Our services in and around Covington, Louisiana, are led by Dr. Rebecca Mandal-Blasio and her team of compassionate, highly-trained clinicians.
Many things are still unknown about autism, but we do know that applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the most effective form of treatment for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to decades of empirical research. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics considers ABA the gold standard of therapy for individuals with autism.
At AST, we refer to our approach as contemporary ABA to distinguish our therapy from the older, more structured form of treatment. Refined through decades of clinical insights and experience, our contemporary ABA:
Uses data and current research to inform and guide practices and treatment
Makes learning playful, naturalistic, age-appropriate, and fun
Integrates the unique needs, interests, culture, and values of your child and family
Considers you and other caregivers a core partner in your child’s treatment
Our unique contemporary ABA therapy can help your child:
To learn and grow, kids need to feel safe and be able to navigate the many facets of school effectively. We work with schools in a variety of capacities to give individual students and schools the behavioral support they need to succeed. School services vary and can include:
• one-on-one support in the classroom
• consulting services, including IEP team support
• teacher, parent, caregiver, and family trainings
Our Learning Center Services give your child a chance to learn with and alongside peers, practicing and honing social, play, self-help, and communication skills, while gaining experience interacting with others. Designed exclusively for contemporary ABA therapy, many of our Learning Centers feature spaces for gross motor development, group learning areas, pretend-play spaces, and dedicated space for one-on-one time to accommodate the range of activities offered, depending on your child’s treatment plan.
Our Home & Community Services take place in your child’s natural environment, where we work one-on-one with your child for a prescribed number of hours a week. Targeting goals specified in your child’s treatment plan (e.g., toilet training), we integrate contemporary ABA therapy into your typical family routine. One of our exceptionally-trained behavior technicians delivers care in your home, under the guidance and supervision of a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA).
“I truly feel it’s my life’s destiny is to teach children with developmental disabilities how to become the best person possible while advocating for families to have the access to services they deserve.”
Dr. Rebecca Mandal-Blasio is AST’s Senior Clinical Director in Louisiana. She leads a team of Supervisors and Behavior Interventionists serving families in and around New Orleans. A Louisiana native, Dr. Mandal-Blasio received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine as part of the Neurobehavioral Outpatient Unit and Pervasive Developmental Disorders Clinic. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Louisiana and the former Director of the Northlake Resource Center on Developmental Disabilities.
"I feel so grateful to work alongside such an outstanding and caring team that help so many families in the New Orleans area access the quality services they need."
Taylor Roane, M.S. Ed., BCBA, LBA is the Clinical Director of the New Orleans Southshore Region. Taylor was born and raised in New Orleans and received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Taylor gained experience in ABA working with children with autism and other disabilities in clinic and school settings and fell in love with the field. She returned home to New Orleans and received her Master’s degree from Arizona State University in Special Education with an emphasis in Autism Spectrum Disorders while continuing to provide ABA therapy to children in the New Orleans area. Taylor joined AST in 2012 as a behavior technician and after receiving her BCBA in 2013, she was promoted to one of our first clinical supervisors in New Orleans. Taylor has held numerous positions at AST NOLA including behavior technician, behavior analyst, behavior consultant, trainer, managing behavior analyst, and now assistant clinical director.
"I feel passionately that ABA is a strong tool to support children and their families as they learn and grow together."
Bradley Ross serves as a Clinical Director for AST, where he coordinates a team of behavior analysts, intervention specialists, and other service providers to deliver high-quality services for children with autism and other disabilities. Since joining AST in 2016, Bradley has predominately worked in the Louisiana Northshore area. Born and raised in Louisiana, he received his master’s degree in psychology from Southeastern Louisiana University and completed ABA coursework through St. Joseph’s University. Bradley completed an internship and later served as a Behavioral Program Supervisor for Northlake Supports and Services Center, where he worked to transition adults with developmental disabilities into community homes. During his experience working with adults, Bradley learned the importance of early intervention services and began to transition to work with children. He is a board certified behavior analyst and a licensed behavior analyst in the state of Louisiana.