FAMILIES FOR EFFECTIVE AUTISM TREATMENT
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):
How do I know if my child has Autism?
How do I know if my child has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), pervasive developmental disorder--not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), or Asperger’s Syndrome?
Through evaluation and diagnosis by a knowledgeable physician or clinical psychologist who specializes in diagnosing autism.
FEAT-FMC is open to all persons interested in improving early intervention and ongoing services for autistic children and support for the families of autistic individuals. This may include parents, relatives, friends, and professionals.
Contact a FEAT-FMC Board Member or attend a FEAT-FMC Meeting, or check out I Want to Help
No, the organization is completely voluntary and thrives on volunteer parent and professional support.
FEAT-FMC members have a common interest in helping children with autism, and so are able to provide emotional support through shared experiences, information through networking, social events, conferences, Internet resource services, and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) training.
Through Education, Advocacy and Support, FEAT organizations across the nation have developed a strong public/private partnership with government organizations, educators, school districts, advocates, corporations, doctors and families to help children with autism.
FEAT-FMC may be able to arrange or provide your child with autism with early intervention therapy, occupational therapy, start-up speech programs, evaluations, and limited follow-up consultations.
Become active in the organization by sharing your time and talents to help FEAT-FMC achieve its goals.
Activities that FEAT-FMC is maintaining:
Help is always welcome; contact a FEAT-FMC member or officer.
No. However, FEAT-FMC will assist parents of children with autism with finding early autism treatment programs, start-up speech programs, occupational therapy, and assessments.
FEAT-FMC encourages parents to be advocates for their children in seeking support from their local school districts and Central Valley Regional Center (CVRC).
Yes. All children with autism spectrum disorder including PDD-NOS can benefit from early intensive intervention programs. An informed clinician can help parents determine the most effective treatment program for their child.
Children between 18 and 60 months diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder by a developmental pediatrician or clinical psychologist are eligible for consideration for this program.
What resources are available for early intervention programs?
Parents must educate themselves about each program. This is done by visiting programs, talking to parents involved, discussions with the program provider, and reading peer-reviewed research in the area of applied behavior analysis (ABA).
School districts and Central Valley Regional Center (CVRC) are required by law to provide services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Schools are required to provide appropriate educational services. CVRC is required to provide/fund services to maximize the individual’s potential.
Each agency has its own criteria for funding eligibility, often on an individual basis. Contact the agency directly for information on evaluation and eligibility.
If my child is diagnosed with autism by a qualified professional, will the diagnosis be accepted by CVRC?
CVRC has guaranteed that all autism diagnosis by qualified professionals will be accepted as eligible for services.
Both have appeal processes where parents can present information for reconsideration. FEAT-FMC will help parents find professional resources for the appeal process in order to gain adequate services for their children.
Contact a FEAT-FMC member or officer for additional information.
It is the responsibility of the parents to be persistent in pursuing treatment opportunities and evaluation.
Appropriate education and treatment programs are mandated by the State of California. Both CVRC and the school districts carry this responsibility.
Parents need to become informed of laws concerning treatment and education of their children and treatment alternatives available. Your rights are only what you know.
CVRC has provided the following services to children with autism. Services are based on the individual child’s and family’s needs as determined by the Interdisciplinary Team, composed of parents or guardians and regional center staff:
A child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder is eligible to
enter CVRC’s Early Autism Treatment (EAT) program from approximately
two years of age until approximately 5 years of age and, under many
A complete list of services and supports is located in the Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 4512 (b).
Contact a FEAT-FMC member or officer. Parents can post flyers at colleges and/or make presentations at college classes. Friends, relatives, and neighbors can also be recruited. Families are responsible for interviewing and selecting their own tutors (if the family is receiving services through an ABA workshop program).
FEAT-FMC does not screen tutors. FEAT-FMC recommends families interview carefully and take advantage of the fingerprinting process to check for criminal history.
What is the difference between the services provided by Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) workshop programs and clinic programs?
For ABA Workshop (in-home) Programs, the parents recruit tutors and a senior therapist. A professional ABA consultant guides the program through consultations with the parents, senior therapist and tutors.
Under ABA Clinic (in-home) Programs, all services are provided
by the professional ABA consulting organization, including the professional
consultant, tutors, and senior therapist.
For both types of programs, parents are required to secure funding for the services, either from CVRC, school districts, or other sources.
FEAT-FMC advocates for peer-reviewed research-based treatment options. Each parent is advised to research the available treatment opportunities and make a decision based on their child's needs.
The information and resources on the Families for Effective Autism Treatment-Fresno/Madera County (FEAT-FMC) Website are for educational and informational purposes only. Information provided through The Site should not be used as a substitute for care by a qualified Developmental Pediatrician, Pediatric Neurologist, Behavioral Psychologist, Behavior Analyst, Speech and Language Pathologist, Attorney, or other appropriate professional.