The Autism Treatment Center (ATC) is pleased to announce the expansion of services to Fort Worth. The Fort Worth Therapy Clinic is ATC's third location in Texas. With other locations in Dallas and San Antonio, the Autism Treatment Center serves children and adults from 54 cities across the state. Expanding to Fort Worth broadened the impact even further. With the increase in the number of children affected by autism to now 1 in 88, ATC is responding to the growing need for services. Regardless of the developmental level of the person with autism, research now shows intervention is never too late.
The Fort Worth Therapy Clinic serves Tarrant and surrounding Counties and follows the model established with the opening of the Dallas and San Antonio ATC Therapy Clinics, increasing the services provided in phases. Phase 1, which began in July 2012, includes autism specific Occupational, Speech, and Physical Therapies. Payment options for therapies include Medicaid, private insurance, and private pay. Phase 2 will introduce Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and an Autism Resource Center.
ATC Therapy Clinic provides autism-specific outpatient therapy for children and adults in North Texas. Our expertise will ensure a warm and accepting therapeutic environment which will lead toward effective language, communication, social skills and sensory integration.
Our mission is to promote the development of functional communication and social skills for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Regardless of the developmental level of the person with autism, research now shows intervention is never too late. ATC and its staff believe in exercising best practices and offers individualized research-based treatment and therapy to each patient. All services are designed and implemented by licensed specialists who have experience and training working with individuals with autism and related disorders. Treatment sessions range between 30 minutes to 1 hour and patients can be seen 2-5 times per week. Based on availability, sessions can be scheduled with the specific needs of each patient and family in mind.
|This expansion is the realized dream of many in Fort Worth, including devoted supporters of the Bobby Norris Roundup for Autism, which has been raising funds for the Autism Treatment Center exclusively since 1988. Bobby Norris' generous heart and philanthropic spirit prompted him to start the Roundup for Autism, which was a one day cutting and roping event at his ranch in Burleson, Texas and has now grown to a two day event spanning the metroplex. As a member of the ATC Board of Directors, Mr. Norris has worked tirelessly with staff and the Board to bring the exceptional services provided at ATC to his community. Funds raised from the Roundup for Autism over the years have no doubt enabled ATC to provide more services and impact more families, and now to open a new Therapy Clinic in Fort Worth.|
Occupational therapy at ATC Therapy Clinic is a treatment program for learning the necessary skills for purposeful and meaningful daily movements and activities, and learning to understand the world around them.
Treatment is established for the features common in autism, including abnormal relationships to objects and events; abnormal responses to sensations in the environment; challenging behavior; impairments in socialization, imagination, and communication. Therapists also address deficits in self care, coordination, clumsiness, poor balance and delays in motor skills.
In a gym equipped with sensorimotor equipment, movement and play become a teaching avenue to motivate, engage emotions, involve and to excite; thereby, engaging the brain through motor movements and sensory experiences. Motor activities also enhance descriptive and comparative vocabulary.
The treatment team members review each patient’s program and progress, and continually collaborate in an effort to design a treatment approach that is best for each child.
Speech therapy, conducted by certified speech language pathologists, consists of diagnosing and treating all aspects of communication.
Strengths and needs in the following areas are identified in order to develop individualized programs:
Speech – the production of sounds in words
Expressive and Receptive Language – the ability to understand and use language
Pragmatics – the ability to use socially appropriate language
Oral Motor – the ability to use voluntary motor movements to produce speech
Early identification and intervention combined with individualized plans are the key elements for effective treatment. Sign language, picture symbols, and/or augmentative communication devices are used when needed to facilitate speech and language development.
Speech sessions are 30-60 minutes depending on the individual’s age, strengths, and needs. Following a comprehensive assessment, either one-on-one session or co-treatment with an Occupational Therapist and/or Physical Therapist is offered to ensure the most effective therapy.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy - COMING SOON
The Autism Treatment Center Therapy Clinic uses the principles of ABA to (1) identify children struggling with functional communication, social and academic skills; (2) document each child’s performance; and (3) determine the adequacy of each child’s response to instruction in order to determine an appropriate level of instructional intensity and any other changes, as needed.
Each child in the program receives an initial evaluation upon admission to the ABA program. This consists of a functional behavior assessment, use of the Behavior Language Assessment Form (a brief assessment that contains areas found in the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills – Revised, ABLLS-R), and portions of the Verbal Behavior Milestones and Placement Program, VB-MAPP. The initial assessment provides a baseline level of the child’s performance, while at the same time providing evidence for the development of specific, measurable educational and behavioral objectives. A complete VB-MAPP Milestones Assessment, Barriers Assessment, and/or ABLLS-R assessment are completed after the individual has received ABA services (numerous sessions) to build rapport, determine appropriate instruction, presentation, and reinforcement procedures in order to obtain an accurate score.
ATC Therapy Clinic emphasizes the use of positive behavior support. Positive Behavior support is an approach to intervention that integrates technical features of ABA with person-centered values. Positive behavior support is a process for designing individualized behavioral intervention plans based on understanding relationships between a student’s behavior and aspects of his or her environment. Plans include: modification to the environment, teaching skills to replace problem behaviors, effective management of consequences, and promotion of positive lifestyle changes.
Direct delivery staff (licensed therapists) are supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
ATC Therapy Clinic accepts:
Private Insurance/Private Pay
Autism Treatment Center Therapy Clinic
1100 Circle Drive, Suite 101
fort worth, TX 76119
Call for An appointment: 817-566-1100
If you are interested in receiving services at the ATC Therapy Clinic please contact:
Traci Tomilli, ATC Therapy Clinic Administrator, at 817-566-1100 or click to Email firstname.lastname@example.org