We've Been There
We know what challenges you are facing, we have kids of our own working through autism therapy. That is why we are here to help you and your family. From Assessment to Billing to the autism treatment itself, we have the onsite staff to support you and give the best care possible.
Licensed & Certified
With our on-site licensed and certified behavior analysts, licensed psychologists and registered nurse, we are readily available to you and prepared to provide individualized autism treatment for every child, adolescent, or adult.
We have three Spectrum of Hope locations conveniently located in Houston, Cypress, and Tomball. Other locations will open later this year. We have over 57,000 square-feet of autism therapy space to address the individual needs of every child, adolescent, or adult.
Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disorder with difficulties in social interactions and play, use of language or communication and repetitive behaviors or restricted interests. At this time, the cause of autism is not known, although medical professionals agree that it is a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V, 2013) the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder includes:
* 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 understand 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.
There is no medical test to determine if an individual has autism; a diagnosis is determined through ongoing observation of the individual’s behavior and development. Diagnoses can be made by trained medical doctors or clinical psychologists through comprehensive evaluations that can include observations, completion of interviews with caregivers (or self-report) and direct testing. Symptoms must be present in the early developmental period, but may not fully show until later in life when increased expectations in social interactions and communication are required. Autism spectrum disorders can also present as a regressive disorder with developmental milestones occurring on time until shortly before the second birthday when regression may take place. It has been documented that early diagnosis and intervention leads to the most positive outcomes for individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
According the most recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, autism spectrum disorders currently effects 1 in 59 children. Prevalence has increased over time and may be contributed to many factors. Autism spectrum disorders affect individuals across genders; although it is about 4 times more prevalent in boys, across racial and ethnic groups and across socioeconomic groups. According to multiple studies, if a child has a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder the probability for siblings to also show symptoms or receive a diagnosis increases. This is especially true for identical and non-identical twins (or larger order multiples).
Although there are many documented treatments for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is most commonly known and demonstrated as one of the most effective treatments. Applied behavior analysis (ABA) has been demonstrated through numerous scientific research studies to effectively reduce the effect of many of the common symptoms of autism and to significantly increase individuals’ ability to successfully participate in social, academic, and vocational environments.
ABA has been endorsed by the American Psychological Association, the U.S. Surgeon General and many other state and federal organizations for its effectiveness as an autism treatment. Other autism treatment approaches include speech and language therapy, occupational and physical therapy, sensory integration, dietary programs, and medical intervention.