Autism services center opens in Noblesville


Shaya Bates loves the collaboration of Noblesville’s new autism services center.

“What drew me to wanting to bring BY YOUR SIDE to this area was that I really like the collaborative therapy approach between the families and the therapy team, so every kiddo that received services through BY YOUR SIDE, there is a parent training component to each program,” Bates said. “I also really like the flexibility of the parents being able to come in and participate in their child’s therapy. We try to get the whole family involved.”

Bates is the center lead for BY YOUR SIDE Autism Therapy Services opened in August. The center, 1108 S. Ninth St., Noblesville, held its official open house Nov. 11.

BY YOUR SIDE started in Illinois, and this is the first center in Indiana.

Bates, a Noblesville resident, has been doing ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) in the area for more than 10 years. As a board certified behavior analyst, she supervises ABA therapists.

Bates said if the autistic child is having trouble with siblings at home, they will make special trips to the house.

“For instance, last week I went with a family to church because they were saying their kid gets overwhelmed at church,” she said. “They might be doing well at the center; that doesn’t make too much of an impact if we can’t translate and help them participate out in the community and events.”

Bates said the ABA goal is to transition where the child is going to continue to learn but is going to be out in the community with their family and peers.

“I also like in the BY YOUR SIDE centers they recreate natural environments,” Bates said. “We have community spaces which helps to foster that collaboration again and helps them socialize. It just occurs naturally, and they’re not always sitting at a table one-on-be with their therapist. We have a room that looks like a living room. Our kitchen has an actual dining set. It’s not everything feeling too sterile.”

There are two registered behavior technicians and one ABA therapist.

“We can accommodate 10 to 15 kids in this building,” Bates said.

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