Early intervention for a child with autism could be a game changer.
Experts say that Applied Behavior Analysis works best when a child receives treatment as early as 2 or 3-years-old.
“Unless these kids get early intervention therapy, it’s going to be challenging, so we are trying to get them in as early as possible and get them the skills the need so they can grow up and be part of the community. So they can be healthy, have friends, have jobs one day and be productive members of the community,” said Kelley Prince, founder of Behavioral Consulting of Tampa Bay.
Insurance covers this type of treatment, but co-payments and deductibles can cost thousands and that makes ABA unaffordable for many families.
So, Prince decided to start a not-for-profit to help those families.
“We just saw a lot of people not able to get the services, so with autism early intervention is key. We would like to see the kids in these centers 2, 3, 4 years-old.”
To make that happen, Prince kicked off a virtual 5k, you log the miles when you want and get sponsors to help you raise money.
“Last year was the first year we started the non profit and we raised $47,000 and the people we are giving the money to are not necessarily clients of Behavior Analysts Tampa. So, we are giving money, that money to families so they can choose which ever provider they want in the community, as long as it’s for applied behavioral analysis therapy.
To sign up for the virtual 5K to help families with children on the spectrum you can visit the Behavior Analysts of Tampa Bay website.
If you feel like getting some exercise while supporting those with Austim, you’re invited to participate in the 2018 Autism Speaks Walk with WTTA Great 38 Anchor Jenn Holloway on April 28. Learn more here.