The Issue: High Cost of Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy
One in eighty eight children in America have been identified with an autism-spectrum disorder (ASD), according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Though there is no cure for ASD, therapy can help those with ASD to improve function and achieve a higher level of independence.
Applied behavior analysis is a widely accepted method of therapy among health-care professionals, according to another CDC report, and it is now used in many schools and clinics. However, the CDC also reports that intensive behavioral interventions can cost $40,000–$60,000 per child per year.
The Campaign: Providing Free Therapeutic Art Classes
If this Grassroots campaign raises $300, then Transformations Autism Treatment Center can provide 12 weeks of therapeutic art classes for five to eight children with autism. Taught by an art instructor trained to work with individuals with special needs by employing applied-behavior-analysis-therapy methods, the class offers an opportunity for students to enhance their creative abilities, improve fine motor skills, and manage sensory issues. Each additional $25 raised will provide another therapeutic art class.
Transformations Autism Treatment Center
Transformations Autism Treatment Center helps individuals with autism-spectrum disorder to reach their academic, social, and emotional potentials. The organization employs applied-behavior-analysis therapy, which aims to build skills by encouraging positive behaviors and discouraging negative ones, and provides one-on-one attention from behavior technicians and board-certified behavior analysts. Families can take advantage of services including music programs, therapeutic art classes, dance and physical-education classes, and social-skills training. The organization also strives to keep costs low, offering classes for free and less than $20 when the resources are available. Transformations supports nearly 50 families each week.
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