Providence Boyden Family Autism Center: Easing The Way For Families
Autism impairs a person’s ability to communicate and interact smoothly with others, and a child’s autism impacts every member of the family. Most parents bear a great deal of stress as they juggle therapy schedules with work and family obligations, battle feelings of social isolation and frustration, and shoulder the financial burden of treatments that aren’t always covered by insurance.
Washington’s autism rate is relatively high: About one in 62 children is diagnosed with autism in our state, compared to one in 68 nationwide. Historically, the local need for care and treatment has outpaced availability of services in our community.
When it opened in August 2014, the Providence Boyden Family Autism Center began to improve access to autism therapies and shorten waiting times for diagnosis and treatment. Parents in Snohomish County no longer have to drive to Seattle or wait up to 18 weeks for a diagnosis. They have some of our region’s most qualified, committed autism experts working right here.
About the program
The center is the only Center of Excellence for diagnosis of autism in Snohomish County.
It offers a comprehensive treatment program focused on teaching foundational skills needed for effective communication, adaptive skills and positive behavior management, which help children transition into school. Children attend 12 hours of therapy per week for 12 weeks, and parents also must commit to five hours of training and education per week for the duration of the program.
The program’s parent training has two prongs. Individual consultation and group-based parent trainings help participants develop skills and build relationships with other families. Secondly, the classroom component provides parents with coached, hands-on practice.
Did you know?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that causes issues with communication, interaction and behavior. As a “spectrum disorder,” autism affects different people in different ways. No two people have the same symptoms.