San Antonio Therapy Clinic

ATC Therapy Clinic provides autism-specific outpatient therapy for children and adults in Texas.  Our expertise will ensure a warm and accepting therapeutic environment which will lead toward effective language, communication, social skills and sensory integration.  The Clinic is Medicaid/Medicare certified and accepts private insurance.

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.

Therapy Services

Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy

Occupational therapy at San Antonio Therapy Clinic is a treatment program for learning the necessary skills for purposeful and meaningful daily movements and activities.

Treatment is established for the features common in autism, including abnormal relationships to objects and events; abnormal responses to sensations in the environment; maladaptive behavior; impairments in socialization, imagination, and communication. Occupational therapists also address deficits in self care, coordination, clumsiness, poor balance and delays in motor skills.

Through therapeutic play, in a gym equipped with sensorimotor equipment, movement and play become a teaching avenue to motivate, engage emotions, involve and to excite; thereby, feeding the brain with motor movements and sensory experiences. Motor activities also enhance descriptive and comparative vocabulary.

Through collaboration with a team of therapists and professionals at the Therapy Clinic, individuals with autism are coached to organize ideas, talk, solve problems, try new ways, challenge themselves, repeat movements that work, develop self control and follow instructions. 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 (ABA Formatted)

Speech therapy, conducted by certified speech language pathologists, consists of diagnosing and treating all aspects of communication and feeding. Strengths and weaknesses 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 and to ensure texture progression with a variety of foods

Early identification, early intervention, and home exercise programs with individualized plans are the key elements for an effective treatment.  San Antonio Therapy Clinic's speech therapy program is evidence based, weighted heavily with components of Applied Verbal Behavior and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  Sign language and/or picture symbols 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 is offered to ensure the most effective therapy.

ABA Therapy

ATC 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. 

Each child in the program receives an initial evaluation upon beginning the ABA program. This consists of a functional behavior assessment, PEP-3, PDDBI, VB-MAPP, as well as curriculum based assessments.  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.

ATC 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 life style changes. 

Direct delivery staff (therapists) are supervised by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs).

ATC holds contracts with Tricare, DARS,  and ALA/AACOG in an effort to extend these services to children in the community (by blakeslee). ATC also accepts private payment for these services. For more information regarding ABA Tricare, ABA DARS, or ABA ALA please contact the clinic during office hours.

Assessments (all ages past 18 months)

An interview is conducted with parents/caregivers to define the child's developmental history, to provide information for a functional behavior assessment and to ascertain deficits in the components of verbal behavior. The evaluation can include a brief functional behavior analysis if required for high frequency challenging behaviors. The questions below are helpful in determining whether a full evaluation should be performed.

 

Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (CHAT):

  1. Does your child enjoy being swung, bounced on your knee, etc.?
  2. Does your child take an interest in other children?
  3. Does your child like climbing on things, such as up stairs?
  4. Does your child enjoy playing peek-a-boo/hide-and-seek?
  5. Does your child ever PRETEND, for example, to make a cup of tea using a toy cup and teapot, or pretend other things?
  6. Does your child ever use his/her index finger to point to ask for something?
  7. Does your child ever use his/her index finger to point to indicate interest in something?
  8. Can your child play properly with small toys (e.g. cars or bricks) without just mouthing, fiddling with, 
         or dropping them?
  9. Does your child ever bring objects over to you (parent) to SHOW you something?

If the answer is no to four or more of these questions, including questions 5 and 7,
you should have your child evaluated by a developmental specialist in autism.

Quarterly Developmental Screenings for Autism (18 months - 5 years)

The ATC Therapy Clinic cares about your child’s speech and behavior development. By offering complimentary community screenings,
we are able to determine if your child is within his or her developmental milestones.

Licensed professionals will screen children ages 18 months - 5 years of age to assess development in speech, language, play and behavior.

Every quarter, you and your child have the opportunity to receive:
A complimentary screening of his or her language and behavior skills
An informational package, including local resources in the community
A follow-up phone call, if necessary, to discuss your child’s results

Payment options

ATC Therapy Clinic accepts patients who
have Medicaid as their primary insurance.
We are providers for:

  • Traditional Medicaid

  • Community First

  • Superior Health Plan

  • TRICARE

  • Private Pay

Autism Treatment Center Therapy Clinic
15911 Nacogdoches Road
San Antonio, TX 78247
Hours of operation:

Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm (last therapy session at 5:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 12:00pm for makeup sessions, evaluations,
and limited openings for treatment

If you are interested in receiving services at the ATC Therapy Clinic please contact:

Lauren Alvarado, ATC Therapy Clinic Administrator, at 210-599-77335 or click to Email lalvarado@atcoftexas.org