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Springtide seeks to reimagine the way individuals receive autism therapy and support. Learn what makes us different and how are results stack up against the competition.

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Springtide provides 1:1, personalized therapies, including ABA, speech, occupational and physical therapies. In addition, we offer social skills classes, functional living skills training, school readiness training, language acquisition and family coaching.

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We believe in a world where autism care isn't so complicated. We make it easy to get started with Springtide. After our initial call and intake, we carry the torch and do the heavy lifting for you.

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Our mission is to be the partner for families on their journey. We offer a wealth of resources to our current parents, as well as free resources for the community.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions asked by parents about Springtide, ABA, and Autism.
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Springtide FAQs

Do you accept insurance?

Absolutely! We accept most major insurances, and our network is constantly growing to help serve more families. In fact, Springtide works together with insurance companies to help payers and providers better understand autism services and help push the industry forward.

What clients do you serve?

We work with children diagnosed with autism ages 2-18. We focus on a variety of different skill domains, with an emphasis on retention and future success. Our clients may come to us with social skills deficits, life skills, speech, motor skills, or others.

What services do you provide?

Springtide services focus on supporting the client and their families. Our primary focus is on skills development, using principles of ABA to create individualized goals that help clients develop. We also provide Speech and Occupational therapies as core components to a client’s program, should they require it. Through all of our programs, we provide sub-skills such as school readiness, social skills, language development, and functional living skills. Our Care Navigation team assists families finding asd-friendly resources in their community, and our parent support groups help give families the tools to continue to aid their child’s development. In addition, we offer autism diagnostic services to help children gain quicker access to care.

Is there a wait list?

Please reach out to us directly and we can provide more information specific to your location and your child. We know how important it is to have your child begin therapy as quickly as possible! We do our best to accommodate as many families as possible, expanding to new cities and even expanding capacity within our existing centers when possible. At Springtide we are committed to pairing each child with the therapist that has the best skill set to help support that individual child's needs so occasionally there may be a short wait for that particular therapist to have an open spot. We are consistently graduating children out of our program, which allows us to consistently serve more children (we are very proud of that, it means they have made so much progress they can move back to a school setting!).

Do you offer family support and/or resources?

Springtide’s mission is to be THE partner for families on their journey. Besides the many family-focused direct support services we provide, our entire model is built around supporting the client and their family. Springtide families have access to our family support groups, as well as a care navigator who assists families with finding autism-friendly resources in their area (dentists, barbers, etc) or help with certain aspects of the autism services journey. Our use of proprietary technology allows us to coordinate and communicate with families through portals and messaging. For the community, we regularly update our blog with various autism resources, tips, family activities, information, and so much more. Simply visit our website at myspringtide.com/blog to read some for yourself.

Where are you located?

We provide center-based ABA services, currently located across Connecticut and Massachusetts. To find a location near you, simply visit myspringtide.com/locations. Since our launch in 2020, we’ve made it a point to grow quickly in order to better serve the families that need us. Expect to see more Springtide centers in a city or state near you!

What makes Springtide different from other providers?

Springtide does a lot of things differently, but perhaps our most important differentiating factor is our emphasis on the whole child and on 360-degree support. When we bring kids into Springtide, we really want to assess everything that's happening, not just within their behavioral conditions, but what's happening medically, what's happening in their environment, what's happening with their mental health, and that helps us better set goals and progress tracking for each child. Behavior is not something to be corrected, but an indication of something that needs to be addressed.

Do you provide in-home services?

Springtide does not currently offer in-home services. We have heard from our parents that they benefit from our in-center services and appreciate that being our core focus.. In-center services are also an advantage for our team who can collaborate with each other every-day!

How long does a session last?

A typical day session is 6 hours a day/30 hours a week. We also offer after-school sessions for children attending day-school at 3 hours a day/15 hours a week.

ABA FAQs

What is ABA?

ABA therapy is a highly structured program that uses positive reinforcement to help children learn new skills. It can be done in a variety of settings, but ABA therapy completed at a child development center, like Springtide, may be the most effective.

What is ABA used for?

