Avita offers Autism Services

Friday December 21, 2018 - Avita Community Partners is excited to announce the addition of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) services utilizing the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). These services are available within the 13 counties of Northeast Georgia that Avita serves, which has been a largely underserved region.

Families of individuals with ASD with Medicaid coverage are now able to access adaptive behavior treatment services through any of Avita’s 13 outpatient clinics across the region. The Autism Treatment Program is currently open for children, adolescents, and adults under the age of 21.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects a child’s ability to understand language, communicate, play and relate to others, and learn social rules. Children with ASD may also display unusual, repetitive behaviors or even aggression. According to estimates by the Center for Disease Control in 2014, one in 59 children in the United States was identified as having ASD. Autism affects males four times more often than females, as well as all ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Autism is defined as a spectrum, meaning that each child’s experience is unique. Characteristics can range from individuals being having no vocal speech to individuals having advanced vocabularies and language abilities. Some individuals on the spectrum excel in school academics but display social challenges and have difficulty making friends. No two children have the same experience, rendering the need for individualized and person-centered treatment options.

Families who are interested or with questions about this program can contact Juliette Bacon, Director of Autism Services at (678) 513-5725.