Speech and language therapy can play a vital role in the identification of autism and is often part of a collaboration of services providing treatment to autistic persons. Let’s take a look at what speech therapy is and how this service is extremely beneficial for those diagnosed with autism.Continue reading “Speech and Language Therapy and Autism”
At Building BLOCS our goal is to create a fun and engaging environment where your child wants to play and learn, while also supporting high levels of skill acquisition and addressing any behaviors of concern. We use the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) as the model for our ABA therapy services. This model is a naturalistic play-based model of therapy that we believe supports a partnership in therapy between the child client and the adult provider.Continue reading “Learning in Play with the Early Start Denver Model”
If you are exploring ABA therapy as a potential service for your child, you may be wondering; what typically happens in an ABA therapy session?Continue reading “What Happens in an ABA Therapy Session?”
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is a group of teaching or instructional techniques based on the science and principles of behavior. These techniques are used to teach socially significant skills to a person in an effort to establish meaningful outcomes for the individual.Continue reading “What Is ABA Therapy?”
We are starting a new virtual learning series at Building BLOCS–Lunch and Learn. Join us on Thursdays as we explore topics that our families consistently ask about–potty training, sleep routines, challenging behaviors, and more. This week we’re starting with an introduction to Special Education and the IEP process.Continue reading “Special Education and the IEP Process”
Building BLOCS knows how important it is to keep our kids active in the community, but finding sensory friendly activities that work for your child is rare. Here is our list of local or virtual sensory friendly events for your family to explore in the Austin area.Continue reading “Autism Friendly Activities in Austin”
Early intervention, speech, and ABA therapy can be incredibly life-changing. We believe that this therapy should be as accessible as possible for families of all socio-economic backgrounds. Unfortunately, Texas lawmakers have enacted severe budget cuts that will soon impact many families’ ability to provide therapy for their children.
In short, Texas legislators have cut Medicaid funding for therapy services, including speech, autism, and occupational therapy, for thousands of Texas children with disabilities. Although a lawsuit was filed to halt the budget cuts, the Texas Supreme Court refused to hear the case. Now, starting on December 15th, those budget cuts will be officially applied.
While this is obviously devastating news for our community, there is still a chance that the budget cuts may be reversed. House Speaker Joe Straus has shown interest in addressing the issue during the next House session, beginning in January.
Therapy services such as the ones being cut by Medicaid are vital to our children and our communities. Please join us in contacting our representatives to ensure that these children do not continue to lose healthcare services. House Speaker Joe Straus’ mailing address, email address, and phone number are listed here. As we near the upcoming House session, it is imperative that we remind him how much of a difference these therapies are to our children and our families. In addition, you can email or phone Governor Greg Abbott or Lt. Governor Dan Patrick.
At Building Blocs, we witness daily the immense change that early intervention therapies can make in children’s lives and the lives of their family. These therapies should be accessible for all children, including those on Medicaid. The funding necessary to help children with disabilities is not excess to be cut from Texas’ budget; instead, it is essential to the upbringing and well-being of Texas’ children.
Building BLOCS has moved into our new center, and we’d like to invite you all to join us at our Grand Opening–October 29 from 10:00-2:00.
We will have a petting zoo for the first two hours so be sure to come early!
11623 Angus Road, Suite E20
Austin, TX 78759
(183 and Duval)