CARE provides ABA Programming to many other populations in addition to individuals with autism spectrum disorder.  While insurance coverage is still not available for these populations, CARE has designed a private programming model specifically to cater to the needs of these individuals and families.

Other populations we serve:

colored tags on fenceADHD/ADD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) manifests differently in each diagnosed individual.  This disorder typically causes difficulty attending to tasks, regulating activity level, inhibiting behavior resulting in inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Conversely, when activity levels are normal or low, the diagnosis of attention deficit disorder (ADD) is provided.  Recent studies have shown that applied behavior analysis therapy can potentially reduce the level of medication needed to treat these disorders.

Bi-Polar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is defined a manic-depressive psychological disorder.   The disorder is characterized by unusual shifts in mood, energy and activity levels.  Individuals diagnosed with bi-polar disorder may have difficulty carrying out day-to-day tasks. Scientist are continually researching the case of bi-polar disorder, but have identified no single case to date.  Rather, it is believed that many different factors act together. Bipolar is most common in teens and adults, however children as young as six have been clinically diagnosed.

Emotional Disturbance (ED)

Emotional disturbance refers to a number of different, but related, social-emotional disabilities. Individuals classified as emotionally disturbed meet several criteria established under IDEA, including the following:

  • An inability to exhibit appropriate behavior under ordinary circumstances
  • An inability to maintain relationships with peers or teachers
  • An inappropriate affect such as depression or anxiety
  • An inappropriate manifestation of physical symptoms or fears in response to school or personal difficulties

shutterstock_100254470These characteristics must be manifested over an extended time period and have a negative effect on school performance (U.S. Department of Education, 2002a).

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

Oppositional Defiant Disorder is often diagnosed as a co-morbid condition with one of the following disorders: ADHD, anxiety, or bi-polar. The disorder is characterized by excessive defiance, tantrums and revenge-seeking behaviors that can interfere with daily life.  These behaviors can sometimes puts the individual or child in harmful situations, as well.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a disorder of the brain and behavior which causes severe anxiety in those affected.

Obsessions are thoughts, images or impulses that occur over and over again and feel outside of the person’s control. Individuals with OCD do not want to have these thoughts and find them disturbing. In most cases, people with OCD realize that these thoughts don’t make any sense.  Obsessions are typically accompanied by intense and uncomfortable feelings such as fear, disgust, doubt, or a feeling that things have to be done in a way that is “just right.”

Compulsions are the second part of obsessive compulsive disorder. These are repetitive behaviors or thoughts that a person uses with the intention of neutralizing, counteracting, or making their obsessions go away. People with OCD realize this is only a temporary solution but without a better way to cope they rely on the compulsion as a temporary escape. Compulsions can also include avoiding situations that trigger obsessions. Compulsions are time consuming and get in the way of important activities the person values. (Retrieved from: http://iocdf.org/).

Downs Syndrome

shutterstock_202500265Down syndrome currently affects 1 in 691 children.  Down syndrome is the most common birth defect on record and is caused by an extra chromosome that duplicates genetic material.  Down syndrome is characterized by limited cognitive abilities, distinctive facial characteristics and poor muscle tone. More than a third of individuals diagnosed experience cardiac abnormalities, as well.