ABC San Antonio, TX

Action Behavior Centers is the leading ABA therapy provider in the San Antonio region. Whether your child needs services in the center or at home, our compassionate teammates are here to help. Discover how Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy with Action Behavior Centers around San Antonio, TX can help your child reach their full potential.

ABC San Antonio, TX

Action Behavior Centers is the leading ABA therapy provider in the San Antonio region. Whether your child needs services in the center or at home, our compassionate teammates are here to help. Discover how Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy with Action Behavior Centers around San Antonio, TX can help your child reach their full potential.

We Accept Most Insurance Providers

*in select states

We Accept Most Insurance Providers

*in select states

Help Your Child Reach Milestone Moments

If you don’t have a diagnosis, we can assist you. Action Behavior has immediate space available for children for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy.

Our highly trained therapists and BCBAs are ready to help.

Start Your ADOS-2

Assessment

Application

If a doctor or screen tool indicates risk, schedule an ADOS-2 assessment that can be reviewed by treating physicians.

Have A Child 3 & Under?
Start Screening Today.

Have a child under 3 years old? Just getting started? The M-CHAT™ (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers) is a parent-report screening tool to assess the risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In approximately 10 minutes, parents can complete the 20 questions and receive an autism risk assessment for their child.

Have A Child 4 & Up?
Start Screening Today.

Have a child 4 & Up? Just getting started? The Childhood Autism Spectrum Test or CAST (formerly the “Childhood Asperger’s Syndrome Test”) is a parent questionnaire that assesses for symptoms of autism and social communication problems.

For Children 3 & Under

For Children 4 & Up

Help Your Child Reach Milestone Moments

If you don’t have a diagnosis, we can assist you. Action Behavior has immediate space available for children for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy.

Our highly trained therapists and BCBAs are ready to help.

Start Your ADOS-2

Assessment

Application

If a doctor or screen tool indicates risk, schedule an ADOS-2 assessment that can be reviewed by treating physicians.

Have A Child 3 & Under?
Start Screening Today.

Have a child under 3 years old? Just getting started? The M-CHAT™ (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers) is a parent-report screening tool to assess the risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In approximately 10 minutes, parents can complete the 20 questions and receive an autism risk assessment for their child.

Have A Child 4 & Up?
Start Screening Today.

Have a child 4 & Up? Just getting started? The Childhood Autism Spectrum Test or CAST (formerly the “Childhood Asperger’s Syndrome Test”) is a parent questionnaire that assesses for symptoms of autism and social communication problems.

Serving 16 Locations Throughout The San Antonio Area

Serving 16 Locations Throughout The San Antonio Area

We Meet You Where You Are.

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Center-Based

Center-Based therapy allows for children to practice school-readiness, peer play, and social skills throughout their structured schedule.

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ABC At Home

An At-Home environment allows for generalization of self-help and adaptive skills within real-life scenarios alongside more frequent parent training.

We Meet You Where You Are.

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Center-Based

Center-Based therapy allows for children to practice school-readiness, peer play, and social skills throughout their structured schedule.

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ABC At Home

An At-Home environment allows for generalization of self-help and adaptive skills within real-life scenarios alongside more frequent parent training.

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Clinical Leaders

San Antonio Leaders

Aaron Parks

Market Leader | San Antonio, TX

As the Vice President for the San Antonio region, Aaron is responsible for ensuring our in-center and at-home departments are functioning at a high level to serve the needs of our various children. Aaron is passionate about growing the region of San Antonio for Action Behavior Centers to ensure we’re helping as many children and families as possible. Aaron’s leadership background began at The Walt Disney Company, where he gained valuable foundations in leadership, decision-making, and operational excellence. Aaron has grown close to many clinical leaders in the San Antonio region and he’s established a strong system of rapport and excellence among his teammates.

Aimee Sackrider, BCBA, LBA

Regional Clinical Director | San Antonio, TX

Aimee has a strong clinical and operational background managing treatment centers and teams delivering ABA therapy to individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families. She has demonstrated effectiveness in strategic growth, outreach, and expansions in new and existing markets to support the ground-up development of treatment centers. As Regional Clinical Director, Aimee ensures clinical integrity and clinical excellence remains at the forefront of all of our treatment plans.

