Mission Autism Clinics to hold open houses at new locations in Frederick, Gaithersburg

Mission Autism Clinics to hold open houses at new locations in Frederick, Gaithersburg

Nov. 28—Mission Autism Clinics, a Pennsylvania-based therapy program for young children with autism spectrum disorder, will be holding grand openings this week for both its second and third Maryland locations in Frederick and Gaithersburg. The openings come only months after the launch of the first Maryland location in Silver Spring, which came in late August, according to a news release. Mission Autism Clinics’ Frederick location, at 5310 Spectrum Drive, is holding its grand opening this Friday, Dec. 3. Paul DeAngelo Jr., CEO of Mission Autism Clinics, said Mission uses a type of therapy called “applied behavior analysis,” or ABA. Mission Autism Clinics’ website explains ABA as an “evidence-based” system for breaking down complex social structures — which children with autism spectrum disorder may struggle with — into smaller, more manageable ideas. DeAngelo said Mission Autism Clinics focuses on children between 2 and 6. “We work on getting the kids ready for a kindergarten setting,” he said. “We work on a number of things, like social skills and communication skills.” The Frederick and Gaithersburg locations will both employ 40 registered behavioral therapists once they reach full capacity, but DeAngelo said this will take about a year of constant recruitment to […]

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