Imua Autism Services

Our Autism Program philosophy is that all children with autism can learn and grow and improve their current and future lives and the lives of their families.  Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person’s life. Diagnoses are now differentiated by the severity of the disorder, which can range from very mild to very severe.

 

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, today approximately 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism. The disorder occurs in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups, and is almost five times more likely to occur in boys than girls. Currently there are over 3 million individuals in the U.S. with this diagnosis.

 

Children and adults with ASD often have problems with social, emotional and communication skills. They may avoid eye contact, prefer to be alone, not look at an object when another person points to it, have difficulty relating to and socializing with others, repeat actions over and over, have trouble adapting to a change in routine, or lose skills they once had.

 

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Treatment for Autism 

ABA is a scientific discipline that focuses on the meaningful changes in human behavior. ABA is used to help those diagnosed with autism make socially significant changes in their behavior and gain needed skills.  Imua has responded to the increase in individuals diagnosed with ASD by increasing our specialized programs, and the services we offer to the Maui County community.

 

General Resources

Video Blog about Autism for Parents & Professionals

Autism Action Guide for Parents

 

Local Resources 

Autism Society of Hawaii

Clinical Trials for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Hawaii Disability Rights Association

Maui Special Olympics

Surfing for Special Needs:

 

National Resources

Association for Science in Autism Treatment

 

International Resources

Autism Community Training – Over 30 free training videos for families

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks – Advocacy

 

Applied Behavior Analysis Resources:

Association for Positive Behavior Support (Home and School)

Association for Professional Behavior Analysts

Association for Behavior Analysis International

Behavior Analysis Certification Board

 

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