Autism Therapy In Hickory

Our Hickory center covers a range of Autism services...
  • Diagnostic Services
  • Early Intervention
  • Home-Based ABA Therapy
  • Parent Collaboration
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Autism Services In Hickory

We provide a wide range of services at our Hickory autism center. Autism Services in Hickory
  • Parent Collaboration

    It has been proven that parents who are actively involved in their child’s therapy often see more progress in their children. Our clinical team is trained to build success for the entire family unit.

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  • Diagnostic Services

    If your child needs a diagnosis, we’ll connect you with a diagnostician near you who can conduct an evaluation and provide you with all the documents that will be needed to move forward.

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  • Early Intervention

    Research indicates that early, high intensity intervention, often birth to five years old may have the best outcomes for improving your child’s development.

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  • Home-Based ABA Therapy

    Home-based ABA services allow teaching to occur in the child’s natural environment and incorporates learning within the child’s natural routine.

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Accepted Insurance In Hickory

  • Wellcare
  • Vaya Health
  • Triad HealthCare Network
  • Partners Health Plan Medicaid
  • Optum
  • NC Caritas
  • Medcost
  • Magellan
  • Healthy Blue
  • Friday Health Plans

Your Hickory Autism Specialists

Danielle Virnelson

Clinical Director

Danielle is a board certified behavior analyst and Associate Clinical Director for Autism Learning Partners, Charlotte. She recently moved to Charlotte from California for a change of scenery and to be able to enjoy all 4 seasons. She has been working in the field of ABA for 8 years. Danielle started out as a behavior therapist in the home and school settings after graduating from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Psychology and being introduced to ABA by one of her former professors. Danielle shortly realized her passion for the field and went on to attend graduate school, also at Cal State Northridge. She received her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, as well as her BCBA certification in 2015. Prior to her role as Associate Clinical Director, Danielle was an ABA supervisor and has worked with clients between the ages of 2 and 22 years old with autism and other developmental disabilities, in various settings (clinic, home, community, and schools), as well as in running Social Skills groups using the PEERS curriculum.

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    Hickory FAQs

    • How long does the diagnostic process take?

      Once the referral and insurance verification is obtained, the evaluation process typically takes 1-2 weeks.

    • Does my child need an autism diagnosis to get ABA services?

      Insurance companies will authorize Applied Behavior Analysis services when a child has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). If your child does not have a diagnosis of ASD, you can choose to pay for services privately.

    • What are the next steps now that my child has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder?

      If your child is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, our team will work with your family to secure Applied Behavior Analysis services. We will assist your family in getting approval for a Functional Behavior Assessment. This includes an assessment evaluating the function of your child’s behavior, a first step in developing a comprehensive behavioral treatment program.

    • Can my BT drive my child around, if needed?

      No. Your Behavior Technician can accompany your family for a clinically recommended trip in a family vehicle. BTs are prohibited from driving the child in any vehicle, even if a parent or guardian is present in the car.

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