We are thrilled to share some exciting news with our Golden Steps ABA community!
Our newly opened Virginia Beach clinic has been featured in a heartwarming segment on Channel 3, showcasing the vital work we do to support children with autism in our community. Today, we want to take a moment to celebrate this incredible milestone and provide you with an overview of the coverage that has been making waves across Virginia Beach!
At Golden Steps ABA, we have always been committed to providing top-notch care and support to children with autism and their families. Our Virginia Beach clinic has been a beacon of hope, helping countless families navigate the challenges of autism and empowering children to reach their fullest potential.
Channel 3 recently visited our Virginia Beach clinic to learn more about our mission and the impact we have on the community.
Watch the Channel 3 segment by clicking the link below
The Channel 3 article, titled "Therapy Center for Children with Autism Opens in Virginia Beach", provides an in-depth look at our clinic's opening and the positive impact we have had on the community:
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A new center focusing on serving those with autism spectrum disorder has opened in the Lynnhaven area of Virginia Beach.
Golden Steps ABA offers in-home therapy and early intervention services, according to its clinic manager, Ashley Geary.
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is a “scientific approach to understanding behavior,” according to Virginia Commonwealth University. ABA can be used to increase behaviors, such as social skills, or decrease challenging or negative behaviors, according to VCU.
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"We’re teaching kids how to read, how to open doors, how to use the bathroom," said behavioral therapist Sharlett Lima. “And when you get to reach those milestones, you know that like, 'Wow, I did that. We did that,’ we were able to teach this child something they will carry on for the rest of their lives.”
Lima also explained that therapy services can be for adults too; for example, working on social skills and applying for college.
Geary says many children with autism are eligible for Medicaid, which helps pay for services. Those with private insurance often have co-pays ranging from about $10 to $50 per session until they’ve reached their cap.
Golden Steps ABA does not currently accept Tricare insurance, which serves military families.
Monchea Turner has four children and says her youngest, Dylan, was diagnosed early with ASD.
“All of my kids started talking at about one, and he wasn’t saying too much of anything, so I kind of got scared. I thought at first he could not hear, so I went and got his hearing checked," Turner said.
Dylan has already started receiving ABA services and his mother is seeing signs of progress and hope.
“One of the goals was for him to say ‘Mom,’ and he said it!" Turner said. "I got a feeling if he can say ‘Mom,’ I believe he will talk one day. I don’t know how long it will take or when it will be.”
Virginia Commonwealth University has provided information on ABA. Click here for more information.
Meanwhile, the Autism Society of Tidewater Virginia organizes activities for children and adults with ASD. Click here for more information.
Golden Steps ABA is located at 629 Phoenix Dr. in Virginia Beach.
We are grateful for the support we have received from the Virginia Beach community and beyond!
If you're interested in scheduling a free appointment, please feel free to contact us. We also welcome individuals who want to get involved by joining our RBT fellowship program or working with us as a therapist.