Tomorrow’s Not Yesterday Foundation (TNY) is primarily focused on younger children, providing early diagnosis and therapeutic interventions during the child’s early years when it is needed most. TNY also will provide therapy services to older children with ASD, as well counseling and other forms of support for the families of ASD children
"All children with autism are unique and have specific learning needs best addressed through an individual treatment plan.
Many studies have shown that early diagnosis and intervention is the key to helping children with ASD. Although pediatricians and schools prefer to wait until age five to make a more definitive diagnosis, symptoms can appear as early as age two, and are often first noticed by parents.
Individual Education Plan (IEP)
Once a child is diagnosed with ASD, schools are required to create an IEP that may include various therapies including speech and Applied Behavior Analysis as part of the child's special needs education and therapy.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
ABA is one of the most widely accepted autism therapies, and is endorsed as a treatment for ASD by the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the U.S. Surgeon General. As of April 2016, 41 of the 50 states in the U.S. have laws that require health insurers to cover it.
ABA is based on the idea that people are more likely to repeat behaviors that are rewarded than behaviors that are not recognized or are ignored. Since the 1960s, researchers have recognized that ABA can help children with autism. ABA does this by helping them develop a number of skill sets while reducing the likelihood of their engaging in problematic behaviors.
Most ASD therapy programs include speeh-language therapy. Speech-language therapy uses a variety of techniques designed to coordinate the mechanics of speech with the meaning and social use of language. Some children with ASD do not speak, while others love to talk but have difficulty carrying on conversations or understanding nonverbal cues. After an evaluation, the therapist helps set goals and a treatment plan designed to help the child better communicate.
Occupational therapists develop a treatment plan designed to help children interact with their environment through daily, age-appropriate activities, such as getting dressed or playing a game. Therapies are designed to help the child learn to better function in their environment, including the development of specific skills like increasing attention span, motor skills such as posture, balance and manipulating small objects, aggression, and interaction with caregivers.
Floortime therapy is usually conducted on a playroom floor, and has a focus on the child's emotional experience as a way to encourage development and master functional emotional milestones and develop the capacity to be a warm, caring individual who is flexible and adaptable. This includes interventions designed to encourage sharing attention with others, to feel calm and safe while exploring their environment, development of trust and a relationship with caregivers.
TNY’s goal is to help diagnose and treat 100s of children each year, and specifically to help children and their families meet the gap in available treatment that families could otherwise not afford. TNY has plans to expand its efforts to other cities and states in the coming years and one-day help support 1000s of ASD children and their families with therapies including Speech, Occupational, ABA and more.
TNY is currently in its first phase as a non-profit startup, working to reach out to the Autism community, raise awareness, and begin the process of board development and fundraising with a goal of finding a facility, hiring staff and providing ASD services on an ongoing, sustainable basis.