ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Caravel Autism Health provides comprehensive support for families through their center based as well as in-home care.
They use a unique therapy program called applied behavior analysis to help children with autism develop skills, create connections and gain confidence.
The goal is to increase skills and functioning while decreasing unwanted behaviors that hinder a child’s learning and communication.
Those at Caravel say that early diagnosis of autism is essential for treatment.
“Most times if we’re able to start treatment before the age of 2, children are able to go into a school setting with minimal needs and may not even be discernible from their peers,” said Jackie Vick, vice-president of Minnesota clinical operations. “That’s our main goal, that they’re able to go into kindergarten and be like everyone else.”
“You’ll see that there’s been a lot of time spent that each individual room is set up to meet the needs of a wide range of children,” said clinical director Alia McCann. “We will be working with kids ages 18 months all the way up to 18 years. There’s a lot that goes into that age span and a lot of skills that we will be working on with those kids.”
The Rochester center is Caravel’s first in the state of Minnesota. They plan to open a Mankato location in early 2020.