Achieving Dreams & GoalsQuest Kids therapy centers in Orlando and Longwood specialize in helping children with intellectual disabilities ranging from 15 months of age to 18 years of age.
Quest Kids Therapy
Longwood and Orlando
Children with intellectual disabilities often have difficulties with communication, social interactions and leisure or play activities and are faced with difficult educational and social challenges.
In collaboration with speech pathologists, occupational therapists and educational professionals, Quest Kids develops and implements an appropriate path of learning that meets each child's specific needs. Children are taught how to learn using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and are given tools to communicate.
To learn more about Applied Behavior Analysis or to apply to the Quest Kids Therapy program, view below:
Children receive intensive instruction in language, self-care, social skills, academics and decision making.
Quest Swims is the newest development being introduced within the Quest Kids Therapy suite of programs. Supported by Autism Speaks and USA Swimming, Quest Swims is a one-of-a-kind program in the Orlando area that stresses aquatic safety for individuals with developmental disabilities. There continues to be a growing concern among parents and guardians for support services in the areas of physical fitness and water safety to address opportunities around safety and obesity related to children with developmental disabilities. Quest Swims will: provide one-on-one training between your child and a certified instructor, decrease fear and aversion of water, increase understanding that water can be dangerous, and provide fun approaches to water and swimming that align with the fascination children have with water.
For more program information, contact 407.218.4340 or send an email below.
The Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification is an internationally recognized credential that indicates professional competence in behavior analysis.
To become a BCBA, individuals must complete a master's degree, complete specific coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis, meet a supervised experience requirement, and pass the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) exam. Quest Kids is proud to have a team of management staff and lead behavior analysts all with BCBA certification.
Quest Kids Team
Eb Blakely, Ph.D., BCBA-D | Email
Hunter Williams , M.S., BCBA | Email
Sheldon Ebbeler, M.A., BCBA | Email
Jen Simon , M.A., BCBA | Email
Joy Bennett, M.S., BCBA | Email
Michele McGlamory, M.S., BCBA | Email
Jessica Rivera, M.S., BCBA | Email
Quest Kids is currently in-network with and/or accepts the following insurance plans:
• United Healthcare
• Golden Rule
• Assurant Health (Aetna or Cigna)
• United Medical Resources
• Orlando Behavior Health
***Insurance coverage is not guaranteed and depends on your plan benefits.***
No child should be denied the right kind of learning environment based on a disability or low socio-economic status.
Through the generosity of donors, Quest, Inc. is happy to offer a scholarship program to families. To qualify for financial aid, applicants must meet one or more of the following criteria:
• Household Size
• Crisis Level Behavior
• Time/Therapy Hours
Quest Kids will follow any additional requirements or criteria for the distribution of awards as designated by the donor(s) providing the scholarship funds.
Families interested in applying for a scholarship should complete and submit the scholarship application along with a copy of their most recent federal income tax filing or other supporting financial documentation.
***Families with insurance coverage do not qualify for scholarship awards if they are eligible to receive reimbursement for services through medical insurance.***
Families also have the option to self-pay if the other options do not apply. Feel free to contact us about what payment methods work best for you.
Early Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Recent national studies indicate that about 1 percent of children (nearly 1 in 68) ages 3 to 17 have autism or a related disorder. Whether this increase over previous estimates is an actual increase in diagnoses or simply reflects a heightened awareness of the disorder, early intervention is a necessity for these children to connect, engage and grow.
Early intervention is defined as services delivered to children across the autism spectrum, including those labeled with autism, Asperger's syndrome and other pervasive developmental disorders, from birth to age 3. To intervene with behavioral therapy before age 3 allows a child to learn new communication skills at a time when he or she is most able to grasp them.
In addition to establishing a pathway through which the child can learn, early behavioral therapy can significantly increase IQ and language ability, decrease negative behaviors, provide the child with a way to let others know what he or she needs, and decrease support services needed later in childhood.
There is no cure for autism. However, early intervention therapy at Quest Kids has a dramatic impact on reducing the symptoms of autism spectrum disorders, increasing the quality of life for children and their families, and yields a tremendous amount of progress for children to achieve their dreams and goals.
Below are some parent tools:
Quest Kids Academy
Quest Kids Academy provides quality education using both group and individual instruction. Much of the group instruction uses the Direct Instruction model that has been shown to be effective by research. We develop instructional activities using a variety of resources, such as state-approved curricula, Essentials for Living (EFL), Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS) and Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP). The teaching strategies are informed by the principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis; moreover, we implement evidence-based approaches to ensure that each child has an effective, enjoyable educational environment.
