Child Study Center Receives Extended Grant from Masonic Home and School of Texas


FORT WORTH, TXDecember 18, 2015 – Child Study Center today announced that Masonic Home and School of Texas has extended the funding of a training program for parents of children with autism. This parent training program is being offered in the Behavior Disorders Clinic at Child Study Center. The goal of the program is to teach parents effective ways to increase desirable behavior and to decrease problem behavior. Masonic Home and School of Texas started funding this program in 2015. Because Masonic Home and School of Texas sees the benefits of the program and the needs of the community, it has doubled the number of families the Behavior Disorders Clinic at Child Study Center is able to serve. In 2016, the program will serve 46 families.

The program, funded by Masonic Home and School of Texas, is an intensive, two-week clinic-based parent training on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) procedures.  ABA practitioners use scientifically-validated behavioral procedures to solve real-life problems. Examples of some of the problems for which ABA has been particularly effective are aggression, self-injury, and deficits in communication and self-help skills.

“Some children with autism display problem behavior, such as physical aggression, self-injury, property destruction, or defiance/noncompliance.  The goal of this program is to improve overall family life by teaching parents effective ways to manage disruptive behavior and to teach appropriate replacement behavior,” said Child Study Center Director of Applied Behavior Analysis and Education Duy D. Le, MS, BCBA.

Masonic Home and School of Texas also provides support for scholarships at the Child Study Center’s Jane Justin School, which delivers individualized education to students ages 3 through 15 with developmental and learning disabilities and behavior disorders.

“The Masonic Home’s ongoing support builds on our mission to help children with complex developmental disabilities reach their full potential,” said Child Study Center Medical Director and CEO Joyce E. Mauk, M.D. “This grant will continue to allow us to extend our reach to more families in our community and our hope is that we will be able to replicate this program in other areas of Texas.”

Space is limited to 46 families. For more information about this program, please contact Cecelia Quinn at 817-390-2889 or


Child Study Center provides children with complex developmental and behavioral disabilities the highest quality diagnosis, treatment, and education, to help them achieve their full potential.  Founded in 1962, Child Study Center is a non-profit 501(C) (3) organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. Located near downtown Fort Worth, it is one of the few centers in the nation offering multiple services under one roof.  Child Study Center includes Developmental Pediatrics and Psychology Services, a state-of-the-art school for children with special needs (Jane Justin School), and an Applied Behavior Analysis program for children with developmental disabilities and related behavior disorders.