Dessinie Gutierrez

Regional Clinical Director

Dessinie is thrilled to be part of the San Antonio region. She grew up in the military moving from place to place, but the San Antonio area has been home to her since she was 11 years old. When Dessinie was 14 years old, she decided that she wanted to become a BCBA when she observed one of her little brother’s ABA therapy sessions. She’s been in the ABA field since 2014. In her free time, you can catch her at one of her 5 children’s sporting, theatre, or choir events.
 
 

 

Emily Kissling

Clinical Director | At Home

Emily Kissling has been in the field for over 10 years. She grew up in San Antonio, where she has returned with her husband and son. She started working with children with ASD in a social skills clinic and then in early intervention. As her years of experience grew, she has worked in out-patient clinics and in home programs for children starting at age 2 to adults working on vocational skills. Emily now serves at the Clinical Director for the At Home Team in San Antonio and is fueled by the families and BCBAs she serves, watching each teammate and parent grow with their children at ABC!

 

Kelsie Thompson

Clinical Director | Alamo Ranch

Kelsey originally obtained her undergraduate degree at UTSA in General Education, but after entering the field she knew she wanted to be more. She went back to school to gain a master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. She’s been in the field of ABA since 2017, first starting out as a Registered Behavior Technician. After finding her love for the field, she started to pursue her certification to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Three years ago, when she passed her BCBA exam, she began her journey at Action Behavior Centers. Since then, she’s grown into the role of Clinical Director. In her time as a Clinical Director, Kelsie has opened our Alamo Ranch location and gone further west to transition to our newest west side location, Westover Hills. She couldn’t have asked for a more fulfilling career – helping patients reach their highest potential!

 

Tarah Marshall

Clinical Director | Cibolo

As a Clinical Director, Emily provides important leadership to her team and is integral in making decisions for her centers day to day clinical operations. Emily has worked in several capacities as an ABA clinical director over the past 6 years. She’s highly regarded by many of her BCBAs as being ethical, effective, and compassionate.

Melanie Brookshire

Clinical Director | Cimarron Path

As a Clinical Director, Emily provides important leadership to her team and is integral in making decisions for her centers day to day clinical operations. Emily has worked in several capacities as an ABA clinical director over the past 6 years. She’s highly regarded by many of her BCBAs as being ethical, effective, and compassionate.

 

Sophia Kassim

Clinical Director | Far West

Sophia started working in the field of ABA in 2011. She’s worked as a therapist, a BCBA, a CD, and an RCD prior to her role at Action. Sophia has worked in home, in center, within school and community settings, and she loves working with the early intervention population in particular. Sophia has an interest in severely challenging behaviors, and she’s previously worked in residential facilities prior to moving into early intervention. Her current passions include family guidance, whole family involvement, and compassionate care!

Ruby D. Mannankara-Cabrera

Clinical Director | Helotes

Ruby has worked across multiple settings including the school, home, clinic, telehealth, and non-profit. She works closely with families and caregivers to provide collaborative and compassionate care throughout ABA service delivery. Ruby has supervised and trained graduate and post-graduate students seeking their board certification for several years across a variety of organizations and higher education programs. Ruby is currently a doctoral candidate at Baylor University’s Doctor of Education program in Leadership and Organization Change. Her research focuses on culturally responsive care in behavior analytic treatment, ethical implications in ABA service delivery, and culturally-informed treatment. She completed her Master of Science at Northeastern University and Bachelors in Psychology and Religion at Wake Forest University. She strives to align her behavior analytic practice and contributions as a leader at Action’s Helotes clinic to her core values of compassion and integrity.

 

Ayssa Altahif

Clinical Director | Kyle

As a Clinical Director, Emily provides important leadership to her team and is integral in making decisions for her centers day to day clinical operations. Emily has worked in several capacities as an ABA clinical director over the past 6 years. She’s highly regarded by many of her BCBAs as being ethical, effective, and compassionate.

Priscila Hernandez

Clinical Director | Buda

As a Clinical Director, Emily provides important leadership to her team and is integral in making decisions for her centers day to day clinical operations. Emily has worked in several capacities as an ABA clinical director over the past 6 years. She’s highly regarded by many of her BCBAs as being ethical, effective, and compassionate.

Shannon Van Scoy

Clinical Director | Perrin Beitel

As a Clinical Director, Emily provides important leadership to her team and is integral in making decisions for her centers day to day clinical operations. Emily has worked in several capacities as an ABA clinical director over the past 6 years. She’s highly regarded by many of her BCBAs as being ethical, effective, and compassionate.

