Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

I worry that this diagnosis will negatively affect the rest of our family and create additional problems within our family structure.

CARE’s team members come highly trained in providing support in the form of parent education.  You and our clinician can work together to analyze and modify environmental variables that will enhance your skills as parents.  All team members value cultural diversity and support decisions you make to meet your family needs. Our clinicians provide purpose, process, procedures and progress with family members who are involved with your child/individual.

I keep hearing the words “developmental delay,” what do they mean? Aren’t all children unique and develop in their own good time?

Yes, all of us develop in our own good time. There exists an appropriate time-line however in all of human behavior beyond what we call normal behavior. Early diagnosis and treatment can help. Comparing your child with many others of the same age…

Behavioral warning signs may include:

  • inability to stay focused on an activity for as long a time as other children of the same age
  • focuses on unusual objects for long periods of time
  • rarely makes eye-contact with others
  • easily frustrated when trying to do simply tasks
  • aggressive, combative, or acting out while appearing to be stubborn
  • violent behaviors on a daily basis
  • stares into space, rocks body or talks to self often
  • does not seek love and approval from parents or caregivers

What type of screening and assessment tools does CARE use?

The CARE uses a variety of research based screening and assessment tools, the below is a sample list: Ages & Stages Questionnaire-3, , and the Developmental Milestones and the Checklist of Autism in Toddlers, Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program, Assessment of basic Language and Learning Skills, and Assessment of Functional Living Skills plus other as appropriate tools as needed.

Will this diagnosis negatively affect the rest of our family and create additional problems within our family structure?

CARE’s team members are dedicated to providing family support in the form of parent education and support. In addition, we have counseling services that will help you and your love ones understand and cope with a diagnosis.

You have many ‘letter’ names or acronyms for your services and programs. How do I know what you are talking about if I don’t know what those letters mean?

CARE clinicians are more than willing to explain everything they learn about your loved one, the tools they will use in the assessment, the diagnosis they discover, the programs they recommend and any word(s) you do not understand. CARE’s job is to cooperatively partner with the family and/or caregivers so that the identified individual and his/her family are always included.

Will my child/individual always have the same person to work with?

 CARE is dedicated to having team members offering service the fits the unique needs of the client. This includes delivering feedback to parents while remaining sensitive to the cultural, behavioral, emotional and personal needs. That means we may have more than one clinician working with your child/individual. We will always attempt to have continuity of staff and service that works with your loved one.

How can I tell whether or not my child is on the autism spectrum?

Here are some infant behaviors that may help identify development delays or autism.

  • lack of eye contact
  • staring at objects or into space without interaction
  • no cooing, babbling or making sounds of pleasure and surprise
  • little response to bright colors, other’s facial expressions, recognition of family
  • using gestures to get needs met

Here are toddler behaviors that may help you decide whether or not your child needs help.

  • lack of social connection with family or other children
  • seeming disinterest in using words or sounds in getting needs met
  • little or no enjoyment is socializing, sharing, playing or interaction with others
  • lagging far behind in language skills, play skills, interest in the world at home

Here are a few child/individual behaviors you may be able to identify:

  • aggression (toward self, others, property
  • anger with apparent cause
  • non-compliance – stubborn or ignores others
  • tantrums
  • self-injury

Consult with your doctor and psychologist for diagnosis.

Tell me about Applied Behavior Analysis

ABA is a formulated field of study based upon effective methods that change unwanted or unsuccessful behavior patterns into socially acceptable behaviors. ABA covers a wide variety of behaviors including (but not limited to) addictions, work performance, developmental delays, socially inappropriate home, school, work, and community behaviors.

ABA provides proven teaching strategies for reducing identified unwanted behaviors and replacing them with new appropriate behaviors to meet the same needs.

In addition to ABA, I noticed you have a program called BUILD. What does that mean?

B.U.I.L.D. is a comprehensive play-based program for infants and toddlers that promotes the acquisition of skills towards typical development in the child’s natural environment with emphasis in coaching the parent/caregiver.

How can I be sure these programs will help my child?

CARE clinicians know that families/caregivers are the most important providers of love, caring relationships and the best creators of safe nurturing environments that support optimal development for their children. When parents/caregivers get the needed support and intervention for children at risk of, or with developmental delays and challenges, the probability of future problems can be considerably reduced and the quality of the child/individual’s life enhanced.

Is Autism Spectrum Disorder only found in children?

Research indicates that it most often identified within the first three years of life. Often, it is missed and some people grow into youths or adults without a specific diagnosis. Each individual with autism is unique. It is indicated that about 40 percent of those individuals have average or above average intellectual capabilities. Many on the spectrum discover unique ways to view the world and to succeed in a ‘discovered’ field of endeavor. Further research identifies that another 25 percent of individuals with ASD can learn to communicate using means other than verbal or social communication.