Autism Spectrum Therapies Ribbon Cutting in 2018

Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) will celebrate the grand

opening of their new Early Learning Center, located at 500

River Heights Blvd, Ste. 700, with a ribbon cutting

ceremony and open house on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 10

a.m. CST. The opening event invites local families,

businesses and community leaders to see the new center and

enjoy a day of community celebrating individuals with

autism, their families and the community resources

available to support them.

Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) is one of the nation’s

leading providers of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the

most widely researched and empirically validated treatment

available for individuals with Autism, and they are proud

to be able to offer more early intervention services with

the opening of their new clinic. AST opened their first

Early Learning Center in New Orleans in 2015, and moved to

the Elmwood location where it currently remains in 2016.

AST’s Clinical Director for the Greater New Orleans Area,

Dr. Rebecca Mandal-Blasio shared, “We are excited to be

able to offer clinic services to children with autism and

their families in the Northshore region. Parents have

expressed the need for services in this area that can

assist with communication, social skills, feeding, and

other related self-help skills while decreasing problem

behavior. The Learning Center enables us to fill this need

and also allows us to support younger children in gaining

many of the necessary skills for entering kindergarten and

general education settings.”

The center will open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., serving

children ages 18 months to 5 years old, focusing on

building 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 environment teaching, but always

with a heavy focus on play based strategies to keep

children engaged. AST plans to add an after school program

for school-aged children in the coming months. Programs

are available year-round with individual one-on-one support

from a highly trained Behavior Interventionist and Board

Certified Behavior Analyst who tailor program goals to each

child’s specific needs.

About Autism Spectrum Therapies: Autism Spectrum Therapies

(AST) is one of the premier providers of behavior therapy

based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

in the country. AST’s mission is to foster growth and new

possibilities for their extraordinary clients and staff.

For more than 15 years, AST and its affiliates have

collaborated with families and caregivers to deliver

individualized treatment plans based on rigorous data-

analysis and a family-centric approach. AST offers

services across 8 states in client’s homes, schools and

communities, as well as in its AST Learning Centers. Learn

more at

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.