Heather Henderson

Clinical Director | New Braunfels

As a Clinical Director, Emily provides important leadership to her team and is integral in making decisions for her centers day to day clinical operations. Emily has worked in several capacities as an ABA clinical director over the past 6 years. She’s highly regarded by many of her BCBAs as being ethical, effective, and compassionate.

 

Nicole Snow 

Clinical Director | Stone Oak

As a Clinical Director, Emily provides important leadership to her team and is integral in making decisions for her centers day to day clinical operations. Emily has worked in several capacities as an ABA clinical director over the past 6 years. She’s highly regarded by many of her BCBAs as being ethical, effective, and compassionate.

San Antonio Leaders

Aaron Parks

Market Leader | San Antonio, TX

As the Vice President for the San Antonio region, Aaron is responsible for ensuring our in-center and at-home departments are functioning at a high level to serve the needs of our various children. Aaron is passionate about growing the region of San Antonio for Action Behavior Centers to ensure we’re helping as many children and families as possible. Aaron’s leadership background began at The Walt Disney Company, where he gained valuable foundations in leadership, decision-making, and operational excellence. Aaron has grown close to many clinical leaders in the San Antonio region and he’s established a strong system of rapport and excellence among his teammates.

Aimee Sackrider, BCBA, LBA

Regional Clinical Director | San Antonio, TX

Aimee has a strong clinical and operational background managing treatment centers and teams delivering ABA therapy to individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families. She has demonstrated effectiveness in strategic growth, outreach, and expansions in new and existing markets to support the ground-up development of treatment centers. As Regional Clinical Director, Aimee ensures clinical integrity and clinical excellence remains at the forefront of all of our treatment plans.

Dessinie Gutierrez

Regional Clinical Director

Dessinie is thrilled to be part of the San Antonio region. She grew up in the military moving from place to place, but the San Antonio area has been home to her since she was 11 years old. When Dessinie was 14 years old, she decided that she wanted to become a BCBA when she observed one of her little brother’s ABA therapy sessions. She’s been in the ABA field since 2014. In her free time, you can catch her at one of her 5 children’s sporting, theatre, or choir events.
 
 

Emily Kissling

Clinical Director | At Home

Emily Kissling has been in the field for over 10 years. She grew up in San Antonio, where she has returned with her husband and son. She started working with children with ASD in a social skills clinic and then in early intervention. As her years of experience grew, she has worked in out-patient clinics and in home programs for children starting at age 2 to adults working on vocational skills. Emily now serves at the Clinical Director for the At Home Team in San Antonio and is fueled by the families and BCBAs she serves, watching each teammate and parent grow with their children at ABC!
 
 

Kelsie Thompson

Clinical Director | Alamo Ranch

 
Kelsey originally obtained her undergraduate degree at UTSA in General Education, but after entering the field she knew she wanted to be more. She went back to school to gain a master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. She’s been in the field of ABA since 2017, first starting out as a Registered Behavior Technician. After finding her love for the field, she started to pursue her certification to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Three years ago, when she passed her BCBA exam, she began her journey at Action Behavior Centers. Since then, she’s grown into the role of Clinical Director. In her time as a Clinical Director, Kelsie has opened our Alamo Ranch location and gone further west to transition to our newest west side location, Westover Hills. She couldn’t have asked for a more fulfilling career – helping patients reach their highest potential!
 
 

Tarah Marshall

Clinical Director | Cibolo

Tarah Marshall has worked in the ABA field since 2011.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of New Mexico and her Master of Arts in Professional Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology.  Tarah began as a behavior technician in New Mexico then moved to Oceanside, CA to complete her graduate work and supervision experience working with military families.  She received her BCBA certification in November 2016 and spent 3 years providing in home services before coming to ABC.  She considers ABC her final landing spot and loves serving as Cibolo’s Clinical Director!

Melanie Brookshire

Clinical Director | Cimarron Path

As a Clinical Director, Emily provides important leadership to her team and is integral in making decisions for her centers day to day clinical operations. Emily has worked in several capacities as an ABA clinical director over the past 6 years. She’s highly regarded by many of her BCBAs as being ethical, effective, and compassionate.
 
