In 2023, the CDC reported that approximately 1 in 36 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Autism affects all ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Early intervention affords the best opportunity to support healthy development and deliver benefits across the lifespan.
Parent training—in which providers teach parents intervention strategies to promote their children’s skill development and behavior management—is considered a best practice in the treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder and yet is underutilized in community settings.
Masonic Children & Family Services of Texas is proud to partner with the Child Study Center in Fort Worth and the University of Houston-Clear Lake to provide FREE intensive parent training programs.
The Child Study Center and the University of Houston-Clear Lake clinics focus on children with autism who may struggle with noncompliance, tantrums, property destruction, self-injury, aggression, or food refusal. This program is fully funded by MCFS, so these lifechanging services are provided to parents at no cost. The primary goal of this program is to teach parents effective ways to manage their children’s problem behavior effectively.
DURING THIS TWO-WEEK INTENSIVE CLINIC, PARENTS ARE TRAINED TO:
- Deliver behavior-specific praise
- Manage non-dangerous problem behavior
- Give clear instructions
- Activate effective communication techniques
- Follow through instructions when the child is
- Effectively implement a timeout
WE HELP CHILDREN AND FAMILIES AFFECTED BY AUTISM
- Does your child have a diagnosis of autism?
- Does your child display problem
behavior such as physical aggression,
self-injury, property destruction, or defiance/
- Does your child struggle with communication,
eye contact, or exhibit social avoidance?
- Are you at your wit’s end and don’t know
what else you can do to reduce your child’s
- Are you willing to roll up your sleeves and
- Are you willing to learn ABA (Applied
Behavior Analysis) techniques that have
helped numerous children with autism?
If you answered “Yes” to the questions above,
you might be a good candidate for this intensive
parent training program.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THESE PROGRAMS AND TO APPLY, PLEASE CONTACT:
NORTH TEXAS REGION:
Child Study Center at Cook’s Children’s
1300 West Lancaster Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Behavior Disorders Clinic
Contact Maria Hernandez
SOUTHEAST TEXAS REGION:
1200 Pearland Parkway
Pearland, Texas 77581
Intensive Outpatient Behavior Disorders Clinic
Program Director: Jennifer N. Fritz, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA-TX
Program Manager: Tori Fletcher, MA, BCBA, LBA-TX