Texas NeuroRehab Center

Texas NeuroRehab Center is a specialized residential treatment facility located ten minutes from downtown Austin on 67 wooded acres. Treatment is available for boys and girls ages 8-17, with IQs that fall as low as 40. These children may be facing a combination of medical, behavioral, social and learning difficulties.

The cognitive behavioral approach used by Texas NeuroRehab Center has been formed from over 40 years of experience working with the developmentally delayed population. Best practices from all treatment modalities are combined to make up the Wagon Train Autism Program. Routine, predictability and consistency create the groundwork for the improvement of coping skills, activities of daily living and tolerance of transition.

Texas NeuroRehab Center is licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a psychiatric hospital and by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services as a Residential Treatment Center, and it is accredited by The Joint Commission.

Texas NeuroRehab Center Autism Program

The program at Texas NeuroRehab Center takes place in a 16-bed living unit. The primary goal of the program is to help the patient function more effectively in a variety of environments. The second goal is to master basic functional routines that will lead to increased self-care and independent living. The program operates with a full-time staff of physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, speech therapists, family therapists and recreational therapists.

Specific areas on the living unit correspond with skill acquisition: sensory activity room, functional routines area, round-up area, solo workstations and a gathering area. Color-coded walls and furniture identify each space. In addition to a full sensory gym on campus, the sensory activity room on the unit was developed by occupational therapists representing over 30 years of experience working with sensory deficits that accompany spectrum disorders.

The functional routines area enables staff to measure progress in certain activities of daily living through data tabulation that is recorded in the treatment plan. Functional routines can be adjusted quickly and may even shorten the patient’s length of stay if concrete progress is proven. Potty training, washing hands and brushing teeth are a few examples of functional routines; as a child masters one skill, she or he moves on to another.

The solo workstations feature privacy desks that allow the children to practice focusing and working independently while remaining a part of the community.

The round-up area is arranged with colored tiles in the floor and picture schedules to encourage children to transition from one activity, or place, to the next.

The gathering area is designed to allow children on the unit to practice social skills. It is also where the goals group meets daily.

The ideal length of stay in the Autism Program is six months to a year. The designated areas on the unit can easily be implemented in another environment, and staff will teach caregivers how to use those strategies post-discharge.