Autism Awareness

Autistic children are getting the much needed help they need to be successful. A company's applied behavior analysis therapy is greatly benefiting Texoma children with its services.

Texoma parent Jessica Bailey said, "I would sell a kidney to keep him in it. It's amazing the progress that he's made and it's nothing short of amazing."

Jessica keeps busy with her three boys. Her oldest son, four year old Colin was diagnosed with a mild form of autism two years ago. Now Jessica is using Behavioral Innovations Services to help Colin with his autism.  

Heather Moore, Assistant Clinical Director with Behavioral Innovations, said, "We provide therapy to help kids learn some language skills and social skills."  

Moore said therapists go into the home and work with autistic children. They help kids build basic foundational skills. Autistic children learn basic language skills, how to make eye contact, social skills and how to communicate.  

Moore added, "They don't learn from their peers like other small children do. They need to learn how to play and interact and imitate so they can continue to learn."

If you child is showing signs of autism, getting them diagnosed between 18 months and three years of age is key. 

"The earlier you can get them in treatment we can teach them basically how to learn." Moore added, "Getting them those foundational skills that they need is so important."

Not everyone's insurance covers in home therapy, BI staff said. Parents would have to fork out anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 monthly, depending on the hours wanted. 

Texoma parents who want to learn more about autism have a chance to get educated at the Autism Conference of Texoma. It takes place April 21st at the MPEC from 8 to 3 PM.

If you want to learn more about autism click here.


Natalie Garcia,  Newschannel 6