At ATC we celebrate victories large and small.

We hope you will take a few moments to get to know some of the great individuals in our programs.



In 2016, Adair was referred to ATC's Educational Program by a north Dallas school district due to the challenging behaviors he displayed at school. Adair would spit at his teachers, destroy school property, and become aggressive other students in his class. His disruptive behavior required three staff members to assist in calming him down. Even during his best behavior, Adair was a picky eater and pulled his head over his shirt so others could not watch him eat. In addition, he had a low tolerance for changes to his daily schedule and would easily become frustrated.



Lisa Little first arrived at ATC's Adult Service program in 1990 when she was 20 years old. Lisa has autism and the symptoms were affecting her family's everyday life. Leaving the house to run errands, go to a doctor's appointment, or have a family outing became difficult because of Lisa's challenging behaviors. If someone she didn't know approached her in public, she would react by yelling at the top of her lungs and pulling hard at the hair of the nearest person.



Many in the U.S. have now been diagnosed with HFA (high functioning autism)/Asperger's Syndrome and can function in the world both personally and professionally. I am one of those people. My name is Terrilee Tatum.



Daniel first arrived at the Autism Treatment Center a month past his third birthday. Daniel was diagnosed with autism and the symptoms of his autism were affecting his family's everyday life.



Jalen was diagnosed with autism at age 3. He attended a DISD elementary school and was placed in the Special Education programs where he displayed typical development and hit all his milestones on schedule despite his autism diagnosis.



In the summer of 2011, Ethan was in personal health and behavioral crisis. At 6'4" he weighed over 415 pounds and refused to eat most foods, with the exception of fast food. His challenging behaviors were so severe that his family and school were unable to control his temper. After a nationwide search for a program that could successfully meet his needs, Ethan and his family found the Autism Treatment Center.



Wyatt is an All-American guy you'd love to have for a best friend. He is very outgoing with good looks, a wonderful personality, and enough charisma and charm for anyone. Wyatt is also a 20 year old adult with autism.



Less than two years ago, Dakota was diagnosed with autism. But even before that, Dakota's parents, Lacey and Jason, knew that something wasn't right with her development. Suddenly, the verbal noises stopped and her parents weren't sure why.



At eighteen months old, Andrew was removed from his mother's house due to neglect and placed in the temporary care of his grandmother. By the age of 2, Andrew lived in a foster home with six other children, including his biological sister, when he was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and intensive learning disabilities.



Meg O'Connell is not your typical 33-year old. She is an accomplished competitor, having won several State championships in individual track events and team sports in soccer and basketball. She is also a consummate Elvis Presley fan, so much that an Elvis impersonator has performed at her birthday every year for the last ten years. She has the brightest smile in the room and is often the first to greet you with a heart-melting smile. Also, Meg is an adult with autism.