The Behavior Exchange preps children with autism for social environments

The Behavior Exchange mostly works with children with an autism spectrum disorder, but such a diagnosis is not required for services. (Courtesy The Behavior Exchange)
The Behavior Exchange mostly works with children with an autism spectrum disorder, but such a diagnosis is not required for services. (Courtesy The Behavior Exchange)

The Behavior Exchange mostly works with children with an autism spectrum disorder, but such a diagnosis is not required for services. (Courtesy The Behavior Exchange)

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Adam Cline is the clinical director for The Behavior Exchange, which has locations in Frisco and Plano. (Daniel Houston/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The majority of children the Behavior Exchange serves have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, but the company does not require such a diagnosis to work with a child. (Courtesy The Behavior Exchange)
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The Behavior Exchange’s Frisco was designed specifically for applied behavior analysis therapy and features an exploratory garden and play area outside. (Courtesy The Behavior Exchange)
Working with children with special needs, Adam Cline and his staff put their stock in an evidence-based approach.

Cline is the clinical director at The Behavior Exchange, which uses applied behavior analysis to help children with autism spectrum disorders and behavioral issues prepare for normal classroom and social environments.

Therapy sessions are evidence-based, Cline said, and are aimed at helping children of all ages, with a strong emphasis on early childhood intervention.

“What differentiates us from other therapies ... is that [ours] is based on science, based on research,” Cline said. “So it has been proven to be effective over decades of studies.”

Cline’s sister, Tammy Cline-Soza, founded the company in 2004.

After opening a Plano location, the company established its Frisco location, which serves as its headquarters, in 2018.

Behavior Exchange therapy focuses on intensive one-on-one intervention, and the Frisco location was designed specifically for applied behavior analysis. It also features an exploratory garden and play area outside, Cline said.

The Behavior Exchange serves children from the ages of 18 months to 13 years, he said. The earlier the clinic begins to work with children, the better results they typically see.

As part of the precautions instituted amid of the coronavirus pandemic to keep clients and staff safe, Cline said the clinic now offers training and support for families in person and through telehealth.

“As an essential service provider, we’re committed to remaining a beacon of hope in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Cline said via email. “We believe communication is crucial and send weekly updates to our families and our organization so everyone stays informed in this fluid situation.”

The Behavior Exchange

8501 Wade Blvd., Bldg. 12, Frisco

972-755-3802

www.behaviorexchange.com

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., closed Sat.-Sun.
By William C. Wadsack
William C. Wadsack is editor of the Frisco edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana before joining Community Impact Newspaper in 2019.
By Daniel Houston
Daniel Houston covers Plano city government, transportation, business and education for Community Impact Newspaper. A Fort Worth native and Baylor University graduate, Daniel reported previously for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City and The Dallas Morning News.


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