Since 2001

For more than 20 years, Autism Spectrum Therapies has helped thousands of children with autism find success in school and life.

Our services in and around greater West Albuquerque, New Mexico are led by Laura Charin and her team of compassionate, highly-trained clinicians.

Our unique contemporary applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy can help your child with autism reach their full potential—and ultimately live a happy, fulfilling life.

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Serving You Close to Home

Life is busy — we get it. And every child is different. At AST, we offer therapy in the place that meets your child’s needs, whether in your home and community or at one of our Learning Centers

Our Services

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Learning Center

Here, children thrive in a supportive play-based atmosphere.

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Home & Community

Our Home and Community Services take place in your child’s natural environment.

Our Team

Laura Charin, M.Ed, BCBA

Clinical Director

“Nothing is more rewarding than seeing the positive changes to a whole family’s daily routine that result from successful interventions. I am passionate about training and supporting our staff to use evidence-based practices and help more families.” 

Laura is AST’s clinical director for the Albuquerque region. She has been working in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) with children with developmental disabilities since 2005. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of Charleston and her Master’s in special education for severe and multiple disabilities from the University of South Carolina. She is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA). Laura has provided services in South Carolina, Washington D.C., and Maryland, and now resides in Albuquerque. She is passionate about delivering research-based interventions in natural environment settings and providing supervision and training for future behavior analysts. 

Jocelyn Thompson, LCSW, BCBA

Vice President, Clinical Services

Jocelyn Thompson is a Vice President of Clinical Services for LEARN Behavioral based out of Sacramento, CA. Jocelyn currently manages services in Northern and Southern California, the Pacific Northwest, New Mexico and Louisiana. For the last 15 years, Jocelyn has worked with diverse populations in multiple settings as a behavior analyst and a social worker. Jocelyn received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from UCLA where she studied under the direction of Dr. Ivar Lovaas and completed an internship at the Lovaas Institute for Early Intervention. Jocelyn then received her master’s degree in social work from California State University, Los Angeles, where she also completed graduate coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis. Jocelyn has actively promoted the field of applied behavior analysis through her involvement and work with local, state and national organizations. In 2013, she was selected by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) to be part of the workgroup that developed and piloted the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification. She currently serves as the marketing/outreach chair for Autism Speaks-Sacramento Walk, is a committee member of the Autism Intervention Network at the UC Davis MIND Institute and is on the ABA advisory panel for EQ Health Solutions. Jocelyn is also a member of the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA) stakeholders advisory committee and was elected to the CalABA Board as their Professional Association Liaison. Jocelyn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in California and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

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Our Network

AST is a state approved Medicaid provider in New Mexico. In addition, we are in-network with most private health insurance plans.

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Greater Albuquerque

Our Learning Center and Offices

      AST is part of LEARN Behavioral