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What is autism?

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a "spectrum disorder" that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause for autism, but increased awareness can help families today.

In April 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM (Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network) prevalence report. About 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 

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Know the Signs: Early Identification Can Change Lives

Autism is treatable. Children do not "outgrow" autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes.

Here are some signs to look for in the children in your life:

  • Lack of or delay in spoken language
  • Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Lack of interest in peer relationships
  • Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
  • Persistent fixation on parts of objects


Agnesian Autism, Behavior & Communication Center (AABCC)

About AABCC

A multi-disciplinary team of medical professionals - committed to understanding each individual and their unique characteristics - will conduct an evaluation to develop an appropriate diagnosis and to recommend appropriate strategies that focus on abilities.

Our healthcare professionals will use the most up-to-date tools and techniques to discover individual strengths and areas of development. They understand and support the need for a diagnosis to identify, treat and match the best services for every individual.

A variety of services are offered including:

  • Multi-disciplinary evaluations
  • Therapeutic services
  • Consultation and coaching
  • Research

 

Click here to read the parental guide to development evaluations.

Click here to learn more about the AABCC.

 

Agnesian Beyond Boundaries of Autism (ABBA)

About ABBA

ABBA became part of Agnesian HealthCare in March of 2014.  Previously a program of Goodwill NCW. Today we collaborate with providers and families and the diagnostic services of Agnesian Autism, Behavior & Communication Center (AABCC)  A multi-disciplinary team of medical professionals - committed to understanding each individual and their unique characteristics - will conduct an evaluation to develop an appropriate diagnosis and to recommend appropriate strategies that focus on abilities.

Click here for the ABBA brochure.

 

Our Services

We will create and participate in collaboration with schools, agencies and those providing service coordination for the child and family. We will provide individualized services because, although autism may be the common diagnosis, no two children have the exact same needs or skills. We will begin the intensive phase with an assessment process and select focus goals in response to the assessments and the desires of the family.

Our therapies will address development of communication style, relationships, independence skills and improved behaviors. Our professional staff does not use punishment or aversive approaches, but rather nurturing, supportive and play-based activities to help the family and child gain skills to sustain growth when home-based therapies are no longer necessary.

We recognize that children are best served within their families, and our home-based approach assures that families will be primary in service development and delivery.

Families will also be provided with informed, real choices and are the primary determinants of selecting the supports they need. The home-based approach recognizes the importance of community participation and facilitates the building of natural supports such as friends, neighbors and volunteers.

Intensive Services
Intensive therapy is a great commitment on behalf of the child. It requires a minimum of 20 face-to-face hours each week that become a way of life for everyone in the family. Those families that are suited to participate in intensive therapy recognize positive growth for the child and family, but it is not a therapeutic approach for every family. ABBA appreciates the opportunity to assist your family in the most appropriate means to support your child and family during this learning and growing process.

Family Mentoring
Commonly referred to as "Non-Intensive" therapy, this method offers dedicated, in-home therapeutic support requiring a minimum of three (3) senior hours each month. Family mentoring provides a variety of individualized services to assist in skill building for all family members. This method is designed to assist with behavioral skills both at home and in the community.

Community Support
Commonly referred to as "Consultative" method is designed to give families without waiver funding options a means of support. This method is developed around therapeutic services that may include pre-intensive therapy, group skills training, mediating behavioral challenges and life skills training. This therapy method is available through senior therapists, lead therapists and line therapists.

Our Service Area

Our administrative offices are housed in the offices of Doll & Associates a service of Agnesian HealthCare, 40 Camelot Drive in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.  Through the relationships we build in the communities we serve, we are proud to provide a comprehensive toolbox for families overcoming autism.

Specifically, we have built strong ties with the Wisconsin counties from La Crosse to  Sheybogan, North to Green Bay and South to Waukesha.   If you live outside of this service area, please contact us and we will work with you and local County Human Services agencies to determine if services are available in your area.

Contact Us

To schedule an appointment, or gather more information, call (920) 907-8201 or (800) 922-3400.

Fax Number: (920) 907-8209

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