Our unique, innovative approach to autism therapy combines the expertise of Minnesota state-licensed and nationally certified Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) and evidence-based treatment methods based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Verbal Behavior (VB).
SLP and program founder, Tara Bertone, has been providing pediatric autism therapy services for over 15 years in a variety of settings, including traditional ABA programs, VB programs, and multidisciplinary clinics.
Throughout all of her education and experience, Tara witnessed the striking impact of ABA and VB autism therapy programs for learning and behavior in children with ASD. However, she was often confused by the minimal, if any, collaboration between ABA professionals and SLPs. In her experience, ABA professionals are experts in managing behaviors and teaching new skills; but rarely does an SLP play a significant role in curriculum development, which is largely speech, language and communication-based. This scenario is particularly problematic for children who are non-verbal or present with a range of complicated speech disorders.
Autism Matters was founded to address the disconnection between these two disciplines by incorporating both ABA principles (HOW to teach) and speech-language pathology expertise (WHAT to teach). The collaboration of autism therapy professionals from these two disciplines offers the BEST OF BOTH WORLDS for Minnesota children with ASD to develop speech, language, communication and social skills to their full potential.
At Autism Matters, ABA and SLP autism therapy professionals work side-by-side so that children with ASD can:
Learn... the way they learn best.
Speak... through evidence-based speech-language therapy designed by a licensed professional.
Communicate... with family and friends to their full potential.
Within this framework, children of all ages have access to customized treatment plans based on individual needs in the areas such as, but not limited to:
• Social Skills
• Play Skills
• Classroom Skills
• Activities of Daily Living