Texas Cares About Autism has over 30 years of experience:
5-1 BCBA client ratio.
Over 30 years of experience.
Gold-standard, individualized treatments:
Music and Yoga therapy as free, supplemental interventions
Licensed Clinical Psychologist on staff
Occupational and Speech therapists available on site
Why Choose Us?
Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention
Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention or Treatment (EIBI or EIBT) consists of 20-40 hours per week of individualized instruction for children with autism who begin treatment at the age of four years or younger and who usually continue for 2-3 years. The UCLA Model is one EIBI model and emphasizes instruction at home with discrete trial training (see below). Other models provide instruction in classrooms; some emphasize teaching methods other than discrete trial training, such as incidental teaching.
Discrete Trial Training
Discrete Trial Learning (Training) is based on the understanding that practice helps a child master a skill. It is a structured therapy that uses a one-to-one teaching method and involves intensive learning of specific behaviors. This intensive learning of a specific behavior is called a “drill.” Drills help learning because they involve repetition. The child completes a task many times in the same manner (usually 5 or more). This repetition is especially important for children who may need a great deal of practice to master a skill.
Pivotal Response Training
Pivotal Response Treatment, or PRT, is a behavioral treatment for autism. This therapy is play-based and initiated by the child.
The PRT therapist targets “pivotal” areas of a child’s development instead of working on one specific behavior. By focusing on pivotal areas, PRT produces improvements across other areas of social skills, communication, behavior and learning.
Pivotal areas include:
Response to multiple cues
Initiation of social interactions
Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)
The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is a behavioral therapy for children with autism between the ages of 12-48 months.
Parents and therapists use play to build positive and fun relationships. Through play and joint activities, the child is encouraged to boost language, social and cognitive skills.
Based on understanding of normal toddler learning and development
Focused on building positive relationships
Teaching occurs during natural play and everyday activities
Uses play to encourage interaction and communication
ESDM therapy can be used in many settings, including at home, at a clinic, or in school. Therapy is provided in both group settings and one-on-one.
Verbal Behavior Intervention
Verbal Behavior (VB) therapy teaches communication and language. This approach encourages people with autism to learn language by connecting words with their purposes. The student learns that words can help them get desired objects or results.
Verbal Behavior therapy does not focus on words as labels only (cat, car, etc.). Rather, it teaches why we use words and how they are useful in making requests and communicating ideas. VB and classic ABA use similar techniques to work with children. VB methods may be combined with an ABA program to work towards communication goals.
One of the reasons that music has quickly become a tool used in autism therapy is that it can stimulate both hemispheres of our brain, rather than just one. This means that a therapist can use a song or instrument to support cognitive activity so that we can build self-awareness and improve relationships with others. Music encourages communicative behavior and can encourage interaction with others, which is something that autistic children have great difficulty with.
For years, we have studied the benefits of yoga for both children and adults. It seems that there are countless ways that yoga improves both emotional, mental, and physical health, so it is no surprise that yoga has become increasingly popular. As we’ve continued to learn about the benefits of this practice, we’ve also found that yoga can be beneficial in applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder.