Daughter with autism makes progress through ABA Therapy with Helping Hands Family

PAOLI, Pa., Oct. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Abby, a 10-year-old girl diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, waited 16 months before finding a provider for the therapy she needed. Abby’s parents searched for a provider but everywhere they went had a long wait list for the recommended Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. Abby’s mom, desperate to help her daughter, finally found a new provider after months of looking, Helping Hands Family (HHF) is a new ABA provider with plans to grow quickly to meet the needs for this treatment.

ABA Therapy is the only clinically-proven behavioral therapy for ASD that can improve communication, social and learning skills. The New York Times reported that Dr. Susan Levy, a developmental pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, stated this type of therapy is a “very, very important treatment…We’re seeing more children learn how to communicate socially” with behavioral programs like ABA.

Abby, after starting ABA in May, has made noticeable progress in her social interactions – she picks up on social cues she used to miss, communicates with her sister more, and is even yelling less when irritated. In 3 months, Abby learned to say “I am frustrated” and walk away from the situation instead of bursting with anger, which was unheard of before starting therapy. Abby can now independently brush her teeth and do her hair each morning. Jeanine Weichelt, COO of HHF, states, “While we do see effective outcomes with early diagnosis and starting ABA young, there is no age limit to start this therapy. If a child or adolescent is diagnosed at a later age we can still provide effective therapy. ABA therapy is not a one-size-fits-all approach.”

Helping Hands Family has an ambitious plan to continue growth in the Northeast and become the preferred provider of ABA therapy. HHF also strives to avoid a wait list and is actively working with insurance providers to ensure coverage is in network with most plans. Current clinics include Paoli, PA, Mt. Laurel, NJ, and East Northport, NY, with plans to expand coverage to Doylestown, PA and Media, PA soon.

About Helping Hands Family

Helping Hands Family is a growing provider of Applied Behavior Analysis therapy in the Northeast. HHF offers ABA therapy in-clinic, in-home, and in-school based on each child’s unique needs. The HHF team is devoted to delivering customized treatment plans for each child to continuously improve their quality of life.

Media Contact for Helping Hands Family:
Colleen MacDonald

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Neurocognitive Evaluations

New services led by Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg, Ph.D., ABPP, we are offering individually-tailored and comprehensive neurocognitive evaluations using standardized tests to meet the distinctive needs of our clients.

Neurocognitive evaluations add an extra layer of understanding to all of our treatment plans, because they evaluate underlying neurocognitive deficits. They can be especially beneficial for young people with ASD, AD(H)D, Tourette Syndrome, OCD, learning disabilities and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Through the testing process, our neuropsychologists identify clients’ cognitive strengths and weaknesses and the foundation from which their skills and deficits arose. The information gathered during evaluations allows our clinicians to create completely individualized plans and cognitive programs for each client.

Here’s what sets us apart:

  • Expert consultations from one of the world’s leading neuropsychologists, Dr. Goldberg
  • We specialize in diagnosing neurocognitive disorders including but not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • We utilize Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2) and ADI-R assessments – designed to rule out a diagnosis of ASD.
  • With our expertise in behavioral science, we are able to test clients through behavior disturbances
  • Our psychometricians are skilled in administering a variety of assessment tools
  • We accept insurance and will guide you through the process

Our process for neurocognitive evaluations typically follows these carefully thought-out steps:

What will the testing be like? And why am I being tested?

We will give clients tests on an iPad, as well as tests with paper and pencil, and ask a series of questions. Some questions will seem fun, others boring, and some may be frustrating; but the purpose of the tests will be to evaluate your memory, language skills, thinking processes and other skills.

Insurance Coverage

Neurocognitive evaluations are covered by many insurance plans that provide out-of-network benefits.

Visit our insurance coverage page for more information on how we’ll assist you with determining your coverage for testing.

Call us at (631) 659-3337 or contact us to schedule an appointment!