What is Autism?

Autism and autism spectrum disorder (otherwise known as ASD) are general terms for a range of neurodevelopmental disorders. People who are diagnosed with ASD have one or more brain disorders that interfere with their daily living. They tend to display repetitive behaviors, difficulties communicating verbally and nonverbally, and difficulty interacting socially. The disorder is believed to be present very early on, with clear signs and symptoms manifesting when the child is 2-3 years old. Although autism is a serious disorder, early intervention can go a long way to helping you and your child.

What should I look out for?

Some children with ASD are higher functioning than others, but children with autism generally have difficulties interacting socially and expressing themselves both verbally and nonverbally. They may also engage in repetitive behaviors, such as rocking, twirling, hand-flapping, and repeating sounds or words.

What do I do if I think my child has autism?

If you’re concerned, you should bring your child to a developmental pediatrician or set up a psychological or neurological evaluation. Once you have a confirmed diagnosis, you can bring your child in and our behavioral experts will conduct an assessment, determine your child’s skill deficits, and plan a program accordingly.

How old does my child need to be in order to be eligible for these services?

We accept children aged 0-21 years old.

Does behavioral therapy take away from the Board of Education services?

No, you can take advantage of all available services. Services available via the Board of Education aren’t affected by insurance-based services and vice versa.

Where do these services take place?

Anywhere. We work on your schedule, at your convenience. Our BCBAs will work with your child at school, at home, or on our premises.

Does the therapy program run throughout the year?

Yes, Proud Moments operates all year round – we can even send a BCBA along with your child when you vacation at your summer residence or elsewhere.

Am I responsible for copays, coinsurance, and/or deductibles?

Call our office to discuss any insurance-related questions.

If unhappy, can we change team members?

Yes. We’re here to help you and your child, so if you have any concerns, just let us know.

Still have questions?

If you don’t see an answer to your question on this page, or if you’d like anything clarified, please feel free to call our office or send us a message.


Tel: 718-215-5311
Fax: 718-865-5196


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