Why Choose Us?
- Our Personal Connection to Autism.
- We are a small company so we offer more personalized services with greater flexibility and communication with families.
- We only accept patients when we have immediate openings, meaning you will receive services quickly
- Our approach to ABA is we apply principals in a different way: one that is person-centered while honoring family choice and wishes
Our mission is to help our clients communicate effectively and learn the necessary social, educational, functional, and adaptive skills to lead a happy and productive life. We believe in a parent partnership where we aim to give families the tools necessary to empower their child to overcome their personal challenges and to be the best they can be.
Why did we choose the name “Snowflakes ABA?”
One day, I was driving home from visiting family in Michigan, thinking about my son Zach who is on the spectrum and how different all the children were whom I had met with autism. “They are sort of like snowflakes, each completely different from the others, and each beautiful in their own way,” I thought to myself. That’s what I should name my company…Snowflakes! It is such an appropriate description of individuals on the spectrum. One of the most common phrases in the autism community is, “When you’ve met one child with autism, you’ve met one child with autism!” Christy’s son, Michael, who is on the spectrum, is also completely different than Zach. He had great success in high school and now attends community college. Zach is on a path of vocational rehabilitation, working at different places in the community, such as Goodwill, Walmart and the local library.
We started Snowflakes ABA because we are 2 parents who have been on this journey, and we wanted to help other families navigate the experiences that we encountered. I began my path while living in Georgia where I was on the faculty of the University of Georgia, teaching music. After Zach was diagnosed, we sought help in the area and found that there weren’t a lot of services for children with autism. We moved to Michigan to get support from family and treatment for Zach. At 4, when we moved, Zach was still nonverbal and hadn’t received any ABA. With the help of an ABA company in Ann Arbor and the evidence-based methods they used, Zach finally was able to express his wants and needs, greatly opening his world and his happiness. Soon after, I decided I wanted to help other children make the progress I was finally seeing with Zach. I went back to school and received my BCBA certification.
During this same period, Christy gave birth to her sweet son Michael. She noticed that he was not developing in the same way as his older sister and received county-based services starting when he was 9 months. He was diagnosed at the age of 2 and participated in a summer ABA program and had one year of ABA in the school. She also hired private providers to work with him. The results were dramatic! Christy at the time was just finished with a master’s degree in business (MBA) and was working as a market researcher. After starting my BCBA coursework I said to her that she would be an amazing behavior analyst! So, she too went back to school and received her BCBA certification. Christy has been an amazing advocate in the autism world, helping pass multiple legislations in Virginia to help people with autism. She was also the president of the Virginia Association for Behavior Analysts and is now the Administrative Director. She continues to practice in Virginia, helps with legislation, and teaches behavior analysis ethics courses at Mary Baldwin College, where she recently won a teaching award.
We are committed to supporting children and families by helping them navigate the challenges and celebrate the wins that come with being a part of the autism community.
Our best success comes from the collaborative approach we take with families, our learners and other service providers.
As therapists we want to enter our learners’ worlds. We use a child-led therapy approach to get the most from our sessions. Child-led play and therapy helps promote self confidence, language, and social skills in children.
We believe in leading with compassion. Every individual is not only unique but also integral to their family & community.
The first step in getting started with services is to have a consultation with our team. On our consultation will discuss your specific goals, share with you more info on our approach.