The Texana Children’s Center for Autism will be able to upgrade approximately 24 iPads thanks to a generous grant donation from The Harry S. & Isabel C. Cameron Foundation.

The applied behavior analysis program has used this technology since early 2012 when a software company developed an app to capture data in real time.

Over the years, Texana has tried various brands of tablets, but has discovered that the Apple product is more compatible with the software.

“The Catalyst software has been a wonderful edition to our program for multiple reasons. It has allowed our Board Certified Behavior Analysts to track and monitor the data for their clients without hours of data entry at the end of the day, but my favorite reason is that our parents can log into a web-based portal and also see the real-time data and how their child is improving,” said George Patterson, Chief Executive Officer.

The Children’s Center for Autism provides one to one applied behavior analysis treatment for children ages 2-21 with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum disorder.

Each child has specific individualized objectives to meet, and daily data collected will determine if those objectives have been met.

The ability to take this data in real time via technology has greatly benefited the children, their parents and the overall program.

Texana Center is a 501© 3 public, not for profit, organization that provides behavioral healthcare and developmental disabilities services to residents of a six county area that includes Austin, Colorado, Fort Bend, Matagorda, Waller and Wharton Counties.

Texana Center has its headquarters in Rosenberg in Fort Bend County.

Texana serves about 14,000 clients per year in its array of service programs that are located in each of the six counties, covering about 6,000 square miles.

The Center is designated by the Texas Department of Aging and Disabilities Services as the Local Mental Retardation Authority and by the Texas Department of State Health Services as the Local Mental Health Authority. Texana Center is a member of the Texas Council of Community MHMR Services, the National Council for Behavioral Healthcare Services, and Mental Health Corporations of America.

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