Part 1: The Importance of Early Intervention and ABA Therapy for Children with Autism

Early intervention and ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy play a vital role in supporting the development and well-being of children with autism.

By providing specialized services during the crucial early years, children can improve their skills, achieve developmental milestones, and pave the way for long-term success. In this blog post, we will explore the significance of early intervention and ABA therapy, highlighting their benefits for children with autism and their families.

What is Early Intervention?

Early intervention encompasses a range of services and support provided to children with developmental delays or disabilities, including those diagnosed with autism, as young as 18 months. Its primary objective is to facilitate the achievement of developmental milestones and promote overall growth and well-being. By intervening early, professionals can identify and address potential challenges promptly, thereby maximizing the child’s developmental potential.

Understanding ABA Therapy:

ABA therapy is a specific type of early intervention widely utilized for children with autism. It employs behavioral techniques based on the principles of learning and motivation, used to significantly improve behaviors, such as instruction following, reading, language, sibling relationships, age-appropriate play, as well as social, motor, and self-help skills. ABA therapy employs positive reinforcement to encourage desired behaviors while simultaneously decreasing undesirable behaviors. The therapy is tailored to the specific needs and goals of each child and is typically delivered in individualized one-on-one sessions with a trained therapist (at The Behavior Exchange, all our therapists are RBTs — Registered Behavioral Technicians). It covers diverse areas such as communication, socialization, self-care, and academic skills, aiming to improve overall functioning and quality of life.

The Importance of Early Intervention for Children with Autism:

  1. Improved Developmental Outcomes: Research consistently demonstrates that children who receive early intervention services are more likely to achieve developmental milestones and acquire better communication skills. Additionally, early intervention can mitigate the severity of autism symptoms, facilitating better long-term outcomes for these children.
  1. Capitalizing on Neuroplasticity: The early years of a child’s life are characterized by heightened neuroplasticity, making it the optimal time for learning and skill development. Early intervention takes advantage of this critical period, providing intensive support and interventions that can positively shape a child’s brain development.
  1. Enhancing Future Potential: Initiating ABA therapy at an early age significantly increases a child’s chances of making substantial progress and reaching their full potential. By equipping them with essential skills and strategies, early intervention sets a solid foundation for future learning and independence.

Benefits for Families:

  1. Understanding Unique Needs: Early intervention provides families with valuable tools and knowledge to understand their child’s unique needs and challenges. It helps parents and caregivers gain insights into effective strategies for supporting their child’s growth and development.
  1. Stress Reduction: Raising a child with autism can be challenging and stressful for families. Early intervention offers access to professional guidance, resources, and support networks that can alleviate stress and anxiety. It empowers families to navigate the complexities of autism and fosters a sense of reassurance and confidence.

Early intervention, including ABA therapy, is indispensable for children with autism.

By capitalizing on the early years’ neuroplasticity, it enables children to achieve their full potential, improving developmental outcomes and enhancing their prospects. Moreover, early intervention provides families with valuable support, knowledge, and resources, making their journey smoother and less burdensome. By recognizing the importance of early intervention and supporting children with autism from an early age, we can empower them to lead happy, fulfilling lives.





Ashvina attended University of Bombay and graduated with a Bachelors of Commerce. She got her Montessori Diploma in 1985 and taught ever since. Ashvina came to TBE in January of 2016 as Admin Assistant. During the years she got the opportunity to learn and work in different departments such as HR, Finance, Office Manager and Executive Assistant. Last summer TBE bought billing in house and her current focus area is Revenue Cycle Management. She is detail oriented and enjoys working with people. Ashvina volunteers to deliver meals to seniors and local shelters on the weekend. She loves to spend time with her family and grandkids. Ashvina loves her job because she enjoys hearing different points of view, and she feels her contributions help fuel the direction of our company.

Working with children comes naturally to Angela. Her mom was a special education teacher for 30 years and often had Angela join her for Take Your Child to Work Day. And in high school, Angela spent every summer as the nanny for a little boy with an autism spectrum disorder. It was this experience where her passion for working with children with autism started to blossom.

From there, she went on to graduate from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences. She learned about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in a non-normative development class and from that moment knew that ABA would be her life’s work.

Angela moved to the DFW area shortly after and began working at The Behavior Exchange as a therapist. She worked on her Master’s in Behavior Analysis at the same time. A year after graduating, she earned certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Now, as a Clinical Director at The Behavior Exchange, she brings a life-long passion to her work, holding a special place in her heart for children with limited language skills and working closely with families to develop healthy sleep habits.

