Children with autism learn and absorb information differently than others. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) uses scientifically validated techniques to teach a child appropriate behaviors and new skills. It is the only behavioral treatment for autism endorsed by the US Surgeon General and the National Institutes of Health.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) helps a child with autism want to communicate and grow. It’s a gentle process guided by a team led by Board-Certified Behavior Analysts who teach a child to learn appropriate behaviors and skills in his or her natural environment.
We apply evidence-based interventions in accordance with the standards of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board to optimize a child’s potential and increase both his and his families’ happiness, one celebrated step at a time.
Thrive Autism Solutions exists to help children thrive! Now serving children and families in Northwest Arkansas.
We help kids with autism thrive and grow– at home, in school and in life.
We are CARF accredited for autism and behavior consultation services. We are proud to be the first agency in the South to achieve this distinction which is official recognition that our organization is guided by internationally recognized service standards and best practices.
We offer the only behavioral treatment for autism endorsed by the Surgeon General, and the National Institutes of Health delivered by Board-Certified specialists. Thrive Autism Solutions is a science-based organization that not only collects data, but applies it, improving the functioning of children, families and our company. Using evidence-based interventions, we optimize a child’s potential and increase both his and his families’ happiness, one celebrated step at a time. We are now serving children and families in Northwest Arkansas from our Rogers location. Thrive Autism Solutions 1310 West Walnut Suite A Rogers Arkansas 72756 Phone: 479.802.4798 Email: info@ThriveASD.org
Clinical Leadership: Jennifer Smith, Ph.D., BCBA-D — Clinical Director Dr. Smith is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds her Master’s and Doctorate Degrees from the University of Kansas’ Department of Applied Behavioral Science. She is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis and has published articles in The Behavior Analyst, the official journal of the field of Behavior Analysis and The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, the flagship journal for Applied Behavior Analysis. She has been a guest reviewer for The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and has authored a workshop, papers, and posters at the annual meetings for the Association for Behavior Analysis. In addition, she has co-authored a chapter in the Handbook of Applied Behavior Analysis. Previously, Dr. Smith was the Program Director of the Kansas City Autism Training Center during several years of its inception. It is treatment facility that utilizes ABA for the education and treatment of children diagnosed with ASD serving children in Kansas and Missouri. For the past 5 years, she has established and maintained a private practice and consultation services for children diagnosed with ASD and their families and school districts located in rural areas of Kansas. Dr. Smith’s clinical skills focus on treatment of language and communication, social skills, adaptive behavior and behavior problems associated with autistic spectrum disorders. Dr. Smith’s primary areas of practice involve direct treatment, behavior technician training, and parent collaboration and training.
Jennifer Kirby, MS, BCBA, LBA — Program Director As Program Director at Thrive, Kirby’s responsibilities will include developing programs, community resources, and partnerships to support local children and teens with autism. Additionally, Kirby will oversee and monitor individual client treatment plans. An accomplished trainer, she will select Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Assistant Behavior Analysts and Behavior Technicians and in conjunction with the Clinical Director, will teach them the latest behavior-analytic techniques. As Clinical Director since the program opened in 2007, Kirby played a key role in bringing state-of-the-art autism services to our region through Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism. Developed in consultation with the Cleveland Clinic Autism Consulting Group, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to children and young adults with autism in Joplin, MO. Kirby received much of her early training at the New England Center for Children in Southborough Massachusetts. Before her work in Joplin, Kirby worked in an autism program in London, England and was involved with the National Charity for Autism there. She is a member of the Joplin Miracle League Board of Directors, Association for Professional Behavior Analysts, Missouri Association for Behavior Analysts, Association for Behavior Analysis International. In 2011 Kirby was asked to serve on Governor Nixon’s inaugural Behavior Analyst Advisory Board, which established the licensing standards in Missouri for the profession.
Thrive Autism Solutions is looking for exceptional individuals to join our team!
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There is no known cure for autism, but research has shown that early intervention with intensive behavioral therapies can significantly improve functioning. Clinical trials have demonstrated that intensive early behavioral intervention not only reduces the symptoms of autism, but also significantly increases IQ, language abilities and daily living skills.
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