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Autism Diagnosis

Ross Therapy Group

ABA Therapy & Autism Research located in Scotch Plains, NJ

Diagnosing autism is a journey, one that many parents in New Jersey have undertaken. If your child has recently received an autism diagnosis, schedule an appointment with Ross Therapy Group -- located in Scotch Plains, New Jersey -- to learn more about autism spectrum disorder and our available treatment options. Many different paths can help you and your child navigate autism in a way that is supportive, positive, and effective. If you’d like to learn how we can help you do that, read on or book an appointment with us today.

Autism Diagnosis Q & A

My child was diagnosed with autism - what are the next steps?  

Receiving a diagnosis often causes a mix of emotions. You may feel relief that you now have an explanation for the signs you’ve noticed for years. At the same time, you’re probably experiencing a bit of anxiety about what to do next.

These tips can help you cope with your child’s diagnosis and can be a great source of comfort:

  • Take as much time as you need to come to terms with your child’s diagnosis
  • Concentrate on what your child can do, not the “what ifs” or “should haves”
  • Take care of your own emotional needs
  • Focus on your child’s achievements and talents
  • Consider joining an advocacy or support group

It’s important to understand that your child’s diagnosis will not define their life. With the right blend of motivation, support, and therapeutic expertise, it’s possible for autistic kids to live full and rewarding lives.

That’s where Ross Therapy Group comes in. We have the training and experience needed to help you navigate your journey in a way that’s supportive of both your child and your family. We’re a company founded by the mother of an autistic child, and that body of experience shapes every aspect of the services we provide through Ross Therapy Group.  

Are there ways to effectively treat autism?

It’s perfectly reasonable to feel anxious and uncertain after your child is diagnosed with autism. However, the team at Ross Therapy Group assures you that a diagnosis is more of a beginning than an end. Through innovative treatment and family skill development, your child can set and achieve goals, enjoy childhood, and move on to a rich and profoundly fulfilling adult life.

After your child is diagnosed, the next step is finding the right board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA). Your BCBA is an independent practitioner with the skill and training needed to assess your child’s current social skills, development, and learning styles

During the post-diagnosis evaluation, your BCBA spends time connecting and interacting with your child, usually through play. They will also speak with you to learn more about your family structure, your goals for your child’s treatment, and which approaches have worked for your family so far.

With that information in hand, your BCBA can create an applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment plan that’s customized to meet your child’s specific set of needs. This approach meets your child exactly where they are and focuses on behavioral areas where improvements are needed.

What happens during ABA treatment?

At Ross Therapy Group, we use ABA to address a wide range of autism needs. The primary focus is on identifying current behaviors that are troublesome and teaching principles and techniques your child can use throughout their life.  

ABA is a safe and effective means of treating autism. Numerous federal and state agencies have endorsed the approach. In fact, in the state of New Jersey, children with autism are guaranteed insurance coverage for ABA services.

Once we help you find the right therapist, you and your child will begin a customized treatment plan. The process differs for everyone, but ABA services involve in-home, routine interaction between therapist and child, often on a daily basis.

We created Ross Therapy Group to help guide other parents through their journey raising and loving their autistic children. It’s possible to achieve lasting improvements through ABA therapy, which is why a growing body of research supports this approach as a powerful tool for treating autism.