Autism Center of Excellence


Perspectives' Autism Center of Excellence can provide the tools and information you need to make important decisions regarding your child or loved one's autism treatment.


What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum Disorder, commonly referred to as autism or ASD, refers to a group of complex disorders of brain development that can cause social, communication and behavioral difficulties. The range of these disorders is often referred to as the "autism spectrum."

There is no specific medical test to diagnose ASD; instead, to detect autism, children will undergo behavioral and developmental analysis. ASDs occur in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups, though boys are five times more likely to be affected as girls. Detection can occur as early as 18 months old.

Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention

Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention, or EIBI, is a method of treatment derived from more than 50 years of scientific and clinical research demonstrating that the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis constitute a sound basis for intervention for children with autism. Perspectives' EIBI curriculum is systematic and highly detailed, and addresses pivotal areas including foundational cognitive skills, functional communication, linguistic skills, conceptual skills, social cognition, and self-help skills.

Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, is a scientifically validated approach to understanding behavior and how it is affected by the environment. ABA looks at behavior in terms of cue, action, and consequences, and may include such principles as positive reinforcement and Discrete Trial Training; a method of further compartmentalizing skills into small, or "discrete," components which are systematically taught one by one. Perspectives uses such principles and techniques to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior, and can foster basic skills such as looking, listening and imitating, as well as complex skills such as reading and conversing.

Rhode Island Autism Mandate

The Rhode Island Autism Mandate requires that 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 the state on or after January 1, 2012, will provide coverage for autism spectrum disorders.

Benefits include coverage for applied behavior analysis, physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy services for the treatment of autism spectrum disorders. These benefits continue until the covered individual reaches the age of fifteen.

CEDAR Centers in Rhode Island

CEDAR Family Centers are a part of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, which provide information about and referral to the services and support options available for all children enrolled in Medicaid, and who have disabilities or special needs.

Once you have obtained your child's official diagnosis of autism in a written evaluation, you may contact a Family CEDAR Centers to schedule an appointment to develop a Family Care Plan for accessing services within Rhode Island.

RI Parent Information Network
1210 Pontiac Ave
Cranston, RI 02920

Three CEDAR Family Center
335 R Prairie Ave, Suite 1A
Providence, RI 02905

Solutions CEDAR at Family Service RI
134 Thurbers Ave
Providence, RI 02905

Eligibility & Payment Options

The cost of center-based or home-based autism services may be funded by medical insurance, private pay, and/or through the Katie Beckett provision.

To qualify for medical insurance coverage, a child must be under age 15, and have an active medical expense insurance policy, plan, or group policy in the state of Rhode Island. You should contact your medical insurance provider for more information.

Katie Beckett is an eligibility category that allows children who have long term disabilities or complex medical needs to qualify for Medicaid coverage.

To be eligible for Medicaid coverage through Katie Beckett, a child must be under age 19, and:

  • Be a resident of Rhode Island
  • Meet the income and resource requirements for Medicaid for persons with a disability
  • Qualify under the U.S. Social Security Administration's (SSA) definition of disability
  • Live at home
  • Require a level of care at home that is typically provided in a hospital, nursing facility or an Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with Mental Retardation (ICF-MR)