Centers for Children with Autism at Metrocare

The Center for Children with Autism at Metrocare (CCAM) offers quality Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services in Dallas. Our goal is to lead each child to his or her potential through evidence based therapy founded on the principles of ABA including Verbal Behavior (VB).

Several health insurance companies now cover therapy at the CCAM.

We provide a hands-on approach with assessments, one-to-one therapy, and parent training to maximize progress. Each program is tailored to the behavior, social, and communicative needs of the child while also maintaining a creative and energetic environment. All services are directly implemented by highly qualified Autism Treatment Specialists with on-going Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) supervision.

  • Serving children ages 2 to 12
  • 1:1 therapist/child ratio
  • Group sessions available
  • Degreed therapists
  • Individualized Treatment Plan (ITP) based on each child’s needs
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish) therapy available

What is "Autism Spectrum Disorder"?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological disorder that affects three common areas. These common areas are social skills, communication skills, and repetitive behaviors. The current statistics state that 1 in 59 children are diagnosed on the spectrum. While currently there is no cure for autism, early intensive ABA intervention has shown significant improvements in social and communication skills for children on the spectrum. Disorders on the spectrum include Aspergers, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS), Rhetts Disorder, and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD). ASD is a spectrum disorder, which means that no two children will exhibit the same and/or all the characteristics of autism.

What is Applied Behavior Analysis? 

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) arranges the environment to make behaviors more or less likely to occur in a socially significant setting. While there are many different types of ABA the basics and the way skills are taught are the same. ABA focuses on increasing behaviors, such as communication and social skills in order to decrease inappropriate behaviors. Currently, Applied Behavior Analysis is the most evidence-based treatment available for children with autism.

Characteristics of Autism

  • Impaired social interaction
  • Difficulties with communication
  • Unusual or repetitive behaviors
  • Unresponsive to people
  • Avoids eye contact
  • Lack empathy
  • Obsessive interest
  • Impaired ability to make friends with peers
  • Absence/impairment of imaginative and social play
  • Inflexible adherence to specific routines or rituals

Are Adolescent Services Provided? 

Individuals who are 10-16, that have graduated CCAM and mastered following directions with low incidents of disruptive behavior may be referred to Adolescent Services. Targeted skills for this program include social skills, community participation, safety awareness, activities of daily living, and money management. Community outings allow the adolescents to take learned skills and apply them in the real world at places such as the library, recreation center, grocery stores, retail stores, and restaurants.

Contact Brian Findlay to schedule a tour or learn more about the CCAM.

CCAM River Bend

1340 River Bend Drive
Dallas, TX 75247
Phone: 214-333-7076
Fax: 214-331-2486
Email: autism@metrocareservices.org

CCAM DeSoto

1619 N Hampton Rd.
DeSoto, TX 75115
Phone: 972-331-6335
Fax: 214-331-2486
Email: autism@metrocareservices.org

 

Enrollment application

Please fill out the Intellectual and Developmental Disability Behavior Programs Referral Form.

Insurance accepted:

BCBS, Cigna, Magellan, Tricare (Humana), Aetna, UBH/UHC, Scott & White, Medicaid (via General Revenue Fund)
 

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Did You Know

1.9M

Texans live with a serious and persistent mental illness

6.4M

Texans have a mental illness and would benefit from treatment

17K

children received care from Metrocare last year

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