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What is ABA and how can I get it in Jacksonville Texas

Autism therapy for children encompasses a variety of approaches designed to address the specific challenges faced by each child on the autism spectrum. There's no one-size-fits-all solution, but some of the most common therapies include:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): This evidence-based therapy breaks down desired skills into smaller steps and uses positive reinforcement to encourage them. ABA can target communication, social skills, learning, and behavior management.

  • Speech Therapy: This therapy focuses on improving a child's communication skills, including speech production, language comprehension and use, fluency (stuttering), and sometimes swallowing difficulties. It can be crucial for children with ASD who may have delays or challenges in these areas.

  • Social Skills Training: This therapy helps children understand social cues, navigate social situations, develop friendships, and build positive interactions with others.

  • Occupational Therapy: This therapy focuses on helping children develop the skills they need for daily living, such as self-care (dressing, eating), fine motor skills (writing, using utensils), and sensory processing (managing sensory input).

  • Play Therapy: Play can be a powerful tool for children with ASD. Play therapists use play-based activities to help children develop communication, social skills, problem-solving abilities, and emotional regulation.

These therapies are often delivered by a team of professionals, including Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) for ABA, speech-language pathologists for speech therapy, occupational therapists, and social workers.

Here are some key things to remember about autism therapy for children:

  • Early intervention is crucial: Starting therapy as early as possible can significantly improve a child's outcomes.

  • Individualized approach: Therapies are tailored to address each child's specific needs and strengths.

  • Family involvement: Parents and caregivers play a vital role in supporting their child's therapy at home and in other settings.

  • Combination of therapies: Often, a combination of therapies is most effective in addressing a child's diverse needs.

If you are concerned about your child's development, consult with a pediatrician or healthcare professional to discuss if an autism evaluation is right for your child. They can also guide you towards appropriate therapy options.

Reach out if you are in Cherokee county or Jacksonville Texas today!

Why we are Natural Environment & Play-based

WHY WE CHOOSE A NATURAL ENVIRONMENT, PLAY-BASED MODEL: Not all ABA is created equal… we chose a home-like environment for TAG because we believe it reduces anxiety, makes learning more fluid, and better allows kids to be kids. The play-based model captures a child’s natural interests and utilizes child-led reinforcers to teach new skills and makes learning fun, while building relationships.

Research suggests that almost half of children receiving intensive ABA therapy will achieve typical intellectual and educational functioning and up to 90% show substantial improvement when coupled with early intervention.

TAG is committed to bringing more resources to east Texas families including our play-based ABA center in Nacogdoches, as well as support for parents and siblings, diagnostic resources and fostering community education and understanding. 


If you are interested in more information please reach out! We would love to hear from you! 

Call us at 936-681-0165 or reach out below.

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Lets Play!

At TAG we believe that all children learn best through play. So we play A LOT! Reach out to set up a free consultation to see it in action! 

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