Autism facility expands to reach larger Texoma community

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According to a new study, Autism diagnosis may be possible as early as age 14 months.

One local Autism facility is looking to expand as its waiting list grows for children who need its services.

Rose Street Spectrum will be moved on Regent Drive and officials have been planning to move to a larger and more convenient location for quite some time.

“With expansion, we can get more square footage, we can get more rooms,” Rose Street BCBA Jenna Daily said.

Rose Street Spectrum, a branch of Rose Street Mental Health Care, has been serving families in Wichita Falls since its opening in 2010.

“There were no opportunities for people to receive services before based on ABA therapy,” Rose Street BCBA Jennifer Vanderburg said.

The facility uses applied behavioral analysis, which is a type of therapy that helps people understand how behavior works, while also improving communication, social and life skills.

“We work on increasing some of their deficits and maybe decreasing some of the excesses in order to give them the best possible opportunity to access the community in a way that is foundational to them,” Vanderburg said.

Rose Street has about 60 children, adolescents and adult clients between their Wichita Falls and Lawton location, plus there is a long waiting list.

So officials believe now is the time to settle in a new home, which will include rooms for therapy as well as a large gym for therapy, play and events.

“Another reason we are looking to expand is so that we can provide services to the families that are outside of just your typical ABA,” Daily said.

Those with Rose Street Spectrum are hoping that with a larger space, they will be more efficient and continue to provide the best environment and services for the kids they serve.

The move will take place on June 1 and services will resume on June 3.

To see the services provided by Rose Street Spectrum, follow this link.

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