AIM Clinics (Autism in Motion) opened Jan. 13 and the staff of trained therapists set high goals and are passionate to make a difference in the lives of Arkansas children diagnosed with autism.
According to the National Institute for Mental Health, Applied Behavior Analysis therapy is the most effective treatment for autism. One in every 65 children in Arkansas are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
Upon entering the AIM clinic, one sees the excitement and contagious smiles on the faces of the children and therapists as they work diligently to improve communication and language skills.
“It started some time ago when both my sons were diagnosed with autism,” said Sheri Homishak, chief clinical officer. “At three, one of my boys would just spin around on the floor and wouldn’t speak at all.
“That’s when we ultimately moved to South Carolina where an autism therapy program was in place. It was an amazing change in their lives. They are grown, honor students leading healthy productive lives,” she said.
Homishak is back in Arkansas and has recruited exceptional staff members.
On board is 2007 Fountain Lake Charter School graduate Logan Pratt, a Vanderbilt University graduate who obtained his masters at the University of Chicago. He is now the vice president of business management.
Also joining was Frankie Schiller. After meeting Pratt in Chicago as she worked on two graduate degrees following her commencement at M.I.T., she now serves as Bryant AIM chief operating officer. Joining in unison, Pratt and Schiller said “We’re fighting the brain drain and we’re winning.”
Each child has a specific therapy plan to meet individual needs. Children can visit the clinic on a regular basis, but home options are also available. ABA is a one-on-one program that helps a child with improving many skills, including communication and language, behavior, anxiety and aggression, social and cognitive abilities. It is positive reinforcement to bring meaningful changes in behavior.
“We’re so proud of our recent first place at Booth School of Business Social New Venture Classic,” said Pratt. “We spent months meeting with advisors, honing our plan and 70 judges agreed to our venture funding.”
“We are incredibly honored to be chosen as the winners of the SNVC. We all have worked really hard to get here and are looking forward to using the money and other resources SNVC provides to continue to make an impact in Arkansas, said George Boghos, CEO of AIM Clinics.”
The AIM Clinics received the first-place prize of $45,000 in venture funding, as well as the $20,000 Early Childhood Award, a prize supported by the Renee Adelson Early Childhood Innovation Fund.
“Our plans are to expand to Benton, Magnet Cove and other nearby areas, eventually establish clinics throughout Arkansas,” said Schiller.
“Our mission is simple. We aim to realize dreams, we aim to feel like family, we aim to treat the whole child and we aim to unlock potential,” said Homishak.
Many parents who have children with autism are not aware that many insurance companies cover ABA therapy. If you have questions about coverage, call AIM Insurances Service team at 501-574-3053. More information can be found at https://www.aimclinics.com.