ABA Horizons believes that all children can learn when given the appropriate tools and support. At ABA Horizons, we help young people with ASD to maximize their potential by providing high quality, individualised services based on the scientifically validated principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis.
ABA Horizons is owned and led by Cary and Jose Merida. Jose has over 20 years clinical experience, both providing and evaluating home based, residential and other state funded services in Florida. Cary continues to be a fierce advocate for ABA, helping to build the support networks and communities for individuals and their families.
In 2012 Cary and Jose were part of the legal team in Florida (link to documents), that won the rights for individuals on the spectrum, to receive state funded ABA services in Florida. Close to a decade later, this law is now mandated in 47/50 states in the USA.
With the current inaccessible ABA climate in the UK, ABA Horizons are actively working towards achieving the same outcomes in the UK. ABA Horizons are looking to work with Local Authorities (LAs) & Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), to help the public gain access to effective and pragmatic ABA services.
Our position on Autism and ABA
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
ASD is a developmental disorder that affects how an individual interacts with the world around them. It is characterised by difficulties in social interaction and communication and the presence of restricted or repetitive patterns of thoughts, behaviours and/or interests. As ASD is a spectrum, the characteristics vary in severity and present differently for each individual. We believe that each child is unique and will have their own strengths and challenges. Access to the right supports can allow individuals with ASD to be as independent as possible and lead meaningful lives. Due to the varied nature of ASD, ABA Horizons provides specialist interventions that are tailored to meet the individual needs of the person.
If you are concerned your child may have ASD, make an appointment to speak to your GP about your concerns and getting a referral for a paediatric assessment. You can also receive a referral for a paediatric assessment for other professionals such as occupational therapists and physiotherapists. The specifics of the paediatric assessment process varies between local authorities. In some areas you may be seen by a team of professionals, in other areas you may be seen solely by one professional. For more information on diagnosis, visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/autism/diagnosis.
What is ABA?
How can ABA Horizons help?
While we appreciate that ABA is not for everyone, we also recognise that access to ABA services for those who could benefit from it, is currently incredibly difficult. We believe this needs to change. ABA Horizons is working towards changing the climate of ABA by working with Local Authorities (LAs) & Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), to help individuals with ASD gain access to effective and pragmatic ABA services.