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Children's Center for Autism
   Texana Children’s Center for Autism (formerly called the Behavior Treatment and Training Center or BTTC Day Treatment program) has been helping children since 2004, providing treatment for children with Autism or related conditions.

One-on-one intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) training is provided in an array of schedule options Monday – Friday on a full or part time basis. The full time schedule is from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Before and aftercare programs are provided from 8:00-8:30 AM and 3:00-5:30pm for an additional fee. The program operates year round and adheres to Texana Center's holiday schedule, which provides fewer closed days than the typical school district's calendar.

All programs are directed, managed and supervised by on-site Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). Parents have open access at all times to video monitoring of their child’s daily sessions. The latest technology, including treatment using SMART boards and iPADS, are available to all students as appropriate.
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Type of Program and Goals
The Children’s Center provides treatment for clients with one of the Pervasive Developmental Disorders, including autism, mental retardation, or a related condition using the principles of ABA to improve skills in the areas of:
      • Appropriate behaviors
      • Self-care
      • Communication
      • Social interaction
      • Academics
      • Classroom inclusion
Training is one-on-one with an emphasis on teaching a child to respond within a natural group setting. School districts can contract to send a student-client to the Children’s Center for Autism for behavior assessment and program development. Extensive staff training is then offered to the school staff as part of the client's transition back into the school setting.

The Center:
  1. Individualizes treatment to improve the skills necessary to allow children to successfully function within their family and community environments.
  2. Integrates children into their natural learning environments to reduce the need for one on one training.
  3. Trains significant others including parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, and therapists how to use the ABA procedures with the child.
  4. Works closely with families to identify the priority skills for each individual child that will promote maximum community inclusion.
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Bridge Class Inclusion and Transition Opportunities
The Texana Bridge Class is an important component of our Children’s Center program and is part of our continuum of services to prepare children for mainstream school.

Children with autism have the opportunity to participate in an integrated classroom that is set up as a typical preschool year round to learn valuable skills to help them transition in the future to a mainstream school setting. Peers without disabilities include Texana Center staff children as well as siblings of the children with autism in the program. The class is centered on the development of social skills, group academics, classroom navigation, and other school readiness skills. Your child will benefit from one of the top pre-K curriculums in the country, staff highly trained in learning principles and character building through helping others. The Texana Bridge Class is overseen by a BCBA and Certified Teacher and is Licensed Child Care Center in Texas and meets all of the qualifications for that designation.
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Funding
The program is funded through private pay, insurance reimbursement, and - thanks to a grant from the Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services (DARS) – some children may be eligible for a tuition supplement. The DARS Autism Program champions excellence in the delivery of services for families of children with autism. Services are provided through grant contracts with local community agencies and organizations that provide applied behavioral analysis (ABA) and other positive behavior support strategies. The program helps improve the quality of life for children on the autism spectrum and their families.

To be eligible for services under a DARS grant, a child must meet three criteria:
      • Be 3 through 8 years of age (children lose eligibility on their ninth birthday)
      • Have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum
      • Be a Texas resident
http://www.dars.state.tx.us/stakeholders/autism/index.shtml

For more information about Texana Children’s Center for Autism contact 281-239-1497.