What to Expect

Autism Screening

In order to ensure optimal outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, early identification and early intervention are key. The first steps in this process are awareness and screening. Families should be aware of the developmental milestones that children typically reach around certain ages as well as warning signs that could possibly indicate risk for ASD or other developmental delays. Screening provides families who have concerns about their child’s development to quickly and efficiently find out if their child is at risk for ASD and needs further assessment. Screening is not the same thing as diagnostic evaluation and cannot identify whether a child does or does not have autism. Instead, screening is tool, or stepping stone, that can determine what the next step should be.

Whether a child is referred by a parent or caregiver, the child’s school or through foster care, many of the behaviors presented at home and in school are generally consistent. And in many cases, these are significant indicators that the child needs attention and help.

These signs include:

  • Difficulty getting along with peers and/or family members
  • Decline in school performance, struggling with school work
  • Disruptive behaviors – at home, school or other
  • Experienced grief of loss
  • Major life changes
  • Ongoing feelings of sadness and/or moodiness
  • Poor attention span, lack of focus
  • Poor self-esteem, body image concerns
  • Self harm or suicidal thoughts
  • Substance use or abuse
  • Victim or witness of trauma or violence

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Therapy Services

Kapolei Autism Center provides Applied Behavioral Analysis services for individuals on the autism spectrum disorder and related learning deficits, ages three (3) years to eighteen (18) years old. Therapy services are provided by Registered Behavioral Technicians under the guidance of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who provides the individualized curriculum for each child receiving ABA services with our center. 

Therapy addresses areas such as:

-language development

-social skills

-play skills

-self-help skills

-academic skills

-potty training

-reduction of problem behavior

-reduction of stereotypical behavior

-stress management

-anger management

Currently Accepting: Kaiser Permanente Hawai’i, HMSA, and Private Pay Clients (Inquire). 

We are working to expand the list of insurance providers our center works in partnership with. Please follow-up by visiting the Contact Us page. All inquires are responded to within 48 hours. 

Social Skills Groups

Small groups of 2-5 kids are provided to help develop and practice appropriate communication and social skills

Parent and ‘Ohana Training

We integrate parents, siblings, and other family members into our therapy sessions as much as possible.  We believe parent input and participation is a critical component of effective treatment.