Why We Exist & Challenges Associated With Autism

According the NHS, every year the UK sees 1 in 68 children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Adult care in autism costs the UK government £2.5 billion per annum.

 MG 9066 sASD is characterised by persistent deficits in social communication and interaction in multiple contexts, as well as the prevalence of restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests or activities. These deficits become evident in early childhood and if left untreated can lead to clinically functional impairment in later life.

Early intervention and evidence-based intervention through ABA have the potential to help thousands of children with ASD to live life without significant ongoing, long-term difficulties. Where early and evidence-based interventions are not applied, children with ASD could experience severe learning difficulties and remain non-verbal for their whole lives. Some children experience more subtle, ‘hidden’ difficulties, however these also can have a significant impact on their lives and those around them if left untreated.

Currently, it is very difficult for families to receive government funding for intensive ABA therapy, as it is an expensive treatment; a high quality, consistent programme costs £47,000.00 a year. Additionally, the body of evidence gathered by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) about the effectiveness of ABA is lacking despite there being a steadily growing body of evidence internationally supporting the effectiveness of early intervention and ABA therapy. As a result, millions of individuals are impacted by ASD on a daily basis with few resources on how to live with the disorder.

Our vision is for all children with ASD to have access to early intervention and intensive ABA therapy. Through intensive ABA, children will be able to reach their maximum potential, helping them live a high quality life.