 

Sophia Kassim

Clinical Director | Far West

Sophia started working in the field of ABA in 2011. She’s worked as a therapist, a BCBA, a CD, and an RCD prior to her role at Action. Sophia has worked in home, in center, within school and community settings, and she loves working with the early intervention population in particular. Sophia has an interest in severely challenging behaviors, and she’s previously worked in residential facilities prior to moving into early intervention. Her current passions include family guidance, whole family involvement, and compassionate care!

Ruby D. Mannankara-Cabrera

Clinical Director | Helotes

Ruby has worked across multiple settings including the school, home, clinic, telehealth, and non-profit. She works closely with families and caregivers to provide collaborative and compassionate care throughout ABA service delivery. Ruby has supervised and trained graduate and post-graduate students seeking their board certification for several years across a variety of organizations and higher education programs. Ruby is currently a doctoral candidate at Baylor University’s Doctor of Education program in Leadership and Organization Change. Her research focuses on culturally responsive care in behavior analytic treatment, ethical implications in ABA service delivery, and culturally-informed treatment. She completed her Master of Science at Northeastern University and Bachelors in Psychology and Religion at Wake Forest University. She strives to align her behavior analytic practice and contributions as a leader at Action’s Helotes clinic to her core values of compassion and integrity.
 
 

Ayssa Altahif

Clinical Director | Kyle

As a Clinical Director, Emily provides important leadership to her team and is integral in making decisions for her centers day to day clinical operations. Emily has worked in several capacities as an ABA clinical director over the past 6 years. She’s highly regarded by many of her BCBAs as being ethical, effective, and compassionate.

Priscila Hernandez

Clinical Director | Buda

As a Clinical Director, Emily provides important leadership to her team and is integral in making decisions for her centers day to day clinical operations. Emily has worked in several capacities as an ABA clinical director over the past 6 years. She’s highly regarded by many of her BCBAs as being ethical, effective, and compassionate.

Shannon Van Scoy

Clinical Director | Perrin Beitel

As a Clinical Director, Emily provides important leadership to her team and is integral in making decisions for her centers day to day clinical operations. Emily has worked in several capacities as an ABA clinical director over the past 6 years. She’s highly regarded by many of her BCBAs as being ethical, effective, and compassionate.

Heather Henderson

Clinical Director | Schertz

As a Clinical Director, Emily provides important leadership to her team and is integral in making decisions for her centers day to day clinical operations. Emily has worked in several capacities as an ABA clinical director over the past 6 years. She’s highly regarded by many of her BCBAs as being ethical, effective, and compassionate.
 
 

Nicole Snow 

Clinical Director | Stone Oak

As a Clinical Director, Emily provides important leadership to her team and is integral in making decisions for her centers day to day clinical operations. Emily has worked in several capacities as an ABA clinical director over the past 6 years. She’s highly regarded by many of her BCBAs as being ethical, effective, and compassionate.

Experience the ABC Difference.

Action Behavioral Centers (ABC) provide personalized, one-on-one ABA therapy designed to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder achieve a better quality of life.

Personal Attention

Every child is unique, and every case of autism is different. Our one-on-one programs are tailored to each individual’s specific needs and goals, and designed to maximize their potential.

Convenience

With many centers in the region, it’s easy to find a location near you. You never have to worry about cancellations. If your child’s therapist is unavailable, another expert can step in.

No Waitlist

When it comes to developmental delays, every moment counts. We provide immediate attention, so you don’t have to wait months to get your child the help they need. You can begin making progress now.

Parental Training

We believe parental involvement is critical to your child’s ongoing success. Our Family Guidance sessions help ensure you get the support you need to continue helpful behaviors at home.

Extraordinary Team

We take pride in our open, energetic and intensely supportive culture. Our kids are our top priority, and their development is our team’s number one goal. Every Therapist becomes a Registered Behavior Technician through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

Proven Success

Families who work with us see a significant and positive change in areas like communication, life skills, and following directions. In fact, 97% of families would recommend ABC to family and friends.

Experience the ABC Difference.

Action Behavioral Centers (ABC) provide personalized, one-on-one ABA therapy designed to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder achieve a better quality of life.

Personal Attention

Every child is unique, and every case of autism is different. Our one-on-one programs are tailored to each individual’s specific needs and goals, and designed to maximize their potential.

