Autism Therapy2024-05-22T11:38:34-05:00
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AUTISM THERAPY
SERVICES

OUR GOAL

ICM provides in-home early intervention
and applied behavior analysis therapy to
children and adolescents with autism
throughout Arkansas.

90+

CUSTOMERS SERVED
BY ICM TEAM

100+

AUTISM THERAPY
PROFESSIONALS

340+

CHILDREN SERVED IN THE
AUTISM WAIVER SINCE 2013

FAQ

What are Autism Therapy Services?2024-05-07T15:24:01-05:00

The ICM Autism Therapy Program consists of home-based therapies designed to provide evidenced-based interventions to children diagnosed with autism to cultivate life skill development and independence. ICM employs and contracts with Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Consultants, Lead Therapists and Line Therapists to deliver interventions. ICM offers two primary options for receiving autism-based therapies, Autism Waiver and EPSDT (Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment).

What Makes Our Autism Therapy Services Different?2024-05-07T15:20:19-05:00

ICM strongly believes in an individualized approach to delivering autism therapy. Our therapists spend a significant amount of time getting to know each child and family to customize the treatment plan and to effectively meet each child’s unique needs. ICM strongly believes in therapies being delivered in the child’s normal environment so that the skills learned are more naturally applied. All of our autism therapies are provided within the child’s home and in the presence of the parent(s). ICM therapists undergo an extensive vetting and onboarding process including background checks, drug screens, and robust training.

What is the Autism Waiver Program?2024-05-07T15:23:02-05:00

For children 18 months to eight years old, ICM offers early, intensive intervention services within the home through a partnership with the University of Arkansas and the Arkansas Department of Human Services (i.e., Arkansas Partnership Program or AAP). The AAP is a Medicaid Waiver program that waives parental income for participation; there is no cost or copay for this program. Parents enroll their children in the program prior to the child turning five years of age; children can remain enrolled for up to three years.

Our statewide program provides one-to-one intervention with the child in the home for 20 to 25 hours per week by a team of therapists. The team utilizes evidenced-based individualized strategies to help children develop skills in the areas of cognition, communication, self-care, socialization, and appropriate behavior. All services are individualized to meet the unique needs of each child.

Parental or guardian participation is a significant strength of the Autism Waiver program. Parents are considered active members of the team for treatment and are trained to use strategies included in their child’s treatment plan. Parents are present during each therapy session equipping them to implement parts of the treatment plan at least 14 hours per week when therapists are not present.

To learn more on the Autism Waiver program or to apply, visit:

What is Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT)?2024-04-19T03:47:20-05:00

We also offer ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy to children and adolescents not eligible for the
Arkansas Waiver or those who recently completed the program via the Arkansas Medicaid program
called EPSDT (Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment).

EPSDT is a federally mandated child health component of Medicaid designed to bring comprehensive
health care to individuals eligible for medical assistance from birth until age 21. Autism services
through EPSDT and Autism Waiver services cannot occur simultaneously. Children commonly receive
ABA autism services through EPSDT after completing the Autism Waiver program.

The EPSDT program offers ABA therapy in a child’s home with the parent or guardian present.
Therapy ranges from 10-30 hours per week, depending on the child’s needs. Board-certified behavior
analysts and registered behavior technicians provide autism therapies.

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