Autism Now Center Services
The Autism Now Center’s mission is to increase an individual’s personal, social and behavioral independence using the principals of ABA. This is achieved by building an individual’s social communication and adaptive skills both within the home and community settings. By targeting and teaching essential skills, the Autism Now Center promotes growth and reduces challenges experienced by individuals with ASD and their families.
INSURANCE BASED ABA SERVICES (all ages)-Insurance based ABA services
Home and Community Based:
The Arc of Bristol County is committed to providing intensive behavioral intervention to young children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) consistent with research and best practices.
The Autism Now Center’s mission is to increase an individual’s personal, social and behavioral independence using the principals of ABA. This is achieved by focusing on building an individual’s social communication and adaptive skills both within the home and community settings. By focusing on and teaching essential skills, the Autism Now Center promotes growth and reduces challenges experienced by individuals with ASD and their families.
The Autism Now Center staff works collaboratively with the individual and family members or other caregivers to assess current levels of performance as well as to develop and implement programs and interventions to promote growth and independence.
Group Social Skills-Center/Community Based:
The Autism Now Center offers a variety of social skills groups in a supportive and collaborative atmosphere. Our groups use the principles of ABA to teach critical adaptive, social, and communication skills. Sessions are offered in multiple settings including various community locations as well as the Autism Now Center at the Arc of Bristol County’s Park Street location.
Beginner, intermediate and advanced groups are available in each program to accommodate yours or your child’s skill level. Parents/caregivers will have opportunities to observe weekly sessions and attend weekly group parent trainings in order to support the carry-over of learned skills to other environments outside of social skill sessions.
The Autism Now Center’s Insurance based ABA Services utilizes instructional procedures and treatment strategies based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as well as other evidence-based treatments and practices.
Am I or is my child eligible for ABA services through the Autism Now Center?
Contact: Donna Brown, LSW
Vice President, Adult and Family Service
508-226-1445 ext. 3105
The DESE/DDS Program is designed to provide in-home and community based therapeutic supports to students ages 6 to 22, who demonstrate a need for services to prevent a more restrictive out of home residential placement. This Program also offers an increased level of support services to families whose student returns from a residential school placement and requires assistance to remain at home. The DESE/DDS Program is administered by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) with funding from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Funding for this Program is subject to an annual legislative appropriation from the state budget. The DESE/DDS. The intent of the program is to increase family capacity to support his/her student in the home and community, as well as to provide an individualized plan of supports that promotes skill building, independence, and social integration. This may include working on increasing the student’s ability to carry out activities of daily living (ADL), enhancing the student’s ability to communicate, and/or increasing positive behaviors through skills development. www.mass.gov
How can I find out more information about this service or to see if my child is eligible?
Contact: Joan Badger, M.Ed.
Family Support Manager
508-226-1445 ext. 3131
IEP Clinics & Advocacy
In an effort to assist families in being their own best advocate for their child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, the Autism Now Center offers, one-on-one meetings with a member of the Autism Now Staff to assist in the planning and/or review of your child’s Individualized Education Program.
*Clinics are offered by appointment only.
How can I find out more information about this service or to sign up for a Clinic?
Contact: Lucy Erhard, M.Ed.
508-226-1445 ext. 3134
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Want to advocate more for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families in Massachusetts? Looking for resources? Learn more at Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts at www.afamaction.org.