Thank you for your interest in our facility and in ABA therapy!
Illinois Valley Autism Center is dedicated in helping children affected with autism reach their full potential in every area of development. To achieve this we provide these amazing children with instruction and activities in a manner consistent with the science of Applied Behavior Analysis.
As most families affected by autism are aware, there is no known “cure” for autism and some may be aware that there is even a debate on whether autism should be cured or accepted. Whatever your view, most of us would likely agree that what we want for those affected with autism is for them to have a good, happy life and to achieve this may involve intensive treatment.
Autism affects individuals differently so whether your child has an abundance of difficulties or just a few we suggest you consider the benefits and support of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) which has been consistently validated by independent scientific research and recognized as the single most effective treatment for children with autism and the only treatment shown to lead to substantial, lasting improvements in the lives of individuals with autism!
In particular, ABA principles and techniques can foster basic skills such as looking, listening and imitating, as well as complex skills such as reading, conversing and understanding another person's perspective. A number of completed studies have demonstrated that ABA techniques can produce improvements in communication, social relationships, play, self care and school achievements.†
ABA is widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for autism. It has been endorsed by a number of state and federal agencies along with many national medical policy organizations and national professional medical associations, including the U.S. Surgeon General, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Research Council, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Neurology. In fact, Illinois legislative has also recognized the benefits of ABA by providing an "Autism Law" that requires insurance companies to cover ABA therapy.
Generally we are a center based facility although we also provide in-home therapy and with insurance approval we can provide therapy in many different environments that a child finds challenging.
If you have a child who is having difficulty with language, social skills, pre-academics, following directions, staying on task or reaching other developmental milestones, we again encourage you to consider ABA therapy. We have had great success with the children in our care and hope to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of many more!
Professionals on Staff:
- Board Certified Behavior Analyst
- Speech-Language Pathologist
- Certified Elementary Teacher (Type 09) Endorsements: LBS1; Spanish