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WICHITA, Kansas – Among the many services Heartspring of Wichita provides are therapies that help children of active military families who are living with autism.
Out of the 100 military families Heartspring serves, 25 of them benefit from the therapies that they almost lost.
“I equate it to solving a puzzle, with a puzzle you start with the four corners. If you don’t have the four corners, you’re not off to a very good start,” explains Melissa Daniels.
Diagnosed with autism after moving to Wichita last July, four year-old Julia started coming to Heartspring for various therapies last fall.
Therapies that included ABA, or applied behavior analysis.
Julia comes to Heartspring three days a week.
Twice a week the therapy goes to her at home.
With her father as an active member of the military, those services were covered by insurance.
“ABA in the last five to ten years, we started 5 years ago with two of us and six kids. Now there are 15 of us and about 60 kids,” explains director of pediatric services Kimberly Becker.
But a brief scare last month nearly interrupted coverage of the $150.00 an hour services.
“They were going to discontinue services after two years and have to apply for a waiver to continue services when a lot of these families have been on this program for several years, they were very upset when they heard that,” says Becker.
While enough attention was raised so that interruption didn’t happen, Melissa Daniels wants other families to know what a difference the therapies at Heartspring have made in her daughter.
“She just wouldn’t have the tools to face these everyday situations, it would be a great misfortune to not have the services that she’s receiving right now,” says Daniels.
A check of your insurance benefits or the Kansas Autism Waiver will let you know if applied behavior analysis therapy is covered.
There’s also a scholarship program at Heartspring to cover the cost of services.
For more information click here. (WWW.HEARTSPRING.ORG)