About Us

Action Behavior Centers was founded in Austin, Texas to provide ABA therapy for children on the Autism Spectrum.

Our goal isn’t to be the largest ABA therapy center in Austin.  It’s to be the best.

Every day, our talented and committed team strives to help your child reach their highest potential.

That’s why we’re here.

In our assessments, treatment plan development, one-on-one therapy, parent training, and helping with administrative matters, we strive to be really, really good at what we do.  Each of our therapists has been hand-selected, and values their job and the opportunity to do important work.  We offer everyone a salary – this is a unique feature of any center we know of in Austin – so we have loyal, committed staff that can make this a career.

Our clinical leadership is composed of true experts in the field of ABA therapy.  Amy Brown, BCBA and Lupe Castaneda, BCBA are extraordinarily talented behavior therapists whose life work is helping children on the Autism Spectrum to live rich, happy lives where they can contribute to the world about them to the fullest.

In everything that we do, our guiding principle is to provide a quality of service to our patients and their families.  We want you to experience this from your first phone call to us.  Every question that you have is important, and we want you to get the answers that you deserve.  Families that are concerned about their child’s development, or that have a recent diagnosis of autism, have many questions and concerns.  In our people, we want you to find helpful and compassionate answers from experts in the field.

Amy Brown, MS, BCBA

Lupe Castaneda, MS, BCBA

Our Team

Our team – and the vast majority of autism experts in the United States – are committed to ABA therapy as the key treatment to implement for those with such needs. Why? It’s simple. ABA therapy has helped non-verbal children speak, those without social skills interact with others, those with aggression eliminate their problem behaviors, and so much more.

Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) are passionate about ABA therapy and all that it can do for those in need.  A BCBA is a master’s or doctoral-level healthcare practitioner that uses the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to assist with developmental issues, especially autism spectrum disorders.

At Action Behavior Centers, our BCBAs each hold multiple years of experience working with children of a wide-range of ages and functions.  Our RBTs are each provided with extensive training to ensure they have the skills to effectively help children with a range of behavioral challenges. Our team members are very excited to help make a difference in the lives of you and your family members.

A Warm Welcome From Our Leadership

Holly, Ryan, Amy, and Lupe welcome you to our website and hope you find it informative and useful.  We are available to chat (see the lower right corner of your screen) if you have questions, you can submit a form to contact us, or call (512-572-0157) during or after business hours.  We are fast to respond, and would be pleased to help.  Thank you!

How We Got Started

When the Ryan & Holly Lambert looked for ABA therapy services for a family friend they were unable to find a suitable center.  Every ABA center in Austin had a wait list of 6 to 12 months, and even learning that fact took far too much time.  When a child has a developmental delay, they knew every month counts.

By collaborating with several leading autism specialists – with a combined decades of experience – our team of BCBAs and healthcare entrepreneurs launched Action Behavior Centers.  Our Austin ABA center’s mission is to offer comprehensive services and support to families with a child on the autism spectrum through diagnosis, assessments, and applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy.

Ryan & Holly Lambert

Our Clients

Families are amazed at how effective our interventions work for their children, and this is simply due to the fact that ABA is based upon scientific and experience-based principles that hold true to the motivation behind behavior. Using motivation to help children learn new skills is what makes ABA methods so effective.  We focus on early learners (ages 18 months to 10 years old) that often lack verbal communication skills.

Through ABA therapy children have learned new skills such as sharing, communicating, taking turns, demonstrating patience, and learning to be flexible if a change in their routine occurs. Such positive and proactive approach help children with autism learn various ways to interact and form relationships with others which may have been very difficult or perhaps impossible before. The focus on rewarding desired behavior is what makes using ABA a fun and enjoyable experience for our team, the children, and their families.

At Action Behavior Centers, we strive to ensure that we deliver the most up-to-date and accurate ABA services in order that each person who interacts with children with autism and other special needs have the best tools available to help children meet goals. Our Austin-based team invites you to learn more about the specialized ABA training programs incorporated here so that you may see how we can help making a positive difference in the life of your child and family today.

Your Questions

Families whose children have recently been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder have many questions.  On other pages of our website you can learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder, ABA Therapy, our Admissions Process, getting a formal Diagnosis, Insurance Funding, and find Frequently Asked Questions.

Examples of some of the questions parents may be interested in answering include:

  • What does ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) mean?
    • Applied behavior analysis is likely a phrase that you haven’t used much in your life.  It’s kind of a strange term at first for many people.  Let’s break it down into pieces:
      • Applied (this is an applied, or practical, method that we use).
      • Behavior (we all have an intuitive sense of this word – behavior is what people do)
      • Analysis (the study or investigation into something)
    • So, Applied Behavior Analysis is the application of the analysis of behavior.  We’ll seek to understand why someone does something (analyzing behavior) and then apply the lessons.
    • An example:  your child screams loudly.  We’ll seek to understand why the child screams  – this is called the “function” of the behavior – the purpose the behavior of screaming.  If we can understand why the screaming occurs (the child wants something) we can then do something about it (provide that thing, if appropriate and desirable).
  • What happens at an ABA treatment center?
    • We work with children on the autism spectrum to help them develop.  Spectrum kids often don’t develop in the same way that neuro-typical children do, and they may need some special help in order to learn the kinds of things that neuro-typical children learn more naturally.  We have written on one of our boards that we “play to learn and learn to play”.  Children love to play – it’s one of the ways that they learn about the world around them.  Children with autism may to learn how to play, and our therapists are there to help them each step along the way.  The process will grow to include many things beyond just playing, but for many, that’s where it starts.
  • How does ABA therapy work?  Does ABA therapy work?
    • Our Austin applied behavior analysis program is especially useful in helping children with autism spectrum disorder.  Because we seek to understand the function of behaviors of children who often aren’t able to communicate verbally or effectively in some cases, we are able to understand their wants and needs, as well as create the building blocks for children to express their preferences, needs, and wants.
    • ABA treatment for autism is heavily researched and virtually every peer-reviewed research study on ABA describes early intensive intervention as the best practice.
  • Does insurance pay for autism therapy for my child?  
    • Yes, in most cases.  Private health insurance is, with few exceptions, required in Texas to provide coverage for treatment or therapy for autism.  The Texas Insurance Autism Mandate puts specific requirements on health insurance companies to provide coverage.
  • What is the best Texas insurance for autism treatment?
    • If you have questions about what is the best insurance provider for autism therapy, please call our office.  Some companies do a pretty good job, and some are more difficult.  An insurance broker that specializes in providing policies for families with kids on the autism spectrum will be able to help, and we can definitely point you in the right direction.  Call our office and we’ll be happy to share our expertise:  (512) 572-0157.