LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The number of children being diagnosed with autism is increasing rapidly every year. But with that comes more and more families finding it harder to get the services they need.
Piece by Piece ABA Therapy Autism Center leaders say they're here for one reason.
“To service a need of kids that currently aren't having therapy and need the services we provide,” said Piece by Piece Owner, Seth Parker.
This new autism center is located 80 Professional Ct. on the southside of Lafayette. There are now six autism therapy centers in Greater Lafayette but this one isn't looking to compete.
“We're not trying to reinvent the wheel or anything crazy Lafayette has a lot of great places, tools, resources,” said Parker. “We want to stay not really focused on maximizing our location but really just maximizing the services that we can provide.”
They’re working to fill the gaps where some of the other centers are lacking through offering a no waiting list and therapy for all behaviors with no age limit on who they serve.
Parker and Piece by Piece Owner Meg Mitchell partnered to bring the new autism therapy center to Lafayette. While Parker works is an owner for Piece by Piece he’s also a parent who has experienced first hand the struggle of getting services in Lafayette.
“It was just really frustrating when my wife and I were trying to go through the process of getting help and these tools for our five-year-old and our timeline was anywhere from six months to two years potentially when we could get services,” said Parker.
All the Greater Lafayette autism therapy centers are Applied Behavior Analysis based also known as ABA.
“ABA is proven to be most effective when it's early intervention,” said Mitchell. “Waiting six months to a year is detrimental when they need services today.”
Emily Ransom is one parent who previously traveled to Indianapolis for services. She has also experienced the frustration of having to wait on services for her child. She's happy there are more options now.
“Maybe this change will help him, I think it's going to help him tremendously,” said Ransom.
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