Autism Spectrum Therapies Hosts Grand Opening of AST Learning Center in Slidell, LA

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 General News
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Autism Spectrum Therapies will celebrate the grand opening of their newest AST Learning Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on Tuesday, October 15th from 3:30-5:30pm.

SLIDELL, La., Oct. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The event invites local families, businesses and community leaders to

see the center and learn more about resources and services available to the community. AST has been helping kids and families in Louisiana since 2011 with centers in New Orleans and Covington. A fourth center will open in Westbank in early 2020.

The new center is located at: 310 Gateway Drive, Suite A Slidell, LA 70461 Office Nr.: 985-605-7666

Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) is one of the nation's leading providers of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the most widely researched and empirically validated treatments available for individuals with autism. ABA supports many of the necessary skills for school, including communication skills, behavior goals, social skills and making friends. AST is proud to serve the Northshore and Southshore communities with center-based and in-home services.

AST's Clinical Director for Louisiana, Rebecca Mandal-Blasio, PhD, BCBA shared, "Our team is excited to offer an excellent center-based environment to support the needs of our community. AST's goal is to provide the highest-quality services to children with autism and their families."

The new center provides services to children ages 18 months to 6 years old. The focus is to build critical communication, social and independent living skills as well as feeding services. These goals are achieved through a range of methods including discrete trial teaching and natural environmental teaching, but always with a heavy focus on play-based strategies to keep children engaged and having fun. Programs are available year-round with individual one-on-one support from a highly trained Behavior Interventionist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst who tailors program goals to each child's specific needs.

About Autism: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 1 in 68 children is on the autism spectrum. Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as unique abilities.

About AST: Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) is a leading provider of behavioral health treatment utilizing Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). AST's clinical philosophy is grounded in working collaboratively with families, insurers and schools to deliver high-integrity, individualized treatment plans that use the latest science to guide interventions. AST is part of the LEARN Provider Network, the leading network of providers serving children with autism and other special needs. LEARN Behavioral serves 3,000 families across 13 states.


SOURCE Autism Spectrum Therapies

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