Services

Autism

From struggle to strength.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a serious developmental disability characterized by deficits in communication abilities and social skills, and repetitive behaviors. 

Research shows early intervention can make a significant difference in a child’s healthy development. Mary Free Bed Kids offers specialized diagnostic and intervention services, including Applied Behavioral Analysis, for optimal growth. 

Who we serve 

Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder often appear before the age of two. They may include delayed language development, repetitive or restrictive behaviors, or social skill deficits. 

Mary Free Bed, an Approved Autism Evaluation Center (AAEC), offers diagnostic services at our main campus in downtown Grand Rapids, as well as at Network locations in Bay City and Traverse City.  

Before treatment can begin, a diagnosis of autism from an AAEC is required by Blue Cross Blue Shield and Blue Care Network.  

An autism diagnosis is required for all patients to receive ABA therapy. 

Call 616.840.8946 to check insurance eligibility. 

Autism Program

How we help

Our specialists will identify your child’s strengths, struggles and needs to develop an individualized treatment plan that improves: 

  • Functional communication 
  • Social and play skills 
  • Independent living skills, such as getting dressed 

Supervised by a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), ABA therapy is an intensive, evidence-based treatment technique for autism that uses reinforcement and other specialized strategies to help improve your child’s overall functioning. 

Treatment takes place in a safe and friendly environment. Depending on your child’s individual plan of care, it may include: 

  • Between 20 and 40 hours each week of ABA therapy. Some care plans may recommend fewer hours.   
  • One-on-one therapy with a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), supervised by a BCBA.  
  • Social skills training with near-age peer groups, supported by an RBT.  
  • Bi-weekly training in which you and other caregivers will be actively involved. You’ll learn and effective strategies that will reinforce your child’s behavior at home.  
  • Constant collaboration with your child’s caregivers, school and other external support systems to coordinate care.  

 

Eligibility

Our autism program offers services for children and adolescents from about 18 months through 18 years of age. Call the location nearest you for more information. 

Locations

Walker

Mary Free Bed Walker – Kids
1550 Three Mile Road NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49544
Phone: 616.840.8807
Fax: 616.840.9684 

Traverse City

Mary Free Bed at Munson Medical Center –Foster Family Community Health Center
550 Munson Ave.
Traverse City, MI 49686
Phone: 616.840.8807
Fax: 616.840.9684
At our Traverse City location, care begins at the age of 24 months. 

Bay City

Mary Free Bed at Covenant Center for Autism
2919 E. Wilder Road
Bay City, MI 48706
Phone: 989.671.5738 

Need Rehabilitation? Ask for Mary.