Convenience

With many centers in the region, it’s easy to find a location near you. You never have to worry about cancellations. If your child’s therapist is unavailable, another expert can step in.

No Waitlist

When it comes to developmental delays, every moment counts. We provide immediate attention, so you don’t have to wait months to get your child the help they need. You can begin making progress now.

Parental Training

We believe parental involvement is critical to your child’s ongoing success. Our Family Guidance sessions help ensure you get the support you need to continue helpful behaviors at home.

Extraordinary Team

We take pride in our open, energetic and intensely supportive culture. Our kids are our top priority, and their development is our team’s number one goal. Every Therapist becomes a Registered Behavior Technician through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

 

Proven Success

Families who work with us see a significant and positive change in areas like communication, life skills, and following directions. In fact, 97% of families would recommend ABC to family and friends.

Have Questions?

What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy?
ABA therapy is the leading approach for improving developmental deficiencies associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). By focusing on human behavior, ABA therapy increases learning and functional behaviors while minimizing problem behaviors.
Does ABA therapy work for Autism?

Every child and case of autism is unique, and some children experience more significant progress with ABA therapy than others. However, studies show those who receive two or more years of intensive behavioral intervention make substantial progress and can participate in school and social activities at the same level as their peers.

 

 

 

What is ADOS and ADOS-2?

Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) is a popular diagnostic tool used by specialists to assess ASD by delving into key indicators — like communication, social interaction, and repetitive behaviors. This natural, play-based assessment leverages a variety of toys and activities and lasts about 45 minutes to an hour. Our expert clinicians conduct ADOS-2, the updated version of ADOS, at our centers.

What is CAST?

The Childhood Autism Spectrum Test or CAST (formerly the “Childhood Asperger’s Syndrome Test”) is a 37- 40 item, yes or no evaluation aimed at parents. The questionnaire was developed by the ARC (the Autism Research Centre) at the University of Cambridge, for assessing the severity of autism spectrum symptoms in children. It has proved to be a good test for screening autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and social communication problems.

While diagnosis of typical autism will usually occur in early childhood, Aspergers syndrome and other pervasive developmental disorders may be missed until much later. The Childhood Autism Syndrome Test (CAST) allows detection of such cases which may need further assessment.

What is M-CHAT?

M-CHAT™ (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers) is a screening tool parents can use to assess ASD in children aged 16 to 30 months. Children who received a high-risk score should be evaluated by an autism specialist. ABC offers an M-CHAT screening tool as the first step in the diagnostic process.

Does insurance cover ABA therapy?

We are in-network with most major insurance companies and working to become a network provider for additional networks. When you’re ready, ABC will help you navigate the insurance process by verifying coverage and benefits, discussing the treatment plan with the insurance company, and pre-authorizing benefits. We’ll also bill the insurance company directly to make your life easier.

How do I get started with Action Behavior Centers?

After you submit your three-minute new client application, we’ll call you to discuss your family’s needs and help you explore all options. Next, we’ll schedule a visit to our facility for you and your child, as well as an ADOS evaluation, if necessary. Finally, after completing intake paperwork, you and your child will meet their BCBA for an assessment and begin preparing for the first day of therapy.

Together, we’ll create a better future for your child.

What Do I Do If I Suspect
My Child Has Autism?

Don’t panic.  Parenting is challenging under any circumstances.
If you suspect your child may be
on the spectrum, start by using one of our early assessment tools.  

Schedule ADOS-2

Fill out a New Client Application Form and select your preferred location. Our team will be in touch with next steps shortly.

Online Self-Diagnostic Tools

Children 3 & Under: Complete an M-CHAT and select your preferred location.

Children 4 & Up: Complete a Child Autism Spectrum Test (CAST) and select your preferred location.

What Do I Do Next? 

If your child already has a diagnosis of Autism / Autism Spectrum Disorder and you are interested in getting started with enrollment, please complete our brief New Client Application or contact us.

If your child has many of the potential signs of autism (read about them here) but does not have a diagnosis, please complete the M-CHAT Autism Screening Tool provided on our website.

What Do I Do Next? 

If your child already has a diagnosis of Autism / Autism Spectrum Disorder and you are interested in getting started with enrollment, please complete our brief New Client Application or contact us.

If your child has many of the potential signs of autism (read about them here) but does not have a diagnosis, please complete the M-CHAT Autism Screening Tool provided on our website.