Our Story - Including Kids Autism Center

Our Story

 

At Including Kids, it is a vital goal for 100% of our clients to be included in the community. This includes in school, at job sites, in group programs and through social activities. As our clients continue to thrive, we are building programs and partnerships that support children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder, including those that may exhibit aggressive behaviors. Our multi-faceted program teaches life skills, self-awareness, self-control, communication, social skills and academic training to the level of each individual’s abilities.

Including Kids was founded in 2003 at a time when autism was reaching epidemic levels and there were very few services offered in the state of Texas. In response to the needs of the community and fueled by her passion for autism advocacy, Jennifer Dantzler and a loyal Board of Directors started the Including Kids Autism Center. We have created a full-time program that continues to change the lives of children and young adults with autism, offering them a chance to be included in the community.

In June of 2022, Including Kids joined missions with Empower Behavioral Health (EBH), a clinic-based ABA provider in Texas. The mission of EBH is to empower individuals with autism and their families through quality services. The synergies of missions and values made the partnership seamless. Together, we offer:

    • Full-time ABA program
    • Part-time ABA program
    • Toilet Training
    • Behavioral Feeding
    • Telehealth/Virtual ABA
    • Diagnostic Evaluations

 

Why Choose Us?

 

Locally there are few programs quite like Including Kids that serve children, adolescents and young adults who have a range of abilities and needs including challenging behaviors and limited verbal ability.  We have programs that allow for varying levels of inclusion based on the client’s needs and abilities.  

Our goal is to be a comprehensive program that gives hope and help to families with all aspects of their needs including shaping behavior for medical and dental appointments, getting haircuts, increasing food repertoire, learning how to swim, engaging successfully during a meal at a restaurant, and tolerating activities and events in the community which might cause inappropriate behavior, for example, unexpected loud noises. 

By breaking down tasks into small steps using strategies like shaping and differential reinforcement based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), we are making great progress in helping our children and young adults be meaningfully included in their community.  Our programming is specific to the needs of each client based on their individualized treatment plan. We achieve success every day, sometimes small and sometimes big.  The celebrations can often be heard throughout our buildings.