Autism Speciality Services
Autism Spectrum Disorder, or Pervasive Developmental Disorder, is characterized by unusual development in the areas of social interaction, communication, and play skills. Symptoms of autism/PDD include impaired language, lack of eye contact, lack of purposeful gesturing such as pointing, and repetitive behavior.
The cause of autism/PDD is unknown; however, it is understood to be related to some types of brain abnormalities. Because it is a spectrum disorder, each child is an individual who will exhibit unique strengths and challenges.
Research shows that children with Autism Spectrum Disorder have the best chance of making significant developmental gains with intensive 1:1 intervention that begins as early as possible, ideally before age 3. Autism Specialty Service Programs throughout Massachusetts, funded by the Department of Public Health, supplement the services of Early Intervention Programs by providing intensive therapy focusing on the key characteristics of autism/PDD.
The REACH Program has provided early intervention services since 1977, and specialty services since 2000. Through our Autism Specialty Services program, we offer 5-30 hours a week of intensive service, depending on the needs of the child and the family. Trained, experienced tutors provide home and community-based interactive therapy.
REACH provides serves to infants and toddlers (to age 3) and their families residing in Hampshire and Franklin counties and the North Quabbin area of Worcester County. Medical insurance and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health cover services.
For more information, call (413) 532-3280