Danielle’s passion for working with families is deeply personal and from the heart. Her younger brother has an autism spectrum disorder, and through their journey as a family, she found her purpose in life as an advocate for individuals with special needs.

After graduating from the University of North Texas with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies, Danielle began volunteering at The Behavior Exchange. She saw passionate therapists, meaningful change for clients, and families with hope for the future. After a summer of volunteering, she officially joined the team as Director of Admissions and found her home with The Behavior Exchange family.

With her extensive experience working as a client advocate with insurance providers, Danielle perseveres to help individuals of all ages and abilities receive the services they need to reach their full potential. She feels truly honored by each and every family who entrusts The Behavior Exchange to be part of their journey and is committed to the organization’s core values, mission, and goal of being a beacon of hope for the community.

Adam has always had a passion for helping individuals of all ages thrive and reach their full potential. He’s also an enthusiastic musician, songwriter, leader, and devoted family man, who has been helping children and team members grow with The Behavior Exchange since 2010.

Prior to joining the team at The Behavior Exchange, Adam was a mortgage loan consultant and grad student, pursuing his master’s degree in Education at the University of North Texas. He graduated in 2013 and also earned a graduate academic certificate in Autism Intervention. The following year, after years as a Behavior Therapist and seeing first-hand the power of ABA and the meaningful impact it can have on children and their families, Adam became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He then commenced from the Stagen Leadership Academy after completing the Integral Leadership Program (ILP), a 52-week practice-based program designed to develop executives serious about transforming themselves, their teams, and their organizations.

Adam is truly grateful to be a part of a dynamic, inspiring and compassionate team, and he’s dedicated to bettering the lives of all children and their families through the delivery of the highest quality of ABA services, while supporting the amazing team at The Behavior Exchange.

Soraya is from South Africa and moved to Texas in 1996. She graduated from The University of Texas and pursued a career, at that time, in Education. Soraya taught at a Montessori school for a few years and then took on a leadership role.

During her time in the education system, Soraya realized her passion was to assist children with special needs. So she joined The Behavior Exchange as a therapist, transitioned into a supervisory role in 2017, and a year and a half later, was promoted to Clinical Operations Manager.

She quickly learned the ins and outs of ABA operations and scheduling and successfully collaborates across departments to ensure The Behavior Exchange continues to provide quality services to clients and their families. She’s thankful to be part of such an amazing organization and excited to see what the future holds.

You could say Walter’s career started when he spent hours as a young child drawing superheroes and coloring maps. This passion, along with extraordinary swimming skills, landed him a full swimming scholarship at Texas Christian University, where he graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Graphics.

During the next 13 years, his design and art direction skills, conceptual-thinking abilities, and marketing-savvy know-how were honed at a few prestigious advertising and marketing agencies around the Dallas area. In the mid 2000s, he helped his wife Tammy Cline-Soza (founder and CEO of The Behavior Exchange) create a unique and concise brand for her new business. From logos and websites to uniforms, brand voice and visuals, Walter has been the main creative force for all things The Behavior Exchange.

Aside from giving birth to The Behavior Exchange brand, Walter is helping Tammy raise two amazing, beautiful children, River and Sierra. In his spare time (the two minutes he’s got per week), you can find Walter illustrating iconic landmarks of Dallas and Texas or looking around for this next open-water swim. Once he gets back in shape.

After 20 years of building The Behavior Exchange, literally from the ground up,
Tammy couldn’t be more proud of the team, culture, and organization that it has become.

As a family helping families, The Behavior Exchanges looks for opportunities that will make the biggest impact and produce life-changing outcomes – for clients, families, and even for team members. Tammy believes that if a team, a family, a community takes care of each other, the possibilities are endless and the relationships built along the way can make life more enriching and challenges easier to navigate. You could say her goal has been to build a kind of utopia full of support, love, and expertise that brings the best services possible to the community and ensures more families have access to those services.

Tammy and her family have dedicated their lives to the mission of The Behavior Exchange and continue to grow, learn, cultivate, challenge, support, and create better models for success. To that end, she is committed to her own leadership development and actively participates in advanced training, mentoring, and deep self-exploration on how to live out her purpose to love and support her family and help others reach their full potential. She takes her position very seriously and tries to serve as a channel for what the universe wants to come to fruition.

She also loves travel, gardening, being creative, MUSIC!, tennis, yoga, meditation, journaling, reading, being in nature, adventures, and more than anything, spending time with her husband Walter and their two beautiful children, River and Sierra.