Center for Autism and Related Disorders Opens in San Antonio to Treat Individuals with Autism
Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) announced the opening of its new treatment center within the Outreach Pediatric Therapy (OPT) facility located at 11310 Sir Winston St., Bldg. D, San Antonio, Texas 78216. CARD provides a variety of services worldwide using the evidence-based principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to treat the delays and challenges commonly associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ABA is the only scientifically validated treatment for ASD and research shows that it is most effective when delivered early and at a high level of intensity. By sharing a space with OPT, an occupational and speech therapy provider, the organizations will offer families access to critical services in one location. The facility is 4,700 square feet, which includes a sensory motor gym and six treatment rooms.
CARD provides center-based treatment, home-based services, integrated services for adults, parent training and school shadowing. Individualized treatment plans are designed using CARD’s cutting-edge curriculum and patients receive care from top-quality ABA therapists and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) supervisors.
“We are thrilled to partner with OPT and offer families access to crucial services under one roof,” said Aimee Sienkiewicz, care coordinator and outreach representative at CARD. “Our mission is to ensure that every individual diagnosed with autism has access to top-quality treatment to reach his or her full potential.”
OPT was founded 13 years ago by Tami Johnson, SLP, the director of business operations and Annette Fears, OTR, the director of clinical services.
“We pride ourselves in providing quality services in a family-friendly environment to treat the whole family,” said Johnson.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in every 68 children in America is diagnosed with ASD, with one in 42 boys and one in 189 girls diagnosed. This is more than a 30 percent increase since the 2008 report. As the prevalence of ASD has increased, services for children with ASD have not always kept pace with demand. As a result, families affected by ASD may encounter challenges when trying to access quality treatment. CARD and OPT’s partnership offers families a variety of crucial services all accessible within one facility.