Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) Q. What services do you offer? A. Our quality services include: Comprehensive Assessment and Evaluation which consists of the following: Functional Behavior Analysis and Assessment; Speech and Language Assessment and Evaluation; Occupational Therapy/Sensory Integration Assessment and Evaluation; and Diagnostic Assessment and Screenings; Applied Behavior Analysis Therapies and Case Management/Supervision, which includes: Consultancy and Related Support Services; Modified Discrete Trial Training; and Incidental Teaching/Pivotal Response Training School Shadowing; Learning Support Services; Speech Therapy; Occupational Therapy/Sensory Integration Therapy; Social Skills Groups and Social Skills Training; Parent Training; Professional Development and Training for different specialists/professionals; and Community Outreach Support and Recreation (e.g., summer camps) Q. What are your staff’s qualifications? A. Our staff consist of highly trained professionals in the field of Psychology, Special Education, Applied Behavior Analysis, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy/Sensory Integration, and related disciplines. Our speech therapists hold a combination of the following certification/training specialties that include but are not limited to: Hanen, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), and ASHA certification. In addition, our occupational therapists have specialized training in sensory integration and/or are certified in sensory integration. Furthermore, our ABA/behavior therapists and learning support specialists possess certification as Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT) or equivalent, along with the educational requirements needed in their respective field. Our case supervisors possess a minimum of a master’s degree in their respective field along with certification as Behavior Analysts or equivalent through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and/or related regulating bodies. Q. What populations do you serve? A. We serve individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD), individuals with learning difficulties, speech and language delays, sensory processing difficulties, developmental delays, and behavioral challenges. Q. How are services delivered to children? A. Services are delivered 1:1 (1 therapist to 1 child). Q. Do you offer services in English only or both Arabic and English? A. All services can be provided in either English or Arabic at our center. Q. What are the ages of the children you serve? A. We serve children as young as 18 months of age and work with populations of up to 12 years of age across the services we provide. However, depending on the areas of need and services required, we may also serve individuals over the age of 12 in other capacities (e.g., speech therapy, learning support, etc.). Q. Does your program supply all materials for a child's program? A. We supply therapy/treatment materials for all center (clinic)-based services. Q. How many hours of ABA will my child receive? A. We cannot predetermine the number of hours that will be recommended for any child until we have first had the opportunity to do a complete assessment of the child. Upon completion of the assessment process, there will be recommendations made as to how many hours we feel would be clinically appropriate to meet the specific educational and treatment needs of the child. Q. What are the causes of Autism? A. There is no known single cause for autism spectrum disorder, however, research suggests that it is caused by abnormalities in brain structure or function. Brain scans show differences in the shape and structure of the brain in children with autism compared to in neurotypical children. Researchers do not know the exact cause of autism but are investigating a number of theories, including the links among heredity, genetics, and other medical problems. Q. Do you treat swallowing difficulties? A. This depends on the nature of the swallowing difficulties. Generally, one of our clinicians specialized in working with specific populations who have swallowing difficulties conducts an assessment and/or refers to an outside professional who may further assist in obtaining a proper assessment in order to make appropriate treatment recommendations. Q. Are behavior problems really severe in people with autism? A. This varies from individual to individual and also depends on when the individual was diagnosed when they began treatment, and the nature of the symptoms (e.g., severity of behaviors, frequency of behaviors, treatment methods applied to address the behaviors, effectiveness of treatment based on behavioral and performance outcomes, level of impairment of functioning, etc.). Q. Can you help us gain admission for our child in a school? A. We can support you by ensuring your child receives a thorough assessment and appropriate treatment and school placement recommendations based on testing outcomes. Parents then may share our findings/reports with schools. However, there is no guarantee of placement as that is up to the school's discretion. Q. Do you collaborate with different schools? A. Yes we do. We often receive referrals from schools for students who require an assessment as well as seek services for learning support (e.g., educational aid/school shadowing). We also support schools in the training and development of their teachers and school personnel.