1555 SE Delaware, Ankeny, IA 50021




ABA Therapy

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the ONLY researched-based treatment proven to significantly improve the lives of individuals with autism and other special needs. It does so by dramatically decreasing challenging behaviors while increasing skills needed for effective communication, learning, and everyday living. ABA has the power to change people’s lives! Our ABA therapy program provides behavioral intervention and treatment in different forms depending upon each child’s and family’s needs. Each child will have an individualized treatment plan with goals created by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) after a detailed assessment has been performed. Therapy will be implemented through a team-based approach, in which the BCBA and trained Registered Behavior Technicians work together to help each child reach his or her goals. Treatment sessions are conducted in Discrete Trials Training and Natural Environment Training formats and are based upon each child’s individual learning style. Areas targeted include: all domains of functional communication and language, visual discrimination, imitation skills, appropriate play skills, self-help skills, potty training, motor skills, pre-academic skills, social skills, observational learning, generalization, and parent training.


Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy involves the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of communication disorders of all ages. 

Specific areas of treatment include: 

· Expressive Language

· Receptive Language

· Articulation

· Phonological Awareness

· Apraxia of Speech

· Augmentative Communication

· Feeding and Swallowing Difficulties

· Social Communication skills

· Self-Calming Skills

· Understanding and Following Directions

· Reading and Story Comprehension

· Appropriately expressing wants and needs 

· Taking turns in conversation or play 

· Stayin on-topic in Conversation

· Establishing or Initiating attention

· Understanding social rules 

· Reading social cues

· How to us appropriate language in specific situations

· Perspective-Taking and understanding other points of view

· Making Inferences

· Figurative Language


Autism Diagnostic Assessments

Axis has highly trained staffed that can assist with assessing and screening for autism.  The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) is a semi-structured assessment of communication, social interaction, and play for individuals suspected of having autism or other pervasive developmental disorders.  This assessment is administered by our Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Speech Language Pathologist. The ADOS consists of standardized activities that allow the examiner to observe the occurrence or non-occurrence of behaviors that have been identified as important to the diagnosis of autism and other pervasive developmental disorders across developmental levels and chronological ages. These ratings can then be used to formulate a diagnosis through the use of a diagnostic algorithm. 

Social Skills Groups


Social Skills Groups

Based on the needs and goals of the participants, social skills groups may focus on: initiating interaction with peers, forming and maintaining friendships, navigating peer relationships, maintaining a conversation, appropriate language and behavior used in social settings, gameplay (winning and losing gracefully), collaborative group projects, identifying and managing feelings, recognizing and responding to emotions in others, taking the perspective of others, conflict resolution, anger-management, coping skills, and bullying.



Based on the needs and goals of the participants, playgroups may focus on: appropriately initiating interaction with peers, effective listening and communication, taking turns, gross-motor and sensory-motor play, how to be a good friend, play skills development, gameplay and group games, identifying and expressing feelings to others, responding to emotions in others, anger management, coping skills, conflict resolution, direction following, impulse control, frustration tolerance, and attention span. 

Groups and Resources for Families


Parent and Family Education

Parents and family members of children with special needs often experience a range of emotions that can undermine the family’s well being. Families need a place to turn when they experience feelings and concerns. Our family support services help families cope with the challenges associated with raising and living with a child with special needs, while building their capacity for intervention, advocacy, and knowledge. We strive to empower families through education and support by assisting with understanding the unique needs of their child and informing them on the treatment planning process. We offer explanations of the principles of ABA and direct training on how to implement strategies. A variety of classes workshops will be offered to give families a working knowledge of Applied Behavior Analysis and the skills necessary to effectively serve as an interventionist and advocate for your child.     


Sibling Groups

Our Sibling groups explore a variety of topics related to growing up with a sibling with special needs. Siblings will learn ways to build a better relationship with their sibling, as well as receive support in a fun, relaxing, and recreational environment. 


Parent Group

This group provides an opportunity for parents to meet to share ideas, experiences, resources, discuss a variety of topics related to raising a child with special needs, as well as benefit from the support of other families going through similar situations.