Quest Kids Academy is one of the few accredited McKay providers in Central Florida with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, occupational therapy, and playground facilities all under one roof.
Quest Kids Academy also offers classrooms with two-way observation windows, allowing parents to discreetly view their child’s development. An open-door policy coupled with weekly progress notes were also designed to review educational goals and progress in the program.
Quest Kids Academy Team
Eb Blakely, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Melissa Lopez, M.S., BCBA
Frances Torres, B.S., BCaBA
Jessica Rivera, M.S., BCBA
Madeline Lester, M.S., BCBA
Amy Ofer, M.S., BCBA
Chelsea Phillips-Payne, M.S., BCBA
Jillian Hamm, M.A., BCBA
The curriculum at Quest Kids Academy is designed to provide students with a wide range of academic, communication, social, leisure and practical skills to give them a well-rounded education that will lead them toward productive lives and greater independence.
The curriculum focuses on the individual needs of each child and appeals to each student’s learning style. Students are given placement tests and are grouped by similar academic levels into the appropriate lesson. In addition to group learning, students participate in individualized ABA therapy each day.
To be eligible for Quest Kids Academy, your child must be at least 5 years old. * Other requirements vary based on the desired student/teacher ratio. Please call Quest Kids Academy for details. The deadline to apply for the upcoming school year is March 31.
Step 1: Fill out and submit a completed application along with child's current IEP and behavior plan (if applicable) by March 31. A new application and IEP MUST be submitted each year in order to be considered for the upcoming school year.
Step 2: Applications will be reviewed starting on March 31. You should receive a phone call from the academy by May 31. If applicable, Quest Kids Academy will schedule an evaluation to determine eligibility.
Step 3: Quest Kids Academy will notify you if your child has been accepted and will mail you an admissions packet.
Step 4: Fill out and submit the completed admissions packet and signed contracts within one week of being notified of acceptance.
Step 5: File intent with the McKay Scholarship Program.
Tuition varies and is based on student/teacher ratios for therapy (1:1, 2:1, 3:1, 4:1 or 5:1). These ratios are determined by the evaluation performed by Quest Kids Academy staff. Tuition is paid monthly and is due by the first of the month. Quest Kids Academy is an accredited McKay Scholarship Program provider. For more information about Quest Kids Academy tuition rates, please call 407.218.4340.
McKay Scholarship Program
As a parental choice program for Florida public school students, the McKay Scholarship Program ensures that no child will be left behind by allowing parents to choose the best educational setting (public or private) for their child.
The McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program expands the school choice program originally created in 1999. The scholarships are available for eligible students with disabilities to attend an eligible public or private school of their choice. Students with disabilities include K-12 students with a documented disability or impairment such as an emotional or behavioral disability, a developmental delay or autism spectrum disorder.
Quest Kids Academy (School Code 3946) is proud to be an accredited McKay provider and offer this service to the community. The first step in applying for a McKay Scholarship for your child is to file intent to participate in the program prior to withdrawing your student from public school.
PROGRAM APPLICATION McKay SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION 2017-18 Academic Calendar
Quest Serves Individuals
Shep is a four-year-old little boy who has made great strides over the past 15 months thanks to the services that he receives through Quest Kids therapy center at Quest, Inc. in Orlando.
Prior to coming to Quest Kids, Shep was developing without any forms of communication. He wouldn’t comply with requests and couldn’t express his preferences. Afraid for his safety, his family turned to Quest Kids hoping to find results for their son.
A Quest Kids therapist specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis describes Shep fondly. “He truly had no means of communication when he first arrived,” she remembers. “Currently, he uses 75 different signs, is potty-trained, is beginning to speak and has made terrific progress."
“Of course, he has a wonderful, supportive family so that makes a huge difference, too.” Shep is one of the children who receives many hours of therapy each week and the results have been outstanding.
What Parents Say
“The future may be unknown, but it is much brighter and we would never have been able to meet these milestones without Quest.”
What Parents Say
“My daughter loves it. She loves the staff because they take good care of all of the campers that go there. She starts preparing to go back to camp the day I pick her up! I feel very comfortable; she’s safe and I’m satisfied.”
What Team Members Say
“The work environment at Quest is one that is unparalleled. Fellow employees are always willing to help and inspiration is constantly provided by leadership.”