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Bangor, ME: Autism therapy center opens; "demand...is only growing"

April 4, 2022, News Center Maine: Autism therapy center opens in Bangor https://www.newscentermaine.com/article/news/health/a-new-autism-therapy-center-for-children-opens-in-bangor/97-1fb20173-8f3f-4703-ab98-e686f2f6b1a6

For parents of children with autism, it can be a challenge to find the proper care for their kids, especially for families living in Maine's rural areas. But a new autism therapy clinic has opened in Bangor. The clinic fills an important need in the region, according to staff. Heartleaf ABA located at 396 Griffin Road provides autism treatment through applied behavior analysis therapy, or ABA. Brian Steinberg, vice president of operations at Heartleaf ABA, said ABA is a type of one-on-one therapy for children with autism. The treatment's goal is to encourage and teach certain behaviors and skills while discouraging others considered undesirable. The hope is to prepare autistic children to function and succeed in everyday settings like public school where they often face many challenges. … Steinburg said the demand for autism treatment services is only growing, and the new clinic meets the needs of Greater Bangor. … Another Heartleaf ABA therapy center is scheduled to open in Portland in the near future, Steinburg told NEWS CENTER Maine. The new center will be located across the street from the University of Southern Maine.