While ABA has been traditionally known to be used to ‘modify behavior’, the goal of modern ABA is to facilitate the development of skills that will help clients in their development. Behavior can be a form of communication, indicating discomfort or difficulty in other areas. Teaching clients the skills to communicate their needs, enhance their motor skills, facilitate decision making, and more can often help alleviate challenging behaviors, as the source of the clients discomfort has been identified and addressed.

When and where can my child receive therapy?

ABA can be done in a specialized center (like Springtide), in certain schools, and at-home. The hours are typically divided into a “day program” and an “after school program”. With various benefits including multidisciplinary collaboration, controlled environments, and specialized support, center-based programs are often preferred by families.

Is ABA bad for children?

ABA Therapy has, unfortunately, had a challenging past but has come a long way since it was introduced. The founder of ABA sought to simply ‘correct’ what they believed to be ‘undesirable behaviors’. This has long been proven to have been cruel, teaching individuals with autism that they were ‘wrong’ and need to act ‘right’. Modern ABA rejects this idea and celebrates neurodiversity. Rather than ‘correcting’ behaviors, Springtide’s ABA focuses on helping clients and their families gain the tools and the support necessary to succeed throughout their lives. This includes skill acquisition, parent support groups, resources, care navigation, diagnostic services, and collaboration across specialists. When looking for a provider, it is important to ask what types of ABA they provide, how they screen their RBTs, and more to be sure of finding the best provider for your child.

Who provides the services for my child?

Springtide believes the standard of quality for RBT should be raised. When parents trust their children with us, they’re trusting us with the most important person in their lives to perform one of the most important tasks of their young lives. As such, our RBTs are highly-trained, well screened, and given the tools and training from our very own internal teams to ensure their success. Our internal Learning and Development team coaches and develops our RBTs as they advance their career and continue their learning. We support our team well so that they can support you and your family.

Is ABA a substitute for school?

No, ABA is not a substitute for a K-12 education. Often, ABA is used as a supplement to regular schooling, such as in an afterschool program provided at Springtide. Our client programs will be built around where they are in life, either preparing them for their first days of school or helping them get through the first few years of elementary school.

Does ABA interfere with medical or other care my child receives?

Absolutely not! In fact, 360-degree support providers like Springtide work in tandem with other providers to ensure that everyone involved in a child’s care is informed and involved. Springtide puts a heavy emphasis on 360-degree care and collaboration with other providers, as we understand that autism care must address comorbidities and diverse individualism across the spectrum in order to be truly effective.

Autism FAQs

What is Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a broad term used to describe a group of neurodevelopmental disorders, often affecting areas such as social interaction, communication and motor skills. While there are common characteristics that can be attributed to autism, no two individuals on the spectrum are the same or should be treated as such.

How is Autism diagnosed?

Not just anyone can diagnose autism. The diagnosis of ASD is typically made by a specialist such as a developmental pediatrician, child psychologist, or neuropsychologist. A pediatrician may also refer the family to a specialist if they feel it’s warranted. They will have extensive knowledge of the different aspects of ASD and will be able to look at all areas of development to come up with a diagnosis.

What are signs and symptoms of autism?

Early screening for autism, between 18 and 24 months, typically looks for signs such as 

  1. Avoiding eye contact
  2. Poor use of gestures
  3. Having little interest in interacting with others
  4. Not wanting to speak
  5. Being upset by minor changes in routine

Similar signs can be exhibited in those diagnosed later in life, but social issues and troubles making friends can be among the most common yet often overlooked indicators at that age.

What do I do if I suspect my child might be on the spectrum?

The best thing to do is to speak to your child’s pediatrician about your concerns. Oftentimes, extensive research online can make people overthink things. If your suspicions are correct, you’ll be happy to know that the resources and support available for children on the spectrum has come a long way and only continues to grow. Many school districts are even prepared to educate individuals on the spectrum. Reach out to a child development provider like Springtide, who can help be a partner during the journey.

Springtide Resources for Parents

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IEP Meetings Part 1: What to Expect

Explaining what an IEP and IEP meeting look like, and how to best prepare in order to be the strongest advocate for your child.

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Springtide Child Development was awarded an Award of Distinction with The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE) and is a member of The Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP). These awards celebrate exceptional special needs providers that are leading the way in the areas of clinical quality, staff satisfaction, qualifications, and consumer satisfaction.
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