Below are the service categories FEAT’s Resource Guide has listings for, followed by a brief description of what they provide.
ABA Consultants and BCBAs– An ABA Consultant is a trained therapist while a BCBA is a licensed Behavioral Analyst. Both will help define the strengths and learning needs of your ASD child, then identify procedures to help them obtain new skills.
ABA Therapists– ABA therapists are licensed practitioners of ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) therapy, widely regarded as the most effective behavioral treatment for ASD. ABA therapists typically work under the supervision of an ABA Consultant or BCBA.
Adaptive Technology– Adaptive Technology is an umbrella term for assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices. Providers help families gain access to these technologies.
Adult Education– These providers offer higher education programs designed specifically for ASD adults.
Advocacy– Advocacy groups are dedicated to raising public awareness and support for the ASD community. They can provide a variety of resources and networks to families.
Arts and Recreation– These providers offer some form of recreation service friendly to ASD children.
Aspergers– These providers have resources specifically dedicated to children with Asperger’s, a milder ASD diagnosis.
Counseling– These therapists provide counseling services to families with ASD members. Many focus specifically on parent or couples therapy.
Dentists– These dentists are ASD children friendly. Many have specific training or experience working with the autism community.
Education Consultants– Education Consultants mediate interactions between families and school districts with regards to a child’s special education needs. They can also be a source of information on alternative schooling options.
Feeding and Nutrition Therapy– These therapists work with ASD children to ensure they develop proper feeding and nutrition habits, especially for cases of selective diets.
Hairstylists– These stylists and salons have experience working with ASD children and can cut your child’s hair.
Legal and Financial Planning– These providers can assist families with ASD children with their unique legal and financial planning needs.
Military– These resources are available to those in the military.
Natural Medicine– These providers employ only natural medicine to support ASD children. Many offer some form of nutritional therapy.
Neuropsychologists– Neuropsychologists specialize in understanding the relationship between the brain and behavior. They can offer a diagnosis of ASD.
Occupational Therapists– Occupational Therapists help ASD children improve their basic motor function and reasoning ability to better perform daily tasks. They often employ adaptive technology.
Optometrists– These optometrists are ASD children friendly. Many have specific training or experience working with the autism community.
Pediatricians– These pediatricians are ASD children friendly. Many have specific training or experience working with the autism community.
Private Schools– These private schools are designed or have programs designed to work specifically with ASD children.
Psychiatrists– Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in the treatment of mental disorders like ASD. They will administer medicine.
Psychologists– Psychologists are mental health providers who evaluate behavior. They can provide ASD diagnoses.
Respite and Childcare– These are services that provide ASD friendly respite and childcare services for parents.
Sensory Processing Disorder– These services provide therapy targeted specifically at ASD children with Sensory Processing Disorder, or the inability to integrate multisensory signals.
Sibling Support Group– These support groups are specifically targeted towards the siblings of ASD family members.
Social Skills Group– These groups work to develop the social skills of ASD children, often using guided group play sessions.
Speech and Language Pathologists– Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) work to diagnose and treat communication disorders that sometimes accompany an ASD diagnosis.
Support Groups– These support groups are designed for families or parents of ASD children.
Transitions and Employment– These resources offer employment services and higher education programs designed for ASD adults.