About Us

We help kids with autism thrive and grow – at home, in school, and in life.

Thrive Autism Solutions is the first agency in the South to be CARF-accredited for its autism programs.
Thrive Autism Solutions is the first agency in the South to be CARF-accredited for autism and behavior consultation programs.

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 recognizedservice standards and best practices.

Our Mission

Children have no limits. 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.

Our Values

Thrive Autism Solutions’ core values:

  • Give hope through knowledge;
  • Create fun and happiness;
  • Be passionate and determined;
  • Learn from everyone and everything;
  • Celebrate growth and success;
  • Set standards for integrity;
  • Develop every client and every team member to her fullest potential;
  • Apply science–make data-based decisions.

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.


Thrive Program Director Jennifer Kirby
Thrive Chief Executive Officer Raelynn Hillhouse

RAELYNN HILLHOUSE, Ph.D. — CEO Dr. Hillhouse has been named to Forbes’elite list of “Big Achievers” and she has been written about in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, People and others. She is frequently listed among the most famous alumni of Washington University. Dr. Hillhouse has nearly two decades of senior executive experience in behavioral health. Dr. Hillhouse led Thrive to become the first CARF-accredited program in the South specifically for behavioral consultation for children with autism.

Thrive Program Director Jennifer Kirby
Thrive Clinical Director Jennifer Kirby

Jennifer Kirby, MS, BCBA, LBA —  Clinical Director Ms. Kirby is best known for her key role in collaborating with the Cleveland Clinic to bring state-of-the-art autism services to Missouri through her capacity as the founding Clinical Director of the Leffen Center for Autism. Ms. Kirby received much of her early training and clinical experience at the New England Center for Children (NECC) in Massachusetts. A hub for training and research, NECC has been transforming the lives of children with autism worldwide since 1975. Before moving to the Midwest, Ms. Kirby worked at the National Charity for Autism, TreeHouse Trust in London, England. In 2011, she was appointed to serve on Missouri Governor Nixon's inaugural Behavior Analyst Advisory Board, which established the licensing standards for the state. Ms. Kirby now serves on the executive committee for the Arkansas Association for Behavior Analysis. She also sits on the autism advocacy board for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Thrive Program Director Liz Kinsella
Thrive Program Director Liz Kinsella

LIZ KINSELLA, MSW, BCBA, LBA —  Program Director, St. Louis Ms. Kinsella is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Missouri. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Notre Dame and received her Master of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. She has spent the last decade working with children and adults with developmental disabilities, including autism, in a variety of home, school, and clinic based Applied Behavior Analysis programs. Liz has provided behavioral consultation, parent and staff/teacher training, social skills instruction and early intervention services across the Bi-state area. Working closely with families and seeing children grow and thrive is what it's all about for Liz.