportunities to meet other families and professionals through autism networking events.

At Trumpet, we’re dedicated to helping children with autism reach their full potential and support their families along the way. Contact us to see how ABA therapy and other autism services can help your child live life to the fullest.