What is Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), formerly Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, or Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified, is a complex disorder of brain development and is characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. ASD may be prevalent in very early brain development, but the most obvious signs and symptoms tend to emerge between two and three years of age.

No one child with an ASD diagnosis is exactly like another and symptoms can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination, attention, and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal (GI) complications.

An ASD diagnosis is a mental health disorder that is identified in a manual used by mental health professionals and is call the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5, 2013) .

What is ABA Therapy

Central Care Services Staff teach clients to fulfill their potential through applied behavior analysis (ABA). We celebrate all strides a client makes whether that be writing their name, putting their backpack away by themselves or giving their Parents/caregivers a hug for the first time. Central Care Services staff provide treatment through Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Intervention (EIDBI) services. The EIDBI benefit is a Minnesota health care program for people with autism spectrum disorder or related condition to provide medically necessary, early and intensive intervention.

What is Applied Behavior Analysis?
What will my child’s day look like?

Applied Behavior Analysis is the process of systematically applying interventions based on the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree and demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behavior. In other words, ABA is a scientific approach to understanding why people do what they do and helping them make meaningful changes in their behavior.

We intensely train staff to do ABA with all our client.

Our professional staff are trained to do the following sections of therapy with clients:

1. Pairing

The idea of pairing yourself and other items/activities with reinforcement.

2. Manding/Table

Teaching learners to request using words, PECS, iPads, etc.

An intensive teaching time done at a table following a schedule of reinforcement

4. NET

Natural Environment Teaching; generalizing skills into client everyday life

5. Behavior management

Respond appropriately in order to increase desired behaviors and decrease challenging behaviors

Your child will have multiple small groups and peer groups throughout the day while in the Center or School base. Goals and programs will be implemented to ensure your child is successful. Your child will attend the following groups throughout the day: Group/Art, Story time, peer play, Structured gym, and daily living skills.


What is an Assessment comprised of

Providers conduct a CMDE (Comprehensive multi-disciplinary evaluation) in the cultural context of the individual, meaning the standard CMDE must be completed in a way that is relevant to the environment, situation, beliefs, values and practices of the individual’s culture.

This is how it works for a client,

providers may conduct appointments out/inside the office, with or without the child present, for face-to-face consultation and information gathering with:

  • Family Members
  • Doctors
  • Caregivers
  • Teachers
  • Other Providers
  • Directly observing the child in various settings that the child frequents (home, school, care settings)

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What is telehealth?

The Health Resources Services Administration defines telehealth as the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Technologies include videoconferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications.

Telehealth at Central Care Services

Central Care Services Inc is equipped to offer families the ability to receive some services using telehealth technology which will provide the opportunity for more scheduling options.

Telehealth at Central Care Service is HIPAA compliant and offers the ability to conduct several services with a licensed mental health professional. Services that Central Care Services will use telehealth for include:

  • Diagnostic Assessment Interviews
  • Client Observations
  • Treatment Plan Meetings
  • Consultations
  • Parents Training

Telehealth appointments will take place at your home center and a consent form must be completed. You can decline or opt-out of using telehealth at any time.

Parents/Caregiver Training

Below are two training we provide for both parents and caregivers.

Caregiver/Guardian Participation

Caregiver/Guardian participant involvement is a key component of our treatment services. Consistent implementation of procedures across caregivers and environments is important to ensure effective and successful treatment. Frequent contact between our Behavior Analysts/Specialist is necessary to ensure consistency and integrity of our treatment plans and to relay important participant information. It is important for family members and participants to provide input regarding treatment goals, outcomes and procedures.

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Caregiver Training

To ensure caregiver/guardian involvement, caregiver/guardian training sessions will be scheduled at least monthly. During caregiver training sessions, your participant’s data towards treatment objectives will be reviewed, caregivers will have an opportunity to ask questions about programming and to provide input on objectives. Training will be provided by the Behavior Analyst. The goals will be individualized and will include how to implement the behavior support plan and/or treatment package/objectives.

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Whenever possible, caregiver training sessions will be scheduled during participant’s regularly scheduled sessions; however, Central Care Services, Inc acknowledges that this will not always be possible. Caregiver/Guardian training sessions that cannot be held during regularly schedule sessions will be coordinated with caregivers/guardian and their clinical team.