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Autism Center of Excellence

Center-Based Autism Therapy Program

Highly trained personnel deliver this program in a one-on-one format.
What Is Center Based Therapy?

As an alternative to home-based therapy, under Perspectives Corporation's Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) program, parents can now take their children to one of Perspectives Corporation’s therapy center in North Kingstown for treatment. This center offers intensive intervention for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (A.B.A.).

To strengthen core deficits, this intensive therapy gives your child the opportunity to practice each skill area multiple times within a day, including:

  • Learning Readiness skills (memory skills, following directions)
  • Intermediate and Advanced Language Skills
  • Theory of Mind (thinking, planning, problem solving)
  • Independent living skills (dressing skills, personal hygiene skills)

All these skills intertwine to build a complex language repertoire that allow for each child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders to reach their maximum potential.

Highly trained personnel deliver this program in a one-on-one format. Each child's program is individually developed and monitored by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (B.C.B.A.).

Who Is Eligible and What Are The Costs?

The costs for center-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) are funded by medical insurance. The commercial insurance funds must be exhausted in full before the Katie Beckett waiver kicks-in to provide coverage for the remainder of the insurance calendar year.

Center-based treatment is also available via private pay.

It is recommended that families carry both medical insurance and the Katie Beckett waiver.

Eligibility Requirements for Katie Beckett
  • Under age 19
  • A Rhode Island resident
  • US citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Meet income and resource requirements
  • Meet the Social Security Administration’s disability requirements
  • Require a level of care at home that is typically provided in a hospital, nursing facility or intermediate care facility for persons with mental retardation
Eligibility Requirements for Health Insurance
  • Active Medical health insurance
  • Under age 15

*Rhode Island State Law Chapter 27:20:11, Autism Disorders, which became effective on 1/1/2012 states:
Mandatory coverage for Autism spectrum disorders. – (a) Every group health insurance contract, or every group hospital or medical expense insurance policy, plan, or group policy delivered, issued for delivery, or renewed in this state, by any health insurance carrier, on or after January 1, 2012, shall provide coverage for autism spectrum disorders; provided, however, the provisions of this chapter shall not apply to contracts, plans or group policies subject to the Small Employer Health Insurance Availability Act, chapter 50 of this title, Medical Assistance, chapter 40-8, or subject to the Individual Health Insurance Coverage Act, chapter 18.5 of this title.

How To Apply?

Typically, when a child is diagnosed with Autism Disorder Spectrum the family will be referred to CEDARR (Comprehensive Evaluation Diagnosis Assessment Referral Re-evaluation ) family center services, which is part of the Executive Offices of Human Services, to be approved for home-based therapy funded by the Katie Beckett waiver, if qualified.

Under the auspices of Rhode Island Autism Mandate this is not necessarily required for center-based treatment but is a recommended course of action because health insurance may not cover 100% of treatment costs and the Katie Beckett waiver will cover any supplemental costs if the insurance premiums are exhausted within any given year of insurance coverage.

CEDARR Centers:

Solutions CEDARR
(401) 461-4351
About Families
(401) 365-6855
Empowered Families
(401) 383-3669
Families First
335 R Prairie Ave, Suite 1A
Providence, RI 02905
(401) 444-7703
Perspectives Corporation's Center-Based Therapy Staff

The team that will work with your and your family will be led by a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA) and will be supported by the services of paraprofessionals, as needed.

For information about Perspectives Corporation’s Youth and Family Services, please call (401) 294-8181.