What are the signs of autism?

Behaviors associated with autism often appear when children are between two and six years old. The following behaviors are not definitive signs of autism; however, their presence may indicate a "red flag" in your child's development and suggest a need for an evaluation from a clinical psychologist.

  • No words spoken by 16 months or only two words by 24 months of age

  • No reaction to their name

  • Poor eye contact

  • Does not imitate or smile in response to others

  • Does not interact or appear interested in other children and prefers to play alone

  • No pretend play by 24-36 months of age

  • Attends more to objects than to people and often plays with toys in unusual ways such as lining up items or banging and/or waving in front of their face

  • Need for sameness and routines

  • Repetitive or unusual language or behaviors

  • Unusual reactions (either over-sensitivity or under-sensitivity) to the way things sound, smell, taste, look or feel

Autism Speaks provides an access link for the autism screening tool known as the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (MCHAT). The MCHAT is designed to identify children between the ages of 16 to 30 months who should receive a more thorough assessment due to possible early signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

What are the goals of ABA therapy?

The goals for your child’s therapy are customized to their unique needs. These goals will be determined during the initial assessment and will include your goals as a family. Our team’s objective is to identify goals associated with the reduction of behaviors such as tantrums and aggression, along with the development of social skills and language, that work best for your child.

Does my insurance cover ABA therapy?

While many states mandate ABA coverage, AIM is committed to working with you to determine benefit coverage. We are in-network with Arkansas BlueCross BlueShield, UnitedHealthcare, Aetna, Cigna, TriCare and QualChoice, and are in the process of contracting with several other insurance companies.   

Please contact us at info@aimclinics.com or call or text (833) TALK-AIM for more information or to schedule a consultation.

How do parents contribute to ABA therapy?

Parents play a crucial role in ABA therapy. Ongoing parent training and support will be provided by your AIM Clinics BCBA. Outside of the formal treatment sessions, it is extremely important for families to follow through with the teaching techniques and strategies that are implemented and demonstrated within the clinic.  In addition, parents need to be aware their own commitment to the plan can have a significant effect on their child's progress. In particular, ensuring consistent therapy attendance and being committed to supporting the plan at home can contribute to greater success for your child.

Where are AIM services provided?

We provide in-home ABA therapy to families across Arkansas and Oklahoma, as well as at our clinics in Bryant, AR, Little Rock, AR, Fayetteville, AR and Norman, OK. Click here to learn more about our locations!

How can I follow my child's progress?

AIM is committed to keeping you involved and updated with your child's progress. We will provide you with weekly updates on your child’s treatment including goals and key milestones. Our staff will be ready to provide feedback and answer any questions for you at any time.

How is my child's doctor involved?

In order to begin therapy services, most insurance providers will require a prior authorization and prescription for ABA therapy from your child’s doctor. Once therapy services have begun, AIM will maintain ongoing communication with your child’s doctor, including updates on your child’s progress to ensure the best treatment is being delivered.