Ready, Set, Goals!

Unique services helping children reach their goals and their fullest potential

Article by CIty Lifestyle Staff

Photography by Provided

Originally published in Cypress Lifestyle

Apara Autism Centers

Apara was founded by parents of children on the autism spectrum, and their goal is to help children living with autism live to their fullest potential while giving parents and caregivers the help and information they need to make the right decisions for their child's future. 

Apara uses Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy (ABA), an evidence-based treatment for individuals diagnosed with autism and related disorders. ABA therapy and its principles are derived from years of scientific research and have been endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control since 1999. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the National Institute of Mental Health have also listed BA as the Standard of Care for individuals with autism. 

ABA therapy is based on the principles of learning. When implemented at an individualized level, the treatment can decrease problem behaviors while increasing appropriate and wanted behaviors, such as communication and daily living skills. Apara's Board Certified Behavior Analysts create individualized ABA treatment plans for each client based on initial and ongoing assessments. 

With locations throughout the greater Houston area, Apara Autism Centers offers ABA therapy for children ages 18 months and up. Apara provides social skills, life skills, feeding programs, and parent training. Their team collaborates with the client's speech and occupational therapy providers to ensure the best possible outcome. Apara Autism Centers accepts most insurance plans. AparaAutism.com

Dyslexia School of Houston

Dyslexia affects 1 in 5 people who will be diagnosed with the neurobiological disorder. At the Dyslexia School of Houston (DSH), children receive the proper treatment needed to read and write. Since opening in 2020, DSH has served hundreds of families in the community lacking the customized support to ensure their children succeed beyond the classroom. 

For founder and CEO Tammy Spencer, turning children with learning disabilities into spellers with superpowers, like confidence and character, results from her passion-filled efforts. 

Spencer has joined forces with Scottish Rite for Children to provide the Take Flight, A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia curriculum in Houston and the surrounding areas. Scottish Rite is one of the nation's leading pediatric orthopedic centers. A wide range of orthopedic conditions are treated, as well as certain arthritic, neurological, and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. 

When Spencer founded DSH, she desired to bring quality curriculum, treatment, and learning to all children with dyslexia, regardless of their family's ability to afford private therapy. As a public school educator for 27 years, she saw firsthand how students with learning disabilities statistically become entrepreneurs or incarcerated. The most significant catalyst in preventing the latter is the therapy and support DSH provides. "I want to be the solution," Spencer says. 

Thus, the 501c3 organization, The Code Academy, was founded in direct alliance with DSH to improve literacy by providing scholarships to children with dyslexia. 

The Code Academy will benefit from the upcoming September 9th gala, Cirque Dy Slexia, hosted by DSH at The Health Museum and sponsored by Scottish Rite, among many other literacy and local supporters. 

As DSH expands its scope across Houston in collaboration with Scottish Rite, they look forward to serving the Memorial community together. Development for DSH's Certified Academic Language Therapist training center and lab school for children began earlier this year. DyslexiaHouston.org

Cypress Pediatric OT

A child's occupation is to play, participate in school, and be independent with self-care tasks. Cypress Pediatric OT offers client-centered occupational therapy services to children aged six-weeks to 18 years. Working with children experiencing challenges due to Autism, ADHD, sensory processing, developmental delays, learning disabilities, neurological disorders, and many others. 

Striving to promote and support the achievement of a child's independence, Cypress Pediatric OT works alongside talented speech-language pathologists with Spring Branch Speech Therapy in-clinic making coordinating therapy seamless and convenient. “Cypress Pediatric OT offers an intimate atmosphere where families feel comfortable and confident with the services they receive.” says owner and OT therapist, Rory Autry.

Offering smaller fine-motor rooms and a full-sensory gym equipped with swings, suspended obstacle courses, and other exciting equipment. Cypress Pediatric OT therapists are skilled at providing highly motivational treatments in the clinic environment but also have the flexibility to observe and treat patients at schools, create a sensory room in patient’s homes, or make a home-visit for the implementation of a home program. 

OT can help improve fine motor skills, gross motor skills, self-care skills, coordination, sensory processing, self-regulation, and attention, and more. CypressPediatricOT.com


Inspiration Ranch

Located on forty sprawling acres in Magnolia, Inspiration Ranch uses equine therapy to help children, youth, and adults overcome physical, emotional, and social disabilities; providing hope and encouragement while strengthening core muscles and communication skills.

Set apart from similar programs due to highly-trained and skilled horses and experienced, compassionate staff.  Keenly trained horses instinctively react to nonverbal cues, with a natural gift of analyzing a situation to encourage safe and healthy interaction. Inspiration Ranch team members are breaking barriers and shattering stigmas, allowing clients to reach their goals through equine therapy in a loving, inclusive Christian environment.

Since opening in 2010, Inspiration Ranch has grown from 20 clients a week to over 115 therapeutic riding clients weekly and over 50 mental health clients annually. Committed to never turning away anyone due to financial reasons, Inspiration Ranch offers scholarships thanks to supporting partners. The volunteers at Inspiration Ranch play a vital role; from side-walking during therapeutic sessions to committee members to ranch chores–every volunteer is a valuable part of Inspiration Ranch. 

Safety is taken very seriously at Inspiration Ranch, as a Premier Accredited Center through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. Inspiration Ranch strives to create a joyful, peaceful environment while maintaining harmony with the land, horses, and one another, honoring God in every encounter and action. InspirationRanch.org

"At Aprara Autism Centers, we uncover a happy and empowering future for your child."

"At Dyslexia School of Houston, we recognize dyslexia as both a challenge and an opportunity. We're here to help students tap into their talent and build confidence in their reading ability."

“Cypress Pediatric OT allows for an intimate atmosphere where families feel comfortable and confident with the services they receive.”

"Inspiration Ranch team members are breaking barriers and shattering stigmas, allowing clients to reach their goals through equine therapy in a loving, inclusive Christian environment."

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