Dr. Melissa Switzer has been providing community based therapy services in the Knoxville area for a year and a half through her company, Behavioral Foundations. While community based services are still a priority of Behavioral Foundations, their expansion into a larger space will bring even more services to locals. The new facility provides individualized therapy rooms and a spacious sensory motor room which includes a swing, ball pit, a mini trampoline, a variety of toys, and the opportunity for kids with autism to socialize with each other.
“When I first started Behavioral Foundations I wanted to serve as many families as possible,” said Dr. Melissa Switzer, Owner and Director of Behavioral Foundations. “But it became increasingly difficult to do that while providing only house calls. This new facility allows me to reach more families and expand the type of services we offer like our social groups and peer play programs.”
But it isn’t only kids and adults with autism that Behavioral Foundations offers, they also are reaching out to parents to help them get the support they need through a monthly support group. Behavioral Foundations will provide ongoing social gatherings for parents such as a monthly coffee social with free childcare so that parents can get to know each other and build a strong community of support for themselves and their loved ones.
“We want to help individuals with developmental challenges become the best they can be,” Dr. Switzer said. “But we also want to support the parents who are the foundation of their loved one’s health and well being.”
And for Behavioral Foundations, the type of therapy provided to individuals with autism is critical in determining how well they develop. That’s why Dr. Switzer, who has over 14 years experience and is one of the few doctoral level therapists serving kids and adults with autism in East Tennessee, uses Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) to treat autism.
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