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Autism Therapy Provider Opening Four New Minnesota Treatment Centers in Early 2020
MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Caravel Autism Health is opening four new autism treatment centers in the Twin Cities/Southern Minnesota region. These centers are specifically designed to provide comprehensive support and access to care for families with children who may be on the autism spectrum.
Caravel Autism Health enters the Twin Cities area with three new locations opening over the next three months in White Bear Lake, Woodbury, and Plymouth. Another treatment center in Mankato opened yesterday, bringing the number of Caravel Autism Health locations in Minnesota to five.
“The prevalence of autism is higher here in Minnesota than in other states,” according to Jackie Vick, Vice President of Minnesota Clinical Operations for Caravel Autism Health. One in 59 children in the U.S. has autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Minnesota, one in 42 children has autism. “Local families have encountered significant wait times for securing treatment for their children. These new centers will reduce that wait time and provide access to specialists who can provide the life-changing treatment these children need,” said Vick.
“With five new treatment centers in Minnesota, we’re expanding access to critical services for children,” said Caravel Autism Health’s CEO Mike Miller. “For too long, Minnesota families have faced significant provider shortages. We want to help close that gap,” explained Miller.
Caravel Autism Health specialists offer two primary services: diagnosis and individualized autism treatment. Clinical psychologists who are specially trained evaluate children for autism and other conditions. Specialists create and lead individualized Applied Behavior Analysis (“ABA”) treatment plans that help children with autism develop skills, create connections, and gain confidence.
“Research shows that autism can be reliably diagnosed as early as 14 months,” explained Vick. “The earlier we can begin intensive ABA therapy, the better positioned children are to make the greatest gains possible.”
About Caravel Autism Health
Since 2009, Caravel Autism Health has been devoted to helping families navigate the challenges of childhood autism. Caravel’s team of autism health experts specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of children on the autism spectrum. Caravel’s research-based programs help children with autism reshape their development and embrace new ways of interacting with the world.
SOURCE Caravel Autism Health
Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid.
ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.
The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t work. In study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work.
What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.
The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth.
The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome.
This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.
Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.
Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.
Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.
[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]
Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.