Autism Care Partners opens new center in Amherst

Autism Care Partners opens new center in Amherst

AMHERST — As part of an increased presence in Western Massachusetts and New England, Amherst is now home to the latest Autism Care Partners facility following an April 12 ribbon cutting ceremony.

Nikki Snizek, Amherst’s managing board certified behavior analyst said while there are other Applied Behavioral Analysis centers in the state, Western Massachusetts is underrepresented.

“The need in Western Mass. for ABA services is very high,” Snizek said.
Snizek said the center will begin offering ABA services for children ages 2 through 6 or 7 ahead of the need for the kids to enter a first-grade setting.

“It’s structured to look like a preschool and early childhood environment but really emphasizing the ABA throughout the day,” Snizek said.

Snizek said the children can receive up to 35 hours of ABA services in this setting with natural environment and play based teaching, communication and learning. After school services will be available to children from first grade on up.

Speech and occupational therapy as well as social work services are planned for clients and families as the client census increases.

Snizek said there are already close to 20 potential clients on their waiting list as they make connections with care providers throughout the area.

In a statement sent to Reminder Publishing, Amherst Town Manager Paul Bockelman welcomed the addition to the town and the opening of the center at one hundred University Drive.

“We are so pleased that the Autism Partners have chosen the town of Amherst as its newest home. They bring needed services to a community that values innovate, integrated person-centered care,” he said
Among those invited to the ribbon cutting ceremony were Amherst Police Sergeant Gregory Wise and Officer Lindsey Carroll.

Carroll, a member of the department since 2017, is also part of the Crisis Intervention Team, a group of specially trained officers who deal with trauma-based situations.

“I think it’s excellent, some of my very close friends actually work in autism-specific classrooms … so I hear a lot about what they deal with, and that early intervention is integral to getting them [those with autism] prepared for a future that’s more independent,” she said

Carroll said there already is an open line of communication between police and center representatives.

“We’re talking about potentially setting up meetings with families, learning how we can help them if their child is in crisis, what things they might respond best to, with some people touch and things like that can be triggering. Where they may run, so we can set up alerts so if their child does go missing, we would know where to look,” she said.

Elaine Crosby with Autism Care Partners said she expects the community and the center to draw on each other for success.

“It’s wonderful to be in Amherst with the all the colleges in the region, they’ll be looking to hire students not only as interns but as they graduate and alumni from the different colleges in the area,” she said.

Autism Care Partners currently has 22 centers in seven states with an expansion plan of opening 10 more in 2023. More centers will be opening in Massachusetts, including Framingham as well as Avon, Connecticut.

The new facilities are opening in observance of Autism Acceptance Month.

VIDEO & PHOTOS: Autism Care Partners Expands To Framingham

VIDEO & PHOTOS: Autism Care Partners Expands To Framingham

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FRAMINGHAM – Autism Care Partners continues to expand access to autism services for Massachusetts families with the opening of a new center in Framingham on Route 30.

In addition to offering exceptional interdisciplinary care, families will be able access early diagnostic evaluations for autism onsite at the
Framingham center.

“We work collaboratively to educate families on the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and empower them to feel confident managing their child’s problem behavior while enhancing communication skills. Our goal is to create hyper individualized positive behavior support plans that families feel comfortable and confident implementing. “said Rachel Grenier Managing BCBA, Framingham.

As one of the largest autism and related service providers in the Northeast, ACP is focused on ensuring “no wrong door” to individuals on the spectrum and their families by providing and coordinating ABA, diagnostic and related services across diverse care settings. ACP is continuing Massachusetts expansion in 2023, while also deepening its growing bench of diagnosticians, social workers, speech therapists, and
occupational therapists.

Additionally, ACP continues to invest in its best-in-class clinical model, enhanced through The Visual Immersion SystemTM (VISTM), an evidence-based and pioneering Boston Children’s-developed language acquisition intervention.

“With the increasing prevalence of ASD diagnosis, we are grateful to be part of the solution for Massachusetts families by increasing access to evidence-based, interdisciplinary care,” said Andrea Lavigne, Ph.D., BCBA, LBA, Chief of Regional Service Delivery.

On April 26,  Spectrum of Sound performed the National Anthem, followed by a ribbon cutting, and an open house, which included the City of Framingham Mayor Charlie Sisitsky, Framingham Police Chief Lester Baker, and members of the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism.

Founded in 1992, Autism Care Partners has become a recognized leader in the delivery of comprehensive behavioral therapy to individuals on the autism spectrum. ACP provides diagnostic evaluations, early intervention services, ABA, speech therapy, occupational therapy, social work, and the Visual Immersion SystemTM to individuals on the autism spectrum, and their families, through its multi-state network of center, telehealth, and home and school-based practices.

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