Families for Effective Autism Treatment or FEAT of Nebraska was founded by parents of autistic children. FEAT of Nebraska is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization for parents and families of children with autism. To join our organization, download the form from the link below and mail to the address on the application.
FEAT of Nebraska believes that newly diagnosed children with autism should receive intensive, quality, effective treatment that is based in research. FEAT’s mission is to provide education to families and the community on effective autism treatments, and to provide support to families seeking effective treatments for their children on the autism spectrum.
Applied Behavior Analysis has been proven effective through published, long-term, replicated research. If appropriate, we believe that children with autism should consider starting a quality, intensive ABA program as soon after diagnosis as possible.
Most children with autism never receive the quality, intensive services that research shows could give them their best chance to overcome the debilitating impact autism will have on their lives.
Many parents in Nebraska have never heard of ABA. Or they may have been told that their school or regional center agency “does ABA.” But parents often don’t have any way to evaluate the quality or effectiveness of school and regional center autism programs.
That’s why FEAT is here. Formed by parents of autistic children, we understand how hard it is to get reliable information on effective therapy for our kids. We want every autistic child to have the opportunity to get the results offered by a quality, research-based program.
FEAT of Nebraska provides support to families. At our bi-monthly meetings, parents hear about the latest autism research and practices from the most respected experts around. They can meet other parents and learn about local agencies providing quality programs. And they can get advice on navigating “the system” to secure funding for services for their child.
FEAT of Nebraska has helped many families link up with providers of quality, research-based programs for their autistic children. As a result, these kids now have opportunities to maximize their potential that come from receiving the most effective autism therapy available.
Please join us at our quarterly meetings, which are free and open to the public. Although our meetings are geared toward parents and families, professionals are also welcome.
Get information about local ABA providers
FEAT has a list of recommended ABA providers who offer the quality, intensive programs that research shows provide the most benefit to children with autism. We encourage parents to carefully research service providers and choose the one that fits their needs best. See local ABA Providers.
Get information about obtaining funding
FEAT can provide advice on working through your regional center or school district to get services for your child. If needed, we also refer parents to attorneys and advocates to support you in the process.
Get information about independent assessments
A thorough psychological assessment of your child with good recommendations is critical to ensuring that your child will receive the services that best match his or her needs. FEAT has a list of psychologists that can offer these types of assessments. We encourage families to research these providers to find the one that will meet their needs best.
In one landmark study (Lovaas, 1987), nearly half (47%) of young children with autism treated by an intensive ABA program achieved normal intellectual and educational functioning by the end of first grade. In these programs, the goal is to increase skills in language, play and socialization, while decreasing behaviors that interfere with learning. The results can be profound. Many children with autism who have ritualistic or self-injurious behaviors reduce or eliminate these behaviors. They establish eye contact. They learn to stay on task. Finally the children acquire the ability and the desire to learn and to do well. Even if the child does not achieve a “best outcome” result of normal functioning levels in all areas, nearly all autistic children benefit from intensive ABA programs.
ABA can benefit older children too. If you have an older child that has never tried ABA, we encourage you to try it to see if your child could benefit from such a program.
In an ABA home program, the parents recruit and hire therapists and a senior therapist. The agency provides a qualified ABA professional to design the child’s individualized program, and train and supervise the behavior therapists on a consultation basis.
In an ABA clinic program (also called center-based program), all services are provided by the agency, including the professional consultant, therapists and senior therapists.