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At The Robert Grey Center, we provide ABA autism therapy and comprehensive social and academic education. Leaning into your child's strengths, we help them generalize new skills in a wide variety of environments. This balanced approach is what kids with autism need to reach their full potential and until the Robert Grey Center, hard to find!

Our Services

At The Robert Grey Center, children attend a full day program and receive one-on-one ABA autism therapy. They also have the opportunity for speech and language therapy and occupational therapy. All of our programs are individualized, and designed to meet children where they are and get them where they need to be.

Children and families at The Robert Grey Center enjoy: 

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy

ABA is a therapy based on the science of learning and behavior. Children at the Robert Grey Center receive this child-centered and data-driven therapy to help them reach their highest potential. They have individualized behavior plans and one-on-one therapy from qualified clinicians.

Our naturalistic teaching methods are used in conjunction with ABA, a model that allows our children the opportunity to learn socially appropriate behaviors within the context of the social environments they find themselves in everyday. This balanced approach to ABA builds skills for school, the playground, the lunchroom, home, the grocery store, and much more!

Learn more about ABA at Robert Grey.

Speech and Language Therapy

Children with autism can have difficulty using words or understanding and connecting with others, as autism often co-exists with speech and language disorders. Children at the Robert Grey Center can receive speech-language therapy as part of their personalized treatment plan.

Our certified Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) target skills in both verbal and non verbal communication and integrate speech therapy into our naturalistic ABA practices. We pride ourselves on providing services that are connected with functional and meaningful outcomes in natural learning environments. After all, what's the point of communication if not to interact with the world around us? 

Our SLPs work collaboratively with other teachers and caregivers both inside the center and within your family to create a functional system of communication unique to each student. By being thoroughly integrated and active in the student's therapy and other programming, our SLPs not only teach students the skill of communication but also enable them to use those skills in their daily environment.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy addresses physical, cognitive, social/emotional, and sensory needs. Our occupational therapists focus on using naturalistic engagement to help children with self-care skills, motor planing, academics, sleep, eating, play and leisure, and social participation.

This can cover a wide variety of goals and situations. Maybe your child needs help using their hands and fingers to get dressed, write their name, or brush their teeth. Maybe they have sensory challenges that prevent them from eating a wide variety of foods, wearing certain articles of clothing or is so distracting that they can't attend to other therapy or learning sessions. Or, perhaps gross motor is a challenge and they need to build up strength in their core muscles, arms and legs. These are just a few examples of how occupational therapy can improve quality of life.

At the Robert Grey Center, our therapists work individually with each child. Through analysis and environmental modification, they help reduce the obstacles that children with autism face in participating in all of life’s activities. This helps to enable our children to live a more active and independent life. 

Community Programming

At the Robert Grey Center, we aren't just teaching skills. It's important for children with autism that they have the opportunity to use and generalize those skills in a wide variety of situations, especially when it comes to improving their ability to socialize and communicate with peers. 

We create a variety of programs that enable children to take the skills they're learning in ABA and translate them to a community environment. We will bring the community to The Robert Grey Center and we will venture out into our community to enjoy and practice all of the skills the children are working so hard on. And we'll have fun doing it! 

Family Support

For families, life with an autism diagnosis is challenging enough! We believe that the more supportive we can be for the family - whatever family looks like for you - the more your child will thrive.

Here's just a few things that are in the works at the Robert Grey Center: parent and sibling support groups, "parents night out"where you get to go out for dinner while we care for your child in the familiar environment of the center, laundry and meal services, and more. We're always looking for new ways to make life just a bit easier for our families. 

Individualized Curriculum

Every child with autism develops at their own pace. That's why it's so important that we meet them where they are. When a child comes to the Robert Grey Center, we asses their current level of skills, set goals based on where they are and where you want them to be, and then continually update, monitor and adjust our approach based on their progress and needs. 

These individualized curriculums and treatment plans can include: life skills, social skills, behavioral needs, family life support, and academic-readiness programs for children who are preparing to make the transition into a more traditional school setting.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to pay for ABA therapy for my child? Will my insurance cover/pay for ABA therapy?

In Rhode Island there is a law known as the ABA mandate law. This means most insurance plans are required to cover ABA services for children with an autism diagnosis.

Our billing services team will work with you to check your current policy as well as alternate funding sources if required. They are set up to handle all insurance needs from authorizations to ongoing claims and billing. We accept insurance coverage from most providers.

What are the benefits of center based ABA therapy versus a traditional school setting? How is ABA therapy different from school?

ABA is different from school in many ways. With ABA, your child is getting:

  • One on one instruction
  • Staff members are well-trained and comfortable with the varied types of instruction that children on the spectrum need.
  • More intensive educational programming for learners on the autism spectrum.
  • Programs integrate parents into teams more easily than public programs, and are comfortable with parent requests for sharing data and other information on progress.
  • Support services may also be available in-house, such as parent training programs, home programming assistance, and sibling support groups.
When is the best time to begin ABA therapy?

Research shows that early diagnosis of and interventions for autism are more likely to have major long-term positive effects on symptoms and long term skills. The earlier, the better.

This is because at young ages, your child goes through critical periods in their development. These critical periods are stages in which your child is sensitive to their environment. Teaching certain concepts in these young years allows brain development to have the most positive effects for the long term.

Does ABA therapy replace school?

The short answer is; ABA therapy is a full day therapy that your child can attend for a period of time to help  prepare them for a school setting.

Now, here are the details. ABA therapy is helpful in preparing children with autism for school, but it is not intended to replace school because it is not focused on academics. By participating in early intensive behavioral interventions like ABA therapy, toddlers, preschool-age children, and even older children can work on the essential skills they need to enter the classroom. At The Robert Grey Center, support for school readiness may include: self-care and hygiene, such as going to the bathroom and washing hands; paying attention to and responding to teachers; following instructions; having a meal with others; and being aware of one's body and personal space. Our particular focus of naturalistic ABA treatment at The Robert Grey Center allows for learning through play and work to generalize skills learned with friends and in other social situations like circle time, as well as one-on-one naturalistic therapy. When combined with other services like occupational and speech therapy, we are able to teach children how to hold a pencil, use scissors, and tolerate sitting in a chair, among other skills that can help them succeed in a more traditional classroom.

Parents Love Us

What They're Saying

"Before this work, we were in a very different and difficult place with our daughter. Behaviors were at an all time high and were ever changing. Since then, we have had such a huge change and learned so much. We now have tools to help even in the hardest of situations. Not only am I more confident in helping my daughter but she is learning self coping skills as well. Our other children have been included, too, and this work has helped our whole family to be happier in our home together. It is more than I could ever have asked for."


Katie Furtado
Autism Parent and Client

"When our son was diagnosed with Autism, we didn’t know where to begin! We were immediately put at ease with reassurance, resources and options we didn’t know existed. We learned how to communicate and engage with our son, and felt supported throughout our entire personal journey. As we became more knowledgeable and patient, we were able to provide our son with an environment in which he could thrive and succeed. We are so grateful!"


Diane Moore
Austim Parent, Client, and MBA, MSN, APRN-BC

"Bethany is a blessing to our whole family! She is deeply skilled, compassionate, caring, and will do everything possible to help your child become the absolute best version of themselves they can be. My daughter has ASD, ADHD, severe anxiety, and other diagnoses that can make life pretty difficult to navigate. Bethany meets her where she is and has taught her coping skills and independence. She is quick on her feet, thinks outside of the box, and has a way of really building up a child’s confidence. My daughter continues to grow and make huge strides."


Rachael Kaplan
Autism Parent

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