Autism Matters provides a full range of services to Minnesota children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). At our west Minneapolis metro offices, we offer autism assessment services, early intensive child behavioral intervention (20 to 40 clinic-based hours per week), applied behavioral therapy, speech-language therapy, social skills groups, feeding therapy, academic tutoring, and pediatric occupational therapy. In addition to serving toddlers, children and teens aged 2-17, we also offer marriage and family therapy for adults with autism disorder and their loved ones.
To be effective, autism intervention and treatment must address the child’s core challenges of communication and social interaction. We address these areas in everything we do. Teaching children with autism these skills in the most effective and efficient manner requires the expertise of and collaboration between behavioral therapists and licensed speech-language pathologists. This is due to the simple fact that behavior therapists are trained in teaching procedures scientifically proven to be effective; and speech-language pathologists are licensed experts in speech, language, social-communication development.
Keeping the core challenges of autism education as our main focus, along with a cohesive professional team, allows us the opportunity to be the autism center where many children who cannot speak, learn to say their first word; and where children who cannot communicate, learn to ask for what they want. Autism Matters is a place where families feel confident knowing that their child's every daily challenges are being addressed with competence and compassion.
Our staff supporting the 2014 Autism Speaks Walk
Some of our Autism Matters Team show their support for the kids at the Autism Speaks of Minnesota walk at the Mall of America bright and early Saturday morning. Our theme this year was "Autism Awareness. Because it Matters."