Touchstone Announces New Location
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) group seeks to serve more children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
In response to an ever-growing population of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Touchstone, a private facility offering Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, announced today the expansion of its operations with a new clinic now open at 1000 Plantation Road in Thibodaux.
“It is scientifically proven that early, intensive ABA therapy offers people with Autism the greatest chance of functionality and lifelong success,” notes Touchstone Clinical Director Tricia Clement. “Transforming the lives of our clients is always our ultimate goal, and we use this scientific approach based on the principles of behavior and learning to do just that. ABA therapy uses strategies for changing behaviors in a controlled setting to eventually change behaviors in the ‘real world’ and lead to the most optimal outcomes.”
Currently, Touchstone serves approximately 75 clients at any given time. The new location creates an opportunity to greatly increase that number. As ABA is delivered through intensive individualized therapy, Touchstone will also hire new staff members, ensuring each client’s needs are met by experienced behavioral analysts with track records of success.
Demand for ABA is at an all-time high; Touchstone currently has a robust wait list for families and children seeking services – and it’s not alone. Similar facilities across the Gulf South are also experiencing extraordinary demand.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Autism and Development Disability Monitoring (ADDM) Network, approximately 1 in 68 children have been identified with ASD. The disorder occurs in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups, affecting families of all shapes and sizes.
Touchstone draws from over 300 tactics and interventions with an evidence base and implements many elements from a model known as CABAS® (Comprehensive Application of Behavior Analysis to Schooling), which originated to develop a science of teaching. The CABAS® model can be applied to a variety of clinical and business settings. CABAS® develops measurement-based, individualized services for entire organizations driven by individual successes for each client.
There are only a few organizations worldwide who are recognized as meeting CABAS® professional and organizational standards. Because of its rigorous standards, Touchstone currently employs seven CABAS® certified staff. This is above and beyond the required state and national credentials its employees already hold. Touchstone is currently seeking CABAS® standards recognition.
For more information on Touchstone and its programs, visit www.touchstoneaba.com or call the office at (985) 492-1941.
About Touchstone: Touchstone is an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) provider for individuals, families and schools, delivering treatment and training in Houma, Thibodaux, Hammond and New Orleans.