The Autism Community Therapists (TACT) is a service-delivery agency established to make meaningful differences in the lives of children diagnosed with autism and their families. TACT provides services based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in the greater Andover, Newton, and Acton areas and has a centrally located office in Acton that houses administrative staff and a small center-based clinic. Our therapy occurs within our clinic in Acton, in our client's homes, and within the greater Acton, Newton, and Andover communities. TACT offers a broad range of services which can range from a few specialized consultations (sleep disturbance, incontinence, severe problem behavior) or more comprehensive therapy (comprehensive curriculum).
For children under age 5, our specially trained clinicians focus on early language development, play skills, social skills, and work with you and your child to establish the greatest possible level of autonomy. Services are offered primarily in the clinic with programming extended to the home to ensure progress.
Student Intensive Services
We understand that some individuals with autism may display challenging behavior. Our clinic-based service is reserved for individuals for whom this specific type of intervention is required. At the clinic, you will work 1:1 with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) to not only learn how to effectively manage your child's behavior, but to also learn how to establish new important skills that replace challenging behavior. In addition to working 1:1 with a BCBA, a team of paraprofessionals will be assigned to work with your child directly to provide important teaching opportunities.
We currently offer home-based ABA therapy to over 40 children. Our priority in providing home-based therapy is to teach your child as many skills as possible, such that they can live complete and happy lives. Our home-based curriculum is broad, and ranges from teaching your child how to learn (imitation, visual performance tasks) to language development (requesting and labeling) to social interaction, and many other self-help and life skills. As members of your therapy team, our home-based service providers will work with all team members (occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, school educators) to ensure continuity of care.
Many of our home-based students also participate in community integration programs. These programs are aimed at helping your child function independently and successfully in community settings. Throughout the week, many of our students complete various activities, such as grocery shopping, ordering at a restaurant